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 Sedan

06/29/12
84
100

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

08/31/12
84
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Dan Neil Dan Neil 8.6 out of 10 2013 Acura RDX SUV
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 Sedan

10/07/11
87
100

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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.

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

11/03/12
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 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe
Coupe

What an agreeable beast this is. Sleek, roguishly aristocratic and gallingly fast, the Vanquish represents another 100 or so man-years of development applied to the Aston template.

2012 Audi A8 Sedan

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
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 Wagon

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
Wagon/CUV

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 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

2013 Bentley Continental GT Coupe

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 Coupe
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 Sedan

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
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.

2012 BMW 6 Series Coupe

11/26/11
90
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 6 Series Coupe
Coupe

The BMW 640i is a fully realized, mature executive coupe, with saddlery that Trigger would envy and a horsepower/fuel-economy quotient that would have been science fiction a decade ago.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

11/26/10
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 2011 BMW X3 SUV
SUV/Truck

I still don’t love the X3 xDrive35i (BMW’s nomenclature department needs a good beating, by the way). But this is well-struck BMW coin, a fast, techy, serious machine, worthy of the badge. That’s anything but routine.

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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