Dan Neil

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

8.6 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:

97

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

66

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

04/13/12
86
100

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Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Convertible

Fast, elegant, swimming in technical comforts and refinements, the SL is a world-class piece of machinery. It would be nice if the outside reflected the soulful beauties inside.

2011 Honda Odyssey

10/15/10
86
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2011 Honda Odyssey
Minivan

So the exterior styling is a sweet hot cubist mess. Evaluating a minivan on looks is like ranking Nascar drivers on their knowledge of Chaucer. The 2011 Honda Odyssey makes parenting better, and better parents will want one.

2012 BMW 1 Series M

09/03/11
86
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 BMW 1 Series M
Coupe

A bratty little barrel-racer of a car, with a spirit that seems to want to bite through the bit, the 1M Coupe is quick, playful, aggressive and laugh-out-loud fun to drive.

2012 Hyundai Veloster

12/31/11
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Veloster
Hatchback

The Veloster is a kick in the pants, and it features a landslide of content for a car with a base price of $17,300. Alas, the Veloster’s bratty, hot-spit design over-promises performance.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

01/28/11
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2011 Cadillac CTS-V
Wagon

The CTS-V Sportwagon is utterly, cosmically and seismically wrong, a filthy, shameful ogre of torque that bellows and sets alight thatched roofs as it drives by—Caliban with pushrods. It’s illicit, overpowering, sexy and a touch scary. Yet never boring.

2012 Mazda 3

02/04/12
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3
Sedan

As pleasures go, counting mpg isn’t frolicking with wood nymphs. But with the old Mazda3, people who loved the driving were tweaked by the car’s relatively poor fuel economy—pleasure versus wisdom, if you will. With SkyActiv, those clouds seem to have parted.

2012 Acura TL

10/07/11
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 Acura TL
Sedan

The 2012 TL is a fine piece of driving machinery with a nicely technical, sophisticated look. And, as always, Acura packages a lot of gear into its cars for the money.

2011 Hyundai Equus

01/08/11
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2011 Hyundai Equus
Sedan

In truth, the Equus is not the equal of the German dreadnoughts, or even the Lexus flagship. But the deficits in handling and character require a degree of connoisseurship to appreciate, and what is that compared with a savings of 25 grand or more?

2013 Honda Accord

10/03/12
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2013 Honda Accord
Sedan

Big, but not too big; attractive, but too familiar to be provocative; well-appointed, but incapable of igniting sustained envy. The Honda Accord strives not for superlatives in any one category but a portfolio of general excellence in all.

2010 Acura ZDX

01/19/10
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2010 Acura ZDX
SUV/Truck

The wildly styled Acura ZDX is the Lady Gaga of new cars: out of nowhere, time-warped from the future, icy cool, hard to define, fascinating, gorgeous.

2012 Toyota Prius V

06/18/11
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius V
Wagon

If you can’t acknowledge the genius of the Toyota Prius, you just don’t like cars, engineering, or technology. True, the Prius is not for everybody. But with the v, it’s getting there.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

10/02/10
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Sedan

The metabolism of the new WRX STi feels more acute, more present, focused like a preschooler on Adderall. The steering was heavy and accurate, with tons of road-reading feedback. The ride was stiff but well-planted. The brakes are heroic. The sport seats are some of the best in Christendom.

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