Thane Peterson

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:

85

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

93

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

76

2011 BMW X3

04/12/11
86
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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 BMW X3
SUV/Truck

The new X3 is quicker, handles better, and rides more smoothly than the outgoing model. It’s also bigger, better looking, and more fuel-efficient. Add it all up and the X3 is now as good as — and, arguably, better than — any of its main rivals.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid

07/20/10
86
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid
Sedan

The new S400 Hybrid is not only Mercedes’ least expensive S-Class sedan, it is also its most fuel-efficient. The S400 is well worth considering, even if you aren’t necessarily shopping for a hybrid.

2011 Chevrolet Camaro

03/29/11
85
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Convertible

It’s a beauty, with a sturdy, well-tailored top and surprisingly good handling for a convertible. If you’re looking for a fun car to wheel out on sunny weekends and warm summer evenings, the new Chevrolet Camaro may be the model for you.

2012 BMW 1 Series

10/04/11
85
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2012 BMW 1 Series
Convertible

The 2012 BMW 135i convertible is like a sawed-off version of the 3 Series convertible. Speed, agility and handling are all similar. But I’d have a hard time paying a premium price for a tiny car with such a remedial rear seat.

2011 Infiniti M

11/16/10
85
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Infiniti M
Sedan

Infiniti’s new M56 offers luxury with a healthy dose of horsepower. It’s a nice car, but not quite the BMW-killer Infiniti hoped for.

2011 Toyota Sienna

03/08/11
85
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Toyota Sienna
Minivan

Which is the best family vehicle on the market today, keeping in mind that “best” doesn’t necessarily mean sexiest? My vote goes to Toyota’s new Sienna minivan.

2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata

07/14/11
85
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Convertible

There’s nothing with the Miata’s 24-grand base price that can compete with its sportiness. It zips around like a hyperactive water bug. This is a great little second or third car for shoppers on a tight budget.

2011 Audi A8 Sedan

10/15/10
84
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Audi A8 Sedan
Sedan

The bottom line is that the new Audi A8 is a wonderful car, but it doesn’t really stand out from its many equally wonderful competitors.

2011 Chevrolet Silverado

11/02/10
84
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Chevrolet Silverado
SUV/Truck

If you need a heavy-duty hauling capability, the Silverado 2500 HD offers excellent bang for the buck. You might as well opt for the most powerful truck in the segment.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

05/04/10
83
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Hyundai Sonata
Sedan

The front-wheel drive Sonata, Hyundai’s best-selling U.S. model, is bigger, quicker, more sophisticated, and more fuel-efficient than the model it’s replacing.

2010 Lexus RX Hybrid

03/30/10
83
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2010 Lexus RX Hybrid
SUV/Truck

Most people can buy a hybrid RX450h instead of a conventional gasoline-powered RX 350 without giving up anything—whether it be money, convenience, or performance.

2011 Honda Odyssey

09/21/10
83
100

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Thane Peterson Thane Peterson 7.2 out of 10 2011 Honda Odyssey
Minivan

If you don’t mind their nerdy image, minivans offer more space, utility, and high-end features for the money than do luxury SUVs or crossover vehicles. The Odyssey’s greatest appeal is its cabin, which is roomier and much nicer-looking than the old one.

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