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 Acura ILX

06/29/12
84
100

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Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2013 Acura ILX
Sedan

The Acura ILX strikes me as a second-marriage car. This is a roundly sensible, tolerably attractive little luxer with very decent build quality, diverting performance and a score or more of easy-to-use digital amenities. It also has a substantial pedigree for safety and reliability.

2013 Acura RDX

08/31/12
84
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 Acura RDX
SUV/Truck

The RDX blandly appeals. It might not be the car I once loved, but then, as my wife frequently observes, it’s not all about me. The less and more of the new RDX adds up to more of what a lot of people want. I’m just not one of them.

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 Acura TSX

12/10/10
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 Acura TSX
Wagon

The TSX Sport Wagon is reasonably handsome, unreasonably well equipped and I’m willing to give extra points to any company that brings forward an entertaining, useful sport wagon as an alternative to a high-hipped crossover.

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 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 Audi A7

06/02/11
89
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 A7
Sedan

On the scale of oxymorons, “luxury hatch” is right up there with “hilarious colonoscopy,” but somehow the 2012 Audi A7 makes it work, and makes it, dare I say, a revelation.

2012 Audi A8

05/18/12
92
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 A8
Sedan

So, to summarize: The A8 L W12 Exclusive is faster than hell, with every imaginable convenience, lonely and formal to the point of being ceremonial.

2013 Audi Allroad

07/20/12
84
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 Audi Allroad
Wagon

People who are shopping the Allroad are looking for a refined and affordable sport wagon with more soft-road and muddy-bloody bandwidth. I can’t say it delivers the full measure of that, exactly. In the Allroad’s case, that new-car smell is compromise.

2012 Audi TT

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

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

2013 Bentley Continental GT/GTC

09/15/12
91
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 Bentley Continental GT/GTC
Coupe

The V8-powered GT is 2.5 tons of fun: a big, beautiful and immensely willing grand touring car with superb suspension, stupendous brakes, and a sport-biased all-wheel-drive system clawing at the pavement with 21-inch tires. And it will pass just about anything on the road.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne

09/17/11
92
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 Bentley Mulsanne
Sedan

Bentley’s tag line for the Mulsanne is quite pointed: “The opposite of mass production.” All that steel, the leather and lumber? Yeah, that’ll be around forever.

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