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

2012 Mazda 5

05/05/11
84
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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

05/10/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius V
Wagon

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
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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 TDI

06/29/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Audi Q7 TDI
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

11/14/10
85
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Nissan Leaf
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

02/23/11
85
100

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

2011 Kia Optima

10/29/10
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Kia Optima
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

12/21/10
85
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Lexus IS F
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.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

07/04/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist
Sedan

The LaCrosse eAssist is designed to feel and drive like a premium car, not a hybrid.We would seriously consider it when lining up gas-sipping mid-size luxury cars since it offers most hybrid benefits with few hybrid compromises.

2011 Nissan Murano

05/16/11
85
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Nissan Murano
Convertible

The Murano CrossCabriolet is a willing performer, and one that was capable of handling all road challenges we tossed its way. We like to think of it as a vacation on four wheels. Thanks for showing us some character, Nissan.

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