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 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

10/15/09
86
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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2010 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback
Hatchback

With great power, handling, and a sublime exhaust note to boot, the 2010 VW GTI continues a stream of personal hot hatches six-generations long.

2010 Lexus IS C Convertible

05/19/09
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2010 Lexus IS C Convertible
Convertible

The new convertible from Lexus, the IS C is a logical choice for those sun-worshippers who appreciate Lexus’ build quality and legendary customer experience.

2011 BMW X5 SUV

04/19/10
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 BMW X5 SUV
SUV/Truck

BMW’s refreshed X5 continues in its quest for total perfection in the luxury crossover/SUV realm by incorporating engine and drivetrain improvements that continue to keep the Sport Activity Vehicle, or whatever they want to call it, relevant in an extremely competitive segment.

2012 MINI Coupe

10/04/11
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 MINI Coupe
Coupe

Small but mighty, the Coupe provides a balls to the wall experience in a size not much bigger than a shoebox. It fits oddly into the MINI lineup, but it brings with it genuinely sporting credentials that are hard to discredit.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible

06/21/11
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Convertible
Convertible

The SLK350 was already a good handler, and Mercedes-Benz has improved it to the point where it is now a “driver’s car”, not a “chick car.”

2011 Hyundai Sonata Sedan

08/03/10
86
100

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

No longer are Hyundais appealing primarily because of their rational low price and high feature content. With the introduction of the Sonata, Hyundai has shown that it can inject passion into a point A-to-point B family sedan.

2013 Lexus LS Sedan

10/16/12
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2013 Lexus LS Sedan
Sedan

Lexus continues to improve the LS 460 with additions in technology and aesthetics. Now into the seventh year of this particular design, we think this latest refresh managed to keep up with, but not exceed, the market.

2013 Audi allroad Wagon

07/02/12
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2013 Audi allroad Wagon
Wagon/CUV

Perfect for urban and suburban adventures alike, the Audi Allroad offers great utility and capabilities for a day where the wild things are.

2012 Hyundai Accent Hatchback

07/01/11
86
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Accent Hatchback
Hatchback

With a refined interior and great road feel, the 2012 Hyundai Accent raises the bar in a segment that only recently was about as pleasant as the flight home from Las Vegas after a night of partying.

2011 BMW X3 SUV

10/19/10
86
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 BMW X3 SUV
SUV/Truck

The redesigned BMW X3 womps its predecessor in every way, including ride, handling, power, and equipment. It even trumps it in price by lopping around $2,100 off of the old model. For once, BMW appears to have a hit on its hands that will resonate with North American buyers.

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid

08/05/11
86
100

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Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid
Sedan

For those desiring a reasonably priced, large luxury car that shows you’ve arrived without maxing out your oil company credit card, the Mercedes–Benz S400 Hybrid has you covered.

2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan

10/20/13
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2014 Honda Odyssey Minivan
Minivan

Not the least expensive tool in the shed, the 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite caries an “all-in” vibe, hitting the marketplace with virtually every option on the build sheet.

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