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

2013 Ford Focus ST

10/26/12
89
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2013 Ford Focus ST
Hatchback

The Focus ST is the most mature entry in its segment – fast, well-equipped, solid, attractive, sensibly priced. It’s the most car for the money.

2013 Ford Mustang

06/13/12
90
100

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2013 Ford Mustang
Coupe

The 2013 Mustang GT is a gorgeous, big-hearted, hugely quick car which didn’t rattle, squeak, or display any quality problems. It’s the best all-around ponycar in history, and the head of its class.

2013 Mazda CX-5

03/12/12
86
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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 Volvo S60

10/17/12
84
100

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

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Volvo S60
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.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

03/05/12
87
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 Fiat 500 Abarth
Hatchback

The pricing is competitive — $22,000 plus destination — and the little Abarth has plenty of virtues, from the way it looks to the way it feels to drive. It seems to be worthy of both the FIAT and Abarth labels.

2012 Kia Soul

10/24/11
84
100

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

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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.

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 Jetta

09/02/11
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 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 Volkswagen Beetle

08/30/11
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 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 Volkswagen Beetle

08/25/11
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 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 Lincoln MKZ

07/28/11
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 Lincoln MKZ
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 Ford Mustang

02/23/11
86
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 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.

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