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

2011 Cadillac CTS-V

01/28/11
87
100

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

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 Mazda3 Sedan

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 Mazda3 Sedan
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 Sedan

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
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 Sedan

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
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 Sedan

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
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.

2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon

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
Wagon/CUV

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.

2012 Chrysler 300 Sedan

01/21/12
88
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 Chrysler 300 Sedan
Sedan

The Chrysler 300C Luxury Series is a deeply serene, seriously stable luxury car, with good sporting reflexes on country roads and excellent interstate manners.

2012 Audi TT Coupe

03/15/12
88
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 Audi TT Coupe
Coupe

So the TT isn’t the purest expression of the sports coupe ever. No big surprise, nor disappointment either. It’s also a little pricy. But, remember, you’re not paying for performance; you’re paying for design

2012 Fiat 500 Arbarth

06/15/12
88
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 Fiat 500 Arbarth
Hatchback

As brazenly transparent exercises in marketing go, the 500 Abarth has more street cred than most. And it doesn’t hurt that this thing is such a jagged, noisy sprayed-roach of a car.

2010 Toyota Prius

03/27/09
88
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 Toyota Prius
Hatchback

Very few cars can claim the power to change the world. Prius can. It’s cool. It’s dorky. If everyone drove one, we could tell OPEC to kiss our behinds.

2012 BMW Z4 Convertible

08/26/11
88
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 Z4 Convertible
Convertible

The Z4—rescued from its stylistic weirdness two years ago with a much-needed redesign—is a hugely entertaining car, a silver-footed roadster with surprising amounts of grip, balance and responsiveness.

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