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

2012 Volkswagen Jetta

09/02/11
85
100

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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 Sedan

02/03/11
85
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Ford Focus Sedan
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 SUV

12/16/10
85
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Dodge Durango SUV
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 and Country Minivan

11/24/10
85
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan
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 Hatchback

04/26/10
85
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback
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 Sedan

10/18/11
85
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Kia Rio Sedan
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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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 Volkswagen Beetle

08/30/11
84
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Hatchback

While it’s still an acquired taste, and it still can’t quite compete with the non-retro current generation of small cars, VW’s newest Beetle fixes most of the old model’s problems while introducing an exciting new look and the latest technology.

2012 Lincoln MKZ Sedan

07/28/11
84
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Lincoln MKZ Sedan
Sedan

The MKZ is a quiet, comfortable, well-made, well-equipped car that is pleasant to drive, enjoyable to operate, and probably satisfying to own. It is a bit of a bargain given the equipment and materials provided.

2012 Kia Soul Wagon

10/24/11
84
100

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

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.

2012 Volvo S60 Sedan

10/17/12
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 Volvo S60 Sedan
Sedan

The Volvo S60 T5 wasn’t a compelling car for me, and in the end it’s a combination of the noise and the bargain-basement styling that does it. Still, it has plenty of virtues, it’s perfectly respectable as a road-trip proposition, and on the track it was solid and trustworthy.

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe

10/05/11
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe
Coupe

In order to be worthy of the Cadillac wreath-and-crest, the CTS Coupe needs to be special, the same way the ’67 Eldorado was special. Is it? Not quite.

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