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

2012 Jeep Wrangler

02/17/12
83
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Jeep Wrangler
SUV/Truck

A loaded Wrangler Sport is certainly not cheap, but we would be just as happy with the base version. Even with 3.21 gears and open differentials on both ends, the Wrangler Sport is an unstoppable force of nature and a suitable heir to the throne.

2011 Kia Optima

12/20/10
84
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Kia Optima
Sedan

The decision between the Sonata 2.0T and Optima 2.0T SX will come down to styling preference. The Optima’s heavy steering and less attractive interior may lose some buyers, we’re guessing that Kia isn’t going to have a problem finding buyers.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

12/27/11
87
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
SUV/Truck

The 2012 Evoque has a unique knack for making onlookers want to be behind the wheel. With its emotive styling and precise driving dynamics, we could have spent another month behind the wheel without complaint.

2011 Lincoln MKX

09/13/10
82
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Lincoln MKX
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 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

09/08/10
85
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Sedan

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has no problem besting its closest competitor, the Lexus HS250h, in every way. With more room and power, a quieter cabin, a comparable MSRP and significantly better fuel economy, it’s simply a better vehicle.

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

06/16/10
82
100

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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.

2014 Nissan GT-R

07/11/13
98
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2014 Nissan GT-R
Coupe

This is a car that rankles established supercar players with names like Lamborghini,Ferrari and Porsche, and does so with a Nissan badge on the hood.

2011 Nissan Juke

01/24/11
83
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Nissan Juke
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.

2011 Nissan Rogue

10/22/10
83
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Nissan Rogue
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 Subaru Forester

12/10/10
83
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Subaru Forester
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 Subaru Impreza

12/15/11
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2012 Subaru Impreza
Sedan

This 2012 model has excised the precision of the previous generation. Still, a quieter, larger, more comfortable and more efficient Impreza that still offers the grip of all-wheel drive can’t help but resonate with buyers looking for a solid commuter.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

07/19/10
85
100

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Zach Bowman Zach Bowman 6.0 out of 10 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Sedan

We have to congratulate Subaru for rearming the STI. In a world of ever eroding performance in favor of poseur looks and not much else, the company has done an intelligent job of refocusing the car toward what made it a success to begin with.

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