Damon Lavrinc

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Critic's Review History

In their published
reviews, this critic awards
an average score of:

85

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

92

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

79

2012 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid

05/19/11
92
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2012 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
Sedan

The 2012 Porsche Panamera Hybrid S is drawing a bead on evolving the hybrid equation into more than just a lackluster, fuel-sipping conveyance for the environmentally conscious. It’s a legitimate alternative for V8-averse luxury buyers.

2012 Porsche Cayman Coupe

03/10/11
90
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2012 Porsche Cayman Coupe
Coupe

The Porsche Cayman R has all the earmarks of the Total Package. If there was ever a proper cliche to be used, “telepathic” is it. Weighty without being cumbersome (à la Lotus Elise) yet smooth and frictionless. It’s – dare I say – better than the big boy 911.

2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan

06/15/11
90
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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan
Sedan

In the realm of a jaw-droppingly stylish sedan, the CLS continues to stand in a class of its own. We might call it one of the best automotive designs of the 21st century.

2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan

09/07/10
88
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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2011 Hyundai Equus Sedan
Sedan

There’s absolutely nothing in the new car market that matches the Equus on the amenities front for a similar price-point. The Equus isn’t just the ultimate Hyundai – it’s the ultimate four-wheeled value proposition.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

11/02/11
86
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback
Hatchback

With commendable driving dynamics, a segment-leading interior, an IIHS Top Safety Pick trophy and competitive fuel economy, the Sonic is a stand-up value with the stats and swagger to match.

2011 Audi Q7 SUV

05/27/10
86
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2011 Audi Q7 SUV
SUV/Truck

Whether luxury SUV customers are willing to trade in the prestige of a V8 for a supercharged V6 remains to be seen, but as a means of keeping the SUV relevant in this cleaner, greener climate, the 2011 Q7 is yet another step in the right direction.

2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

07/27/10
86
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback
Hatchback

Few things about the Leaf stand out, and that’s exactly its point. Nissan isn’t out to change the driving experience, it’s just changing the method of motivation. And more than anything else, that’s what’s going to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream.

2012 Fiat 500 Convertible

07/26/11
85
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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2012 Fiat 500 Convertible
Convertible

If you’re interested in style at a price, the 500 is where it’s at. And the smiles-per-mile quotient is easily tilted in favor of the open-roof 500C, despite its paltry 53-pound weight penalty.

2011 BMW X1 SUV

04/22/11
83
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2011 BMW X1 SUV
SUV/Truck

The BMW X1 might not be the Ultimate High-Riding Driving Machine (the X5 still holds that title), but the genes are there, and for the world’s wagon-averse, it offers a compelling blend of sport, fuel economy and cargo capacity.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

06/15/10
83
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Sedan

When you think diesel, a body-kitted sports sedan doesn’t spring to mind. But, given the right stretch of road and a proper set of performance tires, the Jetta TDI Cup Edition has real potential.

2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon

03/09/12
82
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2012 Toyota Prius v Wagon
Wagon/CUV

The Prius is the commensurate commuter and the V variant’s raised roof and enlarged hatch make it even more practical for Mommy and Daddy carpool duty. At least in theory. But the way you access the trunk space is where the compromise comes in.

2011 Lexus CT Hybrid Hatchback

10/13/10
81
100

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Damon Lavrinc Damon Lavrinc Score Pending 2011 Lexus CT Hybrid Hatchback
Hatchback

If you’re looking for a Euro-flavored premium hatch with the allure of a hybrid badge and the fuel economy to match (42 mpg city/41 mpg highway), the CT 200h is, frankly, your only option. But its inherit sportiness is questionable.

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