Susan Carpenter

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Critic's Review History

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

85

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

90

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

82

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

09/09/10
90
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Bentley Mulsanne
Sedan

With its new Mulsanne, Bentley has masterfully fused the disparate aspects of a brand that’s both athletic and unparalleled in luxury. Just as its interior is a mix of old-world refinement and modern-day technology, so is its ride quality. I found the Mulsanne solid yet agile, powerful yet quiet.

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG

01/27/11
89
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG
Sedan

There’s a lot more to be lightheaded about with this new CLS. If this car were a coat, I’d want to wear it. Alas, it is merely a car. But it is a car that captivates both the heart and the mind, catering to passions with underpinnings of practicality.

2011 Ford Fiesta

05/20/10
88
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Ford Fiesta
Hatchback

The frisky, affordable Ford Fiesta seems to have hit the sweet spot of fuel economy and up-to-the-minute technology, wrapping it all in a wash of electrifying colors that may zap the math that small + car = boring.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

07/29/11
87
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
Sedan

The Charger SRT8 is a pony car for the family man. The four-door sedan has just the right amount of exterior aggression and raw power, with a smooth transmission and enough interior refinement to please the wife.

2011 Ford Mustang

06/03/10
87
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Ford Mustang
Coupe

The 2011 Ford Mustang GT is, first and foremost, a performance vehicle that unleashes a primitive need for speed. It was aggressive enough that the colleague in my passenger seat felt the need to remind me that I’m the mother of a 7-year-old.

2012 Toyota Prius V

08/25/11
86
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Toyota Prius V
Wagon

The Prius v’s driver visibility, passenger legroom and cargo capacity are value-added improvements over the regular Prius.

2012 Infiniti M Hybrid

07/14/11
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid
Sedan

The M Hybrid hits a sweet spot, marrying enough luxury trimmings to satisfy the hedonistic with great off-the-line performance and fuel economy that won’t make luxury-oriented greenies cringe.

2012 Acura TL

06/30/11
85
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Acura TL
Sedan

It’s a lot of car for the money, but dollar for dollar in a value-oriented marketplace, the TL, premium as its amenities are, doesn’t accord the same amount of style or status as, say, a Mercedes-Benz C-class.

2011 MINI Cooper Countryman

06/01/11
85
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman
Wagon

With its Countryman, Mini expands its offering of fun, stylish and affordable cars for the hip, young and fabulous with a four-door for the young and hip when they become less fabulous — settling down and spawning kids.

2011 Honda CR-Z

07/29/10
85
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Honda CR-Z
Hatchback

With its 2011 CR-Z, Honda is playing with a new concept. It’s called responsible indulgence, and Honda’s debuting the idea with a two-seat “sporty hybrid coupe” that’s got some spunk but doesn’t force drivers to check their environmental consciences at the door.

2012 Mazda 5

08/11/11
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Mazda 5
Minivan

The Mazda5’s best attributes are its family-friendly ones — a comfortable and configurative interior, an upfront cost that’s within budget and fuel economy that won’t bust the bank.

2011 Mazda 2

08/12/10
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Mazda 2
Hatchback

The Mazda2 proves the adage: Good things come in small packages.
Before driving this five-door five-seater, I thought the most fun I would have was counting the pennies I’d be saving at the pump. What I found instead was a car with enough pep to keep me interested.

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