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

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 Diesel

06/29/11
85
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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
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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
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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
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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 Sedan

10/29/10
85
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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
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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.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

07/04/11
85
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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.

2010 Subaru Outback Wagon

09/06/10
85
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2010 Subaru Outback Wagon
Wagon

Subaru has managed to balance its unique flavor with mainstream attributes, creating a model that appeals to nearly everyone interested in this type of vehicle. Sales are breaking records and Subaru’s Indiana plant can barely keep up with demand. We understand why.

2010 Honda Insight Hatchback

09/23/09
85
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2010 Honda Insight Hatchback
Hatchback

As with most hybrids, it’s not the perfect be-all end-all to a high mileage cruiser. While not perfect in its own right, the Honda Insight is the perfect alternative to those who reside in the Prius nation.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

02/15/11
85
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Sedan

Subaru’s legendary WRX continues to improve. Clearly, it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it offers an exhilarating, if thrumming ride, that depending on your age, both chronologically and emotionally, might be just what the doctor ordered.

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