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

2013 Acura ILX Sedan

04/19/12
78
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Acura ILX Sedan
Sedan

Until your options are limited to the car dealership equivalent of Sophie’s Choice, the ILX 2.4-liter is a car that’s worse than redundant: it’s irrelevant.

2013 Acura ILX Sedan

04/19/12
84
100

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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.

2013 Acura RDX SUV

03/29/12
87
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Acura RDX SUV
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 Audi A7 Sedan

06/05/12
89
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Audi A7 Sedan
Sedan

The car you drive says something about you. The A7 says ‘modern’ and ‘stylish’ but still ‘wealthy’. While an impressive luxury ride, the A7 is by no means the easy choice in its segment, unless price is the top priority.

2012 Audi S5 Coupe

07/22/11
89
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 Audi S5 Coupe
Coupe

The Audi S5 is a perfect daily driver for those who enjoy luxury, speed and beauty. It has a solid earned-it-myself new-money ethos.

2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan

07/04/12
90
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan
Sedan

An immensely more practical machine, with improved fuel economy, comfort and features, the newest 3 offers so many more of the qualities buyers actually want and use on a daily basis, while remaining a class-leader in driving enjoyment.

2011 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Hatchback

07/16/10
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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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.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

05/18/11
83
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2011 BMW X3 SUV
SUV/Truck

The new X3 is an impressive machine with a handsome new body, and while expensive, it is by no means unrealistically priced. Were it not for the abysmal interior we’d heartily recommend it.

2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid

07/12/10
76
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
SUV/Truck

We thoroughly enjoyed the 2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid’s luxury appointments, unique style, tremendous power and incredible driving dynamics. However, it is also a terrible waste of technology, money and even fuel.

2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan

07/23/12
90
100

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Colum Wood Colum Wood 7.1 out of 10 2013 Cadillac ATS Sedan
Sedan

Technology, luxury and innovative safety features will all help, but what makes the ATS a winner is the fact that it delivers on its promise of being a rival to the untouchable BMW 3 Series; a perfect luxury sports sedan to get you to the office and one that, should you wish, will deliver on the track.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

08/17/10
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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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.

2013 Cadillac XTS Sedan

05/29/12
88
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 Cadillac XTS Sedan
Sedan

Do E-Class owners want a bigger E-Class? They might once they find out just how impressive the XTS is. A loaded up E is about the same as an impressively luxurious XTS, and no rival can match the extensive technology Cadillac has on offer.

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