Mark Elias

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

7.2 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:

95

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

79

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class

06/14/10
84
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Wagon/CUV

As far as crossovers go, the Mercedes R350 is one of the slickest of the bunch – and it looks about a million times better than before. Starting at over $50,000, it is clearly not for everyone, as sales have indicated in the past.

2012 Mazda 5

05/05/11
84
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mazda 5
Minivan

Though people movers are not supposed to be fun, Mazda never got the memo. Instead, the zoom-zoom brand continues to offer a little Euro-style sophistication in this hopped up Mazda3-like hauler.

2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon

05/10/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon
Wagon/CUV

Sporty it is not, but the Prius V is remarkably capable and comfortable, improving on almost everything that made the original Prius a bit of a compromise for many drivers.

2013 Infiniti JX

03/27/12
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2013 Infiniti JX
SUV/Truck

ith a variety of smart personal assists, as well as a suite of vehicular safety assists, too, the Infiniti JX35 finally offers a mainstream design in a package that still looks pleasantly out of the ordinary.

2010 Toyota 4Runner

05/22/10
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2010 Toyota 4Runner
SUV/Truck

The Toyota 4Runner is a capable, well-sized unit that manages to do everything from working as a mobile office to the hauler of a rash of rugrats. And it does double duty as a tailgate party base camp.

2011 Audi Q7 Diesel

06/29/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Audi Q7 Diesel
SUV/Truck

Excellent craftsmanship, a top speed of 130 mph, up to 5,500 lbs. of towing capacity, and nearly 75-cubic feet of cargo hauling capacity shows that Audi is really on to something with the 2011 Q7 TDI quattro.

2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

11/14/10
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback
Hatchback

The Nissan’s Leaf is yet another example of electric vehicle technology that offers alternatives to the internal combustion engine. A great city-based vehicle, it will get you to and from work with ease, provided you are within 100 miles or so.

2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan

02/23/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan
Sedan

Hyundai continues to lob grenades at the automotive establishment, which is why they are seeing record sales throughout the world. With the new Equus, they have shown themselves to be competent in nearly every market in which they compete, including the premium luxury category.

2011 Toyota Sienna

01/18/10
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Toyota Sienna
Minivan

Toyota has set out to build the best minivan possible, and by and large they have succeeded. The huge range of offerings means there’s a flavor for every buyer;the Sienna just might lead this market.

2014 Buick LaCrosse Sedan

02/10/14
85
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2014 Buick LaCrosse Sedan
Sedan

Buick continues to refine its LaCrosse flagship into one of the best – and quietest – luxury cruisers around. Small cargo capacity not withstanding, it manages to coddle passengers around town or across country with room to stretch out.

2011 Kia Optima Sedan

10/29/10
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Kia Optima Sedan
Sedan

The Optima gives off more than a hint of a European vibe. And, good as all this packaging is, it would be for naught if the Optima didn’t or couldn’t step up to the plate mechanically. In this regard, it did not disappoint.

2011 Lexus IS F Sedan

12/21/10
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Lexus IS F Sedan
Sedan

The IS 250 F-Sport is a compelling choice for those intent on seeking out something other than a “default” German, especially at its high-value list price. Just don’t come expecting hot rod performance.

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