Sam Smith

Owners of the new
cars reviewed by this
critic give him/her
an overall credibility
rating of:

6.6 out of 10
Critic's Review History

In their published
reviews, this critic awards
an average score of:

86

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

94

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

77

2012 Bentley Mulsanne

07/14/10
89
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2012 Bentley Mulsanne
Sedan

The Bentley Mulsanne is an intangible representation of everything that is good and bad about Great Britain, and if you don’t like it, you are either too poor or too ordinary or both. No matter. This is the best four-door that Bentley has to offer.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

07/09/10
90
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe

Public perception aside, the emotions are what matter, and the emotions are nice. The CTS-V coupe makes me proud to come from this country, proud to not be evil. It’s a kid-hauling Corvette for the person who wants a fun, fast car with no stigmas or strings attached.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

07/28/10
90
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe

The Cadillac CTS-V coupe is the best kind of excess. It’s fast, refined, and comfortable. The steering is feelsome and responsive, the chassis possessed of nimble reflexes that belie the car’s weight. The seats are comfortable, the interior decently crafted.

2011 Ford Fiesta

04/26/10
88
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Ford Fiesta
Hatchback

The Ford Fiesta will hit American dealers in a few short months. If you are possessed of a driver’s license and a functional brain, you will get yourself to your local Ford shop and arrange a test drive as soon as cars become available. You will not regret it.

2013 Ford Shelby GT500

05/21/12
91
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
Coupe

People buy GT500s for overkill, and this car is no exception. No matter how you slice it, you’re getting a blue ton of horsepower for less than $60,000, and that’s a feat to be applauded.

2011 Honda CR-Z

06/18/10
77
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Honda CR-Z
Hatchback

Is this the most entertaining hybrid car money can buy? Yes. Is it what I want and, frankly, what the market needs? Not quite. Make no mistake: The CR-Z is not a bad car. But there’s something missing here.

2011 Jaguar XJ

05/03/10
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Jaguar XJ
Sedan

Is the XJ a fully formed answer to Jaguar’s needs? Is it perfect? Will it solve the company’s sales and demographic problems? No, maybe, and only time will tell. Regardless, it’s a pretty good step in the right direction, and it’s a Jaguar. In the end, those things give us hope.

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

10/27/10
88
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Coupe

Mercedes-Benz famously believes that its cars have no competition. In the case of the CL, regardless of specification, instills no doubt. Have a fat wallet and want a fast, comfortable, and adult German coupe? This is the best you’re going to get.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class AMG

11/22/11
90
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class AMG
Convertible

The SLK55’s sports-car clothing and soundtrack can be misleading, but ultimately, this is a remarkably balanced, fast touring car. It’s anything but cheap, but the noise—that beautiful, lavish noise—is worth every penny.

2011 Porsche Boxster

06/03/10
94
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Porsche Boxster
Convertible

A base Carrera is not this friendly. A GT3 is not this forgiving. No 911 pivots this well. The Boxster Spyder is the best-handling car Porsche currently makes, which puts it high in the running for best-handling new car, period.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

07/19/10
86
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Sedan

The Subaru WRX STI is still the most approachable and user-friendly all-wheel-drive speed demon on the market, a go-anywhere, do-anything piece of all-weather genius that wants to be your friend in a million different ways. The suspension updates merely sharpen the knife.

2011 Toyota Sienna

12/18/09
81
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Sam Smith Sam Smith 6.6 out of 10 2011 Toyota Sienna
Minivan

No matter what you think of the people-mover as a concept, the Sienna is a good minivan. In SE form, it might even be a fun one. Do we want a minivan? No. Does that fact matter to the people who do? No.

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