Colum Wood

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

7.1 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:

92

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

76

2012 Volvo S60 Sedan

04/14/11
84
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volvo S60 Sedan
Sedan

While competing in a small segment, the wide variety of options available for the S60, plus its solid luxury drive, powerful engine and handsome styling, make worth a serious look to a far wider group of customers.

2010 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

09/26/09
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2010 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback
Hatchback

Fans of the past several generations of the Volkswagen GTI will absolutely love the 2010 model. It looks better, rides nicer, is quieter, handles even better and has a more premium interior.

2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon

05/23/11
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon
Wagon/CUV

The Prius v lets the car that started the hybrid movement stay on top of it, helping to meet the growing needs of some current Prius drivers, while expanding the appeal of hybrid technology to those shopping for anything from a hatchback, to a wagon, to a crossover.

2010 Toyota Prius

06/26/09
86
100

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

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2010 Toyota Prius
Hatchback

Toyota is taking a big step with this third-gen Prius, in an attempt at moving it from a niche market science project to a mainstream auto.

2010 Toyota Prius

12/14/09
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2010 Toyota Prius
Hatchback

The best part about the all new Toyota Prius isn’t the optional tech goodies or the lower price for 2010; it’s not even the superior fuel economy; it’s driving a car that doubles as a real world video game.

2012 Toyota Camry

08/23/11
82
100

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

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Toyota Camry
Sedan

The new Camry is no revolution, just a solid improvement on an already great car – although Toyota can at least lay claim to being a fuel economy leader.

2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

09/14/09
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan
Sedan

Subaru’s goal of offering more interior space, better fuel-economy and a more attractive sticker price easily holds true on base Legacy models. Sadly, the top-level 3.6R is a bit disappointing.

2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

02/03/10
82
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan
Sedan

In reaching out to the mass market, the Legacy, at least the entry-level 2.5i model, has lost some of its charm. But it’s also gained a great deal, not the least of which includes a smoother ride, plenty more passenger room and vastly improved fuel economy.

2011 Scion tC Hatchback

08/06/10
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 Scion tC Hatchback
Coupe

An improvement in every area and class leader in almost all respects, the 2011 tC looks great, has an impressive new interior and boasts added power with improved acceleration, handling and fuel economy.

2012 Scion iQ Hatchback

07/19/11
79
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Scion iQ Hatchback
Hatchback

The iQ is designed for modern urban centers, not to mention the tastes and expectations of consumers there. Just two sticking points remain: the car’s interior and its price.

2013 Scion FR-S Coupe

12/09/11
90
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Scion FR-S Coupe
Coupe

The Scion FR-S rewards a good driver, and is perhaps the best tool we can think of to develop and improve your performance driving skills. It’s comfortable, functional and refined. Add to this surprisingly good fuel economy and a price well below the $30,000 mark and the car’s appeal is vast.

2013 Scion FR-S Coupe

04/24/12
90
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Scion FR-S Coupe
Coupe

The most special part about the FR-S is that you don’t have to add anything to the base price to have what is easily the single best performance bargain on the market. It is not just an affordable driver’s car, but the affordable driver’s car.

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