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 Honda Odyssey

09/08/10
84
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 Honda Odyssey
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

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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

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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

04/19/12
84
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Acura ILX
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

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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.

2012 Volvo S60

04/14/11
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Volvo S60
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 Toyota Prius

12/14/09
84
100

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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.

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

05/03/11
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 Countryman
Wagon

The Countryman is the first MINI with room for four people, grocery bags and is something you might actually want to own. Scratch that, the Countryman is something you’ll definitely want to own, once you drive it.

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

03/16/12
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 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
Minivan

The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan has a better quality interior, a much improved ride quality and a solid powertrain. With this family hauler, price is the main factor in getting customers in dealerships.

2013 Mazda CX-5

03/01/12
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 Mazda CX-5
SUV/Truck

In a segment defined by compromises, Mazda bills the CX-5 as a no compromise vehicle. That’s never true of any car, but with this compact crossover it’s certainly less of a stretch.

2011 Hyundai Equus

05/25/11
83
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 Hyundai Equus
Sedan

While a decent enough car, the Equus lacks the attention to detail and originality to pull a Lexus on Lexus. Good enough doesn’t cut it at this level.

2011 Chrysler 300

01/27/11
83
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 Chrysler 300
Sedan

The folks at Chrysler have excelled in the full-size category and have not disappointed with this 300C. True, the new look is a bit of a letdown, but with all the additions and upgrades, the second-gen 300 is an overwhelming success.

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