Susan Carpenter

This critic has yet<br />to receive the minimum<br />number of ratings to<br />ensure an accurate<br />credibility score.

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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 Sedan

09/09/10
90
100

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Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan
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 Sedan AMG

01/27/11
89
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan 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 Hatchback

05/20/10
88
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback
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

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
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 Coupe

06/03/10
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Ford Mustang Coupe
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 Wagon

08/25/11
86
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon
Wagon/CUV

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 Sedan

06/30/11
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2012 Acura TL Sedan
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 CUV

06/01/11
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 MINI Cooper Countryman CUV
Wagon/CUV

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 Hatchback

07/29/10
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Susan Carpenter Susan Carpenter Score Pending 2011 Honda CR-Z Hatchback
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

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

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

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

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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