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 Hyundai Azera

02/27/12
87
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Azera
Sedan

With the new Azera, Hyundai have created a vehicle that is truly aspirational, and manages to trump its competition from a value to price ratio, at nearly every turn.

2012 Cadillac CTS-V

03/01/12
89
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe

The CTS-V coupe is the two-door version of the sedan that was tuned on the famed Nürburgring circuit in Germany. On the other hand though, this Cadillac coupe is a perfectly gentle giant of a car that won’t beat you up after a stint behind the wheel.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

03/09/12
88
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth
Hatchback

t’s hard not to grin at least a bit when you first see Fiat’s cheeky little 500, but critics have been nearly unanimous in stating its need for more power. Enter the Fiat 500 Abarth. It seems to be the answer to many of our desires.

2012 Mazda 3

03/16/12
87
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mazda 3
Hatchback

The 2012 Mazda3i Touring Skyactiv hatchback is a pure, simple and fun compact car that gets among the best fuel economy this segment has seen.

2012 Aston Martin DBS

04/12/12
93
100

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

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Aston Martin DBS
Coupe

While not perfect, the Aston Martin DBS Carbon offers an alternative to other supercars while maintaining a sense of decorum that some of the more Continental rivals don’t possess. It is a bit of a poor deal when it comes to its list price, however.

2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG

04/17/12
90
100

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG
Coupe

Conservative looks aside, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe is a good addition to the stable and would be a great acquisition for most automotive enthusiasts, even if it isn’t quite as raw as its rivals.

2012 Scion iQ

04/26/12
80
100

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

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Scion iQ
Hatchback

When you consider there are other cars in the segment that actually offer seating for four and a full-size trunk, as well as an achievable 40 miles per gallon on the highway, perhaps the iQ s not as smart as it thinks.

2012 BMW M6

06/01/12
92
100

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

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Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 BMW M6
Convertible

After a two-year hiatus at the spa, the M6 returns, this time more agile, lighter, and more powerful than ever. Few owners will ever take this brute to its limits, either on or off the track, but it’s good feeling to know the potential is there.

2012 BMW 6 Series

06/05/12
90
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 BMW 6 Series
Sedan

The new 640i Gran Coupe offers a multitude of options for a driver to choose how he wants to control his vehicle. From a quad that thinks it’s a deuce, to a sporting corner cutter, to a debutante delivery vehicle, it tries to span a wide variety of segments – and it mostly succeeds.

2012 Audi TT

06/20/12
92
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Audi TT
Coupe

With the Audi TT RS, the brand rejuvenates its RS lineup. Offering performance that nearly trumps its cousin, the Porsche 911 Turbo, for nearly half the price, makes buying one of these the deal of the century.

2012 Cadillac XTS

09/13/12
87
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Cadillac XTS
Sedan

The Cadillac XTS leaps to the head of the brand’s product line offering loyalists what may be their last large sedan. At the same time, it should attract a new breed of buyer who get drawn in with the allure of high-tech luxury.

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG

11/01/12
91
100

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

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Mark Elias Mark Elias 7.2 out of 10 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG
Wagon

With the E63 AMG Wagon, Mercedes-Benz’s high-performance division proves that station wagons are sexy beasts, too.

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