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 Mazda Speed 3

05/19/10
86
100

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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

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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.

2012 Honda Civic

04/20/11
86
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Honda Civic
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 S Hybrid

09/06/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 Porsche Cayenne S 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.

2013 Infiniti JX

03/27/12
85
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Infiniti JX
SUV/Truck

The JX’s drive is a bit less inspired than we’ve come to expect from Infiniti, but factor in the price, luxury, fuel economy, interior space and features and the newest three-row luxury crossover is instantly the best.

2012 Hyundai Elantra

06/24/11
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 Hyundai Elantra
Sedan

With stand-out styling and that big 40-mpg number, Hyundai won’t have any trouble bringing customers into dealerships, and with an impressive interior and solid pricing, dealers should find it equally easy to send folks on their way in a new Elantra.

2011 Infiniti QX

10/05/10
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 Infiniti QX
SUV/Truck

There’s a very real possibility that the QX56 could go from a niche player to the segment leader. It’s certainly got the goods to do so. Without a doubt, this is the best looking full-sized luxury SUV on the planet.

2010 Subaru Legacy

09/14/09
85
100

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

2012 Hyundai Genesis

08/08/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Genesis
Sedan

The Hyundai Genesis is a well engineered vehicle, offering a balanced package of luxury, performance, comfort and price.

2011 BMW 5 Series

07/16/10
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 BMW 5 Series
Hatchback

The 5 Series Gran Turismo offers tremendous luxury, excessive amounts of power and the sort of handling you’d expect from a BMW.

2012 Toyota Prius V

05/23/11
85
100

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

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.

2013 Ford Escape

04/24/12
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 2013 Ford Escape
SUV/Truck

The 2013 Escape delivers a vastly improved driving experience, more fuel-efficient engines, plenty of technology and some amazing new features. It’s even able to maintain many truck-like features while delivering more passenger and cargo room.

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