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

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

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
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 Diesel SUV

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 Diesel SUV
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 Sedan

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 Sedan
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 Sedan

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 Sedan
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 Sedan

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
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 Sedan

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
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.

2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan

04/10/14
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 2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan
Minivan

The minivan celebrates parenthood. It’s capability makes life easier. And there is perhaps no minivan that does so better than the Honda Odyssey.

2011 Mazda Speed 3

05/19/10
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 Mazda Speed 3
Hatchback

The MazdaSpeed3 delivers horsepower and handling, not to mention great looks and an interior well above many of its competitors. With few reasonably priced performance vehicles on the road, the MazdaSpeed3 is, thankfully, a hard-core hot hatch that delivers.

2010 Toyota Prius

06/26/09
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 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.

2012 Honda Civic Sedan

04/20/11
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 Honda Civic Sedan
Coupe

Few cars are as rewarding to drive as the Civic Si – and there are even fewer for this money. Plus, it still doubles as a perfect daily driver. The Civic Si now stands very much alone in the front-drive performance coupe segment.

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

09/06/11
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 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
SUV/Truck

The Cayenne S Hybrid is a functional yet sporty utility hybrid. Plus it has something else people love even more… a Porsche badge.

MotorMouths Newsletter

Get the latest reviews,
buying advice, deals &
more. Sent once a month.