Chris Shunk

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

6.5 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:

89

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

71

2011 Hyundai Azera Sedan

09/22/10
71
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Hyundai Azera Sedan
Sedan

The Azera remains as a hedge bet for keeping elderly and more traditionally minded customers in the fold who are looking for comfortable full-size transportation with a good warranty. By that yardstick, it succeeds – but only just.

2010 Toyota Tacoma

08/04/10
75
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2010 Toyota Tacoma
SUV/Truck

The Tacoma and its fellow Japanese rival, the Nissan Frontier, have won the mid-size truck title by default. That’s a good thing for Toyota, because the Tacoma needs an improved powertrain, better fuel economy and more refinement.

2010 Toyota 4Runner

06/11/10
78
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2010 Toyota 4Runner
SUV/Truck

With the Chevrolet Trailblazer gone and the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango about to reinvent themselves as crossovers, the 2010 Toyota 4Runner has very little competition in a segment that just a decade ago surpassed well over one million units per year.

2011 Toyota Highlander SUV

01/13/11
80
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Toyota Highlander SUV
SUV/Truck

We came away impressed with the 2011 Toyota Highlander’s updated sheetmetal and pleased with its all-around driving characteristics. It remains an imperfect but attractive option in one of America’s most hotly contested segments – but only just.

2011 Nissan Xterra SUV

04/11/11
81
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Nissan Xterra SUV
SUV/Truck

The interior could use a makeover and its fuel economy will become problematic as gas prices rise, but for those looking for an honest all-terrain savant with aggressive styling and simple-but-effective technology, the Nissan Xterra Pro-4X is a rock-solid choice.

2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan

05/05/11
82
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan
Sedan

While the 200’s cabin and the new Pentastar V6 are competitive, those are easily its best attributes. When it comes to looks, refinement and especially reputation, it still isn’t near the top of the mid-size food chain.

2011 Kia Forte Sedan

09/08/11
84
100

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

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Kia Forte Sedan
Hatchback

Given the Forte 5-Door’s impressive standard features, best-in-class 10-year warranty and sharp-looking sheetmetal, we suspect this hatchback will draw attention from shoppers.

2012 Toyota Yaris

04/12/12
84
100

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

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2012 Toyota Yaris
Hatchback

The 2012 Yaris is better looking, better equipped and better to drive. Unfortunately, enthusiasts still probably won’t be compelled to consider this Yaris, mostly because of a serious power deficit compared to rivals.

2011 Ford Edge SUV

10/21/10
84
100

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Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Ford Edge SUV
SUV/Truck

The Ford Edge has transformed from an attractive crossover with a passable cabin to an even better looking crossover with more power, improved fuel economy and a truly state-of-the-art interior experience.

2012 Mazda CX-9 SUV

01/30/12
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2012 Mazda CX-9 SUV
SUV/Truck

We would like to see better fuel economy and a more state-of-the-art infotainment system, but even after many years on the market, the CX-9 still acquits itself well enough to shine as the clear enthusiast’s choice in a segment not exactly known for driving engagement.

2011 Ford Flex

12/09/10
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Ford Flex
SUV/Truck

The Ford Flex Titanium has the style, amenities and performance to go toe-to-toe with models from more upscale brands. It’s even luxurious enough to make people considering its costlier cousin – the Lincoln MKT – think twice about their purchase.

2011 Toyota Avalon Sedan

08/30/10
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Chris Shunk Chris Shunk 6.5 out of 10 2011 Toyota Avalon Sedan
Sedan

The 2011 Toyota Avalon continues to attract the aging customers it always has. It alone offers a modern option designed specifically for them, and does so unapologetically. That’s something we’ll raise our scotch and sodas to in 30 years, but until then, we’ll let Grandpa drive.

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