Marty Padgett

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

7.4 out of 10
Critic's Review History

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

87

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

93

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

77

2010 Acura RL

11/30/10
77
100

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Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2010 Acura RL
Sedan

The 2010 Acura RL feels like a half-stab at luxury, with packaging, styling and performance that are very clearly mid-pack.

2011 Dodge Charger

11/10/10
86
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2011 Dodge Charger
Sedan

The Charger R/T is a passionate play in a niche full of milquetoast four-doors. You don’t have to wear a mullet to love it and own it—but we won’t get on your case if you grow one out, just to see if it fits.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class AMG

11/03/09
86
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class AMG
Coupe

The SLS doesn’t abandon technical refinement, but it does let its hair down with the loopy vintage bellow of that huge, hardly adulterated V-8. It compromises the actual driving experience for the mythic appeal—and the visual impact—of gullwing doors.

2011 Acura TSX

12/07/10
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2011 Acura TSX
Wagon

While other Acuras suffer muddled messaging and middling performance, the TSX Sport Wagon might hold a clue or two to the way back home to Tochigi. It sticks to Honda’s light, compact, and responsive heritage, with a smidge of the trappings of luxury.

2011 BMW X3

11/08/10
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2011 BMW X3
SUV/Truck

Sturdy in feel, amazingly quick on its feet, and finally un-punishing on everyday roads, the X3 gets our nod—and not just because it’s a fellow countryman.

2010 Lincoln MKT

08/23/09
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2010 Lincoln MKT
SUV/Truck

The 2010 MKT shifts Lincoln further away from its dowdy styling past and delivers vast interior room, while it brings a good measure of driving pleasure and sophistication along for the ride.

2011 Porsche 911

11/17/10
89
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2011 Porsche 911
Coupe

The finale for the current-generation 911, the GTS blazes into the Porsche retail experience in the middle of this winter. The GTS buffs the 911’s perma-luster, with a corresponding jump in sticker price.

2011 Aston Martin Rapide

02/04/10
91
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2011 Aston Martin Rapide
Sedan

So what exactly is the Aston Martin Rapide, if it’s not the most capable four-door on the planet? It’s got our vote as the most enduring design to surface in a generation of clumsy, kitschy supersedans.

2010 Porsche 911 Turbo S

10/21/09
93
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett 7.4 out of 10 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Coupe

The 2010 911 Turbo is an astonishing, pure driving experience, despite the layers of technology added to cope with its copious power. And it’s still distinctly a Porsche.

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