Zach Bowman

Owners of the new
cars reviewed by this
critic give him/her
an overall credibility
rating of:

6.0 out of 10
Critic's Review History

In their published
reviews, this critic awards
an average score of:

83

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

98

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

70

2011 Nissan Rogue SUV

10/22/10
83
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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Nissan Rogue SUV
SUV/Truck

While the 2011 Rogue manages to cover all of the crossover bases, there’s very little to differentiate this compact utility from the rest of the crowd.

2011 Nissan Juke Hatchback

01/24/11
83
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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Nissan Juke Hatchback
Hatchback

The styling of the Nissan Juke may not be for everyone, but after a week with the five-door, we grew warm to its funky face. Hey, if people can welcome pug dogs into their homes, they should have no problem opening up the garage door for the 2011 Juke.

2012 Honda Civic

04/20/11
83
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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Honda Civic
Sedan

With a tweaked body, slightly adjusted interior and nudges to the suspension and drivetrain, the 2012 Civic is effectively generation 8.1, but that just might be enough to keep the hordes at bay and Honda out of history’s dog house.

2011 Subaru Forester SUV

12/10/10
83
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Subaru Forester SUV
SUV/Truck

We’ve liked the Forester since it’s 1998 debut, and while we would have liked the third-generation boxer engine bring to bring a little more to the table, the quieter, smoother mill makes for a more pleasant driving experience altogether.

2012 Acura TL Sedan

03/09/11
83
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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Acura TL Sedan
Sedan

We’re thrilled to see Acura invested in toning down its over-the-top styling in favor of lines that are significantly more palatable. Here’s hoping that the 2012 TL will be the new face of things to come from Acura.

2011 Lincoln MKX SUV

09/13/10
82
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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Lincoln MKX SUV
SUV/Truck

With more power, a quieter cabin and an interior that’s finally becoming of a true luxury brand, the MKX has the makings of a sales winner. We’re just not sure the Lincoln high-rider is far enough away from its kissing-cousin, the Ford Edge.

2011 Dodge Journey SUV

12/03/10
82
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Dodge Journey SUV
SUV/Truck

It’s nothing short of amazing how much Dodge has managed to change the Journey in such a short period of time. With a little more work in the fuel-economy and exterior styling department, this could be an unlikely top-runner in a hotly competitive segment.

2011 Volvo XC60 SUV

01/04/11
82
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Volvo XC60 SUV
SUV/Truck

If you can get past the hurdle of starting the XC60 R-Design, you’ll find one very beautiful, but pricey crossover. Give us a little more power, a set of adjusted dampers and a reworked starting sequence there’s no denying how right the Volvo design team got the XC60 R-Design.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

06/16/10
82
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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Wagon

While the R350’s new corporate uniform will likely win over a handful of customers, chances are Mercedes buyers will just as soon buy the big-boy GL-Class SUV over its crossover sister – and at $49,300 for the gasoline R Class, we can’t really blame them.

2012 Infiniti EX

04/16/12
81
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Infiniti EX
SUV/Truck

Despite its excellent on-road manners, the EX35 is ultimately undone by a dearth of cabin and cargo space – it’s a crossover utility vehicle without the utility.

2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback

04/06/11
81
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback
Hatchback

For all of the bellyaching that we could work up over how long it takes to fully charge the Volt, GM has done an amazing job of building an EV that drives just like any other vehicle on the road.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

12/07/11
81
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Hatchback

The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is certainly a step in the right direction, but the MSRP, low power figures and lackluster fuel economy might have us sniffing elsewhere if we were in the market for an adorable retro hatchback.

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