Benson Kong

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

6.5 out of 10
Critic's Review History

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

83

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

94

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

78

2013 Maserati GranTurismo Coupe

11/01/12
94
100

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Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Coupe
Coupe

The GranTurismo Sport is the definition of smooth. For its $136,435 as-tested price, much faster sports cars and more lavish barges lurk in the shadows. But they’d be hard pressed to match the equilibrium the GT Sport brings to life.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

07/09/12
88
100

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

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Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
Hatchback

The all-new 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT delivers practicality and a bang-for-the-buck equation. All of its incremental updates hopefully signify a page turned in Hyundai’s book of vehicle advancement.

2013 Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan

04/10/12
87
100

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

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Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2013 Lexus GS Hybrid Sedan
Sedan

The GS 450h is a niche car for now, but it proves that good hybrid-luxury-sporty cars are a reality. Critically for brand loyalists, there’s no degradation in ride quality.

2013 Nissan Altima Sedan

05/24/12
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2013 Nissan Altima Sedan
Sedan

Certain aspects of the new Altima didn’t change, but a lot more did. As lovers of driving, we’re thrilled to report the Altima’s sporting disposition remains intact. And technology is an Altima strong point.

2011 Toyota Sequoia SUV

05/13/11
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2011 Toyota Sequoia SUV
SUV/Truck

The 2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum is at the beck and call of consumers looking for an upscale alternative in the full-size SUV market. It drives easily, and there’s no shortage of power.

2011 MINI Cooper

12/07/11
85
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2011 MINI Cooper
Hatchback

The car enthusiast will already know all about the better-equipped, roomier, more comfortable-riding, or faster-in-a-straight-line vehicles available today. The driving enthusiast, on the other hand, would take the Cooper’s courageous dynamic abilities.

2012 Kia Rio Sedan

08/23/11
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2012 Kia Rio Sedan
Hatchback

The new 2012 Rio is designed to stand out in the subcompact segment. It’s not the biggest, boldest car on the block, but the thoroughly re-imagined Rio’s prospects already look promising.

2011 Kia Sorento SUV

09/24/10
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2011 Kia Sorento SUV
SUV/Truck

It will cost a bundle compared to the other models in the stable, but if you really must have the most unique Kia Sorento on the block, the SX is the golden ticket.

2012 Toyota Camry

10/04/11
84
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2012 Toyota Camry
Sedan

Soft, floaty ride, sufficient space, improved performance… Golly, is there anything the Camry Hybrid can’t do? Answer: Kind of.

2011 Kia Optima Sedan

09/11/10
83
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2011 Kia Optima Sedan
Sedan

With its better looks and Kia’s momentum, we won’t be surprised to see the 2011 Optima’s sales numbers trend upwards once the sharply styled sedan arrives at dealers.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

05/22/12
83
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Sedan

The Chevy Malibu Eco is almost there. But the overdamped chassis could stand to loosen up, the car wanders a little too much when traveling straight, and can someone get rid of the chromed plastic?

2012 Kia Soul Wagon

09/01/11
83
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Benson Kong Benson Kong 6.5 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Wagon
Wagon/CUV

The Soul isn’t for everybody. It’s for buyers who don’t mind its square look and stance. In fact, said buyers might actually crave the boxy dimensions and its associated perks.

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