Jack Baruth

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

5.3 out of 10
Critic's Review History

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

85

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

91

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

74

2011 Ford Mustang

03/31/10
87
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Ford Mustang
Coupe

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 is a fast, competent, well-sorted performance car that delivers M3-level performance at half the price.

2013 Mazda CX-5

03/12/12
86
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2013 Mazda CX-5
SUV/Truck

Not everybody expects athletic behavior, light weight, maximum fuel efficiency, and a sporting demeanor from their CUV. Buyers who do expect those qualities won’t have to look any further than the Mazda CX-5, and they won’t suffer much of a practicality penalty for doing so.

2012 Ford Mustang

02/23/11
86
100

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

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Ford Mustang
Coupe

The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a unique combination of massive pace and pleasant on-track demeanor, wrapped up in a gorgeous package.

2011 Lexus IS F

05/19/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Lexus IS F
Sedan

My overall experience with the IS-F was pleasant. It’s more than fast enough on the track, and if the transmission doesn’t work very well at least the rest of the running gear is up to snuff. But at $65K, its appeal will be limited to only the most hardcore of Lexus fanatics, assuming any exist.

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

09/02/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Jetta
Sedan

It will never compete head-on with the Evolutions and STIs of the world, so keep the options light and enjoy the car for what it is: a solid value, a delight to drive, and a GLI which absolutely earns the right to wear the letters.

2012 Ford Focus

02/03/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Ford Focus
Sedan

If anybody buys this new Focus, it won’t be because it’s a cheap car. Rather, they’ll buy because it’s good. Is it good? Yes. Right now, it’s the best compact car you can buy here, no matter which model you choose.

2011 Dodge Durango

12/16/10
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Dodge Durango
SUV/Truck

Once again, Chrysler has delivered a vehicle that competes on both tangible and intangible qualities. It’s simply a real SUV, priced realistically, that happens to be real(ly) good.

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

11/24/10
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Minivan

The Town & Country is a more than acceptably fast van, with a driver-focused interior and an upscale appearance. Behold: the thirty-seven-thousand-dollar minivan.

2011 Ford Fiesta

04/26/10
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Ford Fiesta
Hatchback

Inside and out, the 2011 Ford Fiesta is trimmed and assembled like a decent German entry-luxury car. It’s quiet and fast on the freeway. The Fit used to set the standard in this market but it’s not even close to the Fiesta.

2012 Kia Rio

10/18/11
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Kia Rio
Hatchback

The Rio is the best small car money can buy for almost nearly everyone. However, drivers who need slightly more space and/or a little extra utility will have to look elsewhere.

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

08/25/11
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Hatchback

This is the car the New Beetle should have been years ago. It’s competent, enjoyable, pleasant, cute. It hits all the targets.

2012 Kia Soul

10/24/11
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul
Hatchback

Dynamically, the Soul is a real pleasure. It’s swift and sure to operate. If you can live without cruise control, the manual-transmission Soul is an entertaining, useful vehicle.

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