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

2010 Toyota Prius

03/27/09
88
100

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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.

2010 Lexus HS Hybrid

10/30/09
76
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2010 Lexus HS Hybrid
Sedan

If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening and all over the Lexus HS250h until I beat it into something that vaguely resembled a luxury car.

2010 Acura ZDX

11/27/09
81
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 latest and, I assert, the greatest wagon/coupe/crossover is the Acura ZDX, a ferociously dynamic, red-in-tooth-and-claw styling exercise. If only this major-league body didn’t have a minor-league chassis to go with it.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid

12/09/09
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 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid
Sedan

In most other respects, the Mercedes S400 is exactly like its V-8- and V-12-powered siblings — which is to say spectacular. The S-Class foundation is so transcendentally quiet and solid, you can’t even tell when the gas engine cycles off and on.

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.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

11/30/09
82
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 Chevrolet Volt
Hatchback

Even in this rough prototype, the Volt vibe is spacious, comfortable and lively. The whole car seems lit from within by the ambitions of its builders.

2011 BMW 5 Series

01/29/10
83
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 BMW 5 Series
Sedan

The BMW engineers have hammered the torque curve so marvelously level, and poured tranquilizing syrup over every gear change, that the new 5 Series actually feels a little remote and unfamiliar.

2011 Ferrari 458 Italia

02/12/10
97
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 Ferrari 458 Italia
Coupe

Perfect? Committed sensualists will miss some degree of adventure. Gone are the adrenaline chinchillas running up and down your spine. The 458 Italia is spooky fast without the haunting of mortality.

2011 Jaguar XJ

05/14/10
94
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 Jaguar XJ
Sedan

Hugely civilized, desperately fast, drenched in high-tech amenities and executed with the kind of spirit and joie de vivre than makes the competitive German products look positively Amish, the new Jag is now the presumptive favorite in the full-size premium sedan category.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

07/30/10
79
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 Chevrolet Cruze
Sedan

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is supremely refined and quiet for a small car. But I’m sorry to say Chevrolet’s compact car of tomorrow feels more like its car of this afternoon, about 3:48 p.m. This is a car of quickly expiring market advantages.

2011 Maserati Granturismo

09/03/10
85
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 Maserati Granturismo
Convertible

The most compelling arguments for the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible are its female-athlete awesomeness—"fierce," as Tyra Banks would say—and its relative rarity. Outside of the Hamptons and Greenwich, Conn., these things are going to be as unusual as unicorns.

2011 Kia Sportage

09/17/10
79
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 Kia Sportage
SUV/Truck

The Kia Sportage is a lot of automobile for the money, to be sure. But it’s hard to overlook the vehicle’s hollowness, a kind of strangely unsupported sound to it—especially when my right foot was fully engaged. Something felt missing at the core. Not awful, but worrisome.

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