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 Hyundai Elantra

06/24/11
85
100

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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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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 Sedan

09/14/09
85
100

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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.

2012 Hyundai Genesis

08/08/11
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 Genesis
Sedan

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

2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback

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 Gran Turismo Hatchback
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 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

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 SUV

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
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.

2011 Honda Odyssey Minivan

09/08/10
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 2011 Honda Odyssey Minivan
Minivan

With class-leading fuel economy, incredible innovations, and a textbook worth of smart new features, it’s hard not to love the Odyssey for its brains.

2011 Lexus CT Hybrid

10/12/10
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 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid
Hatchback

With efficient packaging that’s luxurious and high-tech, plus fuel economy that’s beyond best-in-class, about the only complaint one can have about the CT200h is lack of power. It’s a testament to how good a car it is that we’d love to have 200-hp on command.

2012 Mazda 5

02/24/11
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 2012 Mazda 5
Minivan

If you truly need a minivan, the Mazda5 will not do. If you’re looking for most of what a minivan offers, including sliding side doors, but don’t need extensive seating, cargo room, or the increasingly high price, then it is an impressive package.

2013 Acura ILX Sedan

04/19/12
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 2013 Acura ILX Sedan
Sedan

A well-rounded car, the ILX offers luxury for less and is certain to also deliver brand qualities like reliability and durability. What is lacking, however, is a more engaging driving experience, once a hallmark of Acura vehicles.

2011 MINI Cooper

03/11/11
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 2011 MINI Cooper
Hatchback

Improving on its strengths, MINI has made the 2011 Cooper S an even more attractive package, with technology that’s sure to please urbanite Mac geeks, more fuel economy to appease your inner Al Gore and an excessive amount of metrosexual style.

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