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:

94

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

75

2011 Porsche Boxster

08/30/10
87
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 Porsche Boxster
Convertible

The Boxster Spyder is a toy, pure and simple. It’s designed for drivers and meant to be driven. Criticisms are mostly irrelevant anyway as it’s highly unlikely anyone who purchases this car will use it exclusively as transportation.

2011 Scion tC

08/06/10
87
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 Scion tC
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.

2013 Acura RDX

03/29/12
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 2013 Acura RDX
SUV/Truck

The RDX proves that as far a compact premium crossovers go, when it comes to the balance between performance and luxury, compromise isn’t always a bad thing.

2012 MINI Coupe

09/27/11
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 2012 MINI Coupe
Coupe

The purpose of the Coupe, MINI tells us, is to better shape the brand as a whole, increase the emotion associated with it and to project a more manly image. Check, check and check.

2012 Hyundai Azera

02/27/12
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 2012 Hyundai Azera
Sedan

With the all-new Azera, Hyundai is not only able to best its competition, but has continued to offer exceptional value and even challenge some premium models with impressive content and style.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

08/17/10
86
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 Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe

While capable on track with sticky Michelins, form-hugging Recaros and speed-shedding Brembos, the most remarkable feature may be how well this CTS-V Coupe works as conventional, albeit luxurious, transportation.

2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class BlueTEC

05/17/12
86
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 Mercedes-Benz M-Class BlueTEC
SUV/Truck

The Mercedes-Benz ML BlueTEC diesel offers competitive advantages ranging from fuel economy to towing, not to mention the feel of a diesel powerplant that some may prefer.

2012 Honda Civic

07/20/12
86
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 Honda Civic
Coupe

Decisively more fun, though missing some power, the HFP is the Civic Si we wanted all along. If there’s any down side it’s that you have to pay so much more to get what the Si should have been all along.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

05/02/12
86
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 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Coupe

The C250 is mostly well-executed from a packaging and driving dynamics standpoint. Taking a broader look at the segment reveals this luxury sport coupe is the antithesis of value and could, at least, use a solid power upgrade.

2012 Dodge Charger

12/20/11
86
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 Dodge Charger
Sedan

A pleasant yet commanding highway cruiser, the Dodge Charger R/T is agile enough, though its size and weight are hard to hide. But dull throttle response kills much of the fun of owning a big V8; we’d stick with the V6 model.

2013 Lexus ES

05/30/12
86
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 Lexus ES
Sedan

Lexus has built on the past strengths of the ES while adding more qualities to further distinguish a car that’s long been a pretender in luxury circle. Growing in size, luxury and style it now looks and feels like a genuine luxury sedan.

2013 Honda Accord

09/10/12
86
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 Honda Accord
Sedan

On the surface the new Accord seems only moderately new, but closer inspection reveals impressive upgrades and new features that add to many already segment-leading qualities, helping put it, as always, in contention for top-of-the-pack status.

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