Mark Atkinson

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Critic's Review History

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

83

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

91

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

77

2012 Subaru Impreza

12/28/11
81
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2012 Subaru Impreza
Sedan

Even with the benefit of aggressive pricing, the Impreza doesn’t deliver a real must-have message beyond standard all-wheel drive. Its style is more modern and squared off, but still very generic. And the new engine doesn’t make friends easily.

2012 Subaru Impreza

01/17/12
82
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2012 Subaru Impreza
Hatchback

You can’t argue that new Impreza is more ‘imprezzive’ than before, but it’s still a long way dynamically, technologically and aesthetically from the class leaders.

2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan

06/08/10
84
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2010 Subaru Legacy Sedan
Sedan

The 2010 Subaru Legacy is familiar to those who were already fans, but its increased size and reduced price will certainly appeal to those shopping the Honda/Nissan/Toyota triangle.

2011 Toyota Avalon Sedan

01/21/11
84
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2011 Toyota Avalon Sedan
Sedan

But the Avalon really is as close to a Lexus as you can get without paying the price premium for the little “L” badge. It’s perfectly positioned to capture Toyota customers who’ve grown up with the brand and grown out of a Camry.

2012 Toyota Camry

11/25/11
84
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2012 Toyota Camry
Sedan

For customers looking for a ‘sporty’ Camry, this is the best yet. But compared to similarly equipped Optimas and Sonatas, the SE doesn’t hold up on the ‘sport sedan’ front. Critically, Toyota has addressed one major problem, and that’s value.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In

10/20/10
81
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In
Hatchback

It’s hard to give a verdict on the Prius PHV besides a conditional “sure, but how much does it cost?” Until Toyota decides to offer these to the general public, and figures out what the mark-up will be, the PHV is little more than interesting dinner conversation.

2011 Toyota Sienna

03/22/10
84
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2011 Toyota Sienna
Minivan

So did Toyota succeed and make a minivan cool? No, but they have made it much more tolerable for drivers with the Sienna.

2012 Toyota Yaris

04/16/12
78
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2012 Toyota Yaris
Hatchback

The Yaris won’t be a complete disaster, despite our general indifference to the car. It will sell to current Yaris owners who will appreciate the improvement in style and cabin refinement compared with their old ones.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

01/14/11
77
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
Sedan

The Jetta isn’t a bad car, it’s just a disappointing one. If you’re the kind of customer who buys by the inch, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bargain. But if you’re looking for driver satisfaction and a little joie de vivre, shop elsewhere.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

02/04/11
81
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Sedan

The diesel engine is the Jetta’s raison d’être. Without it, there are other compact sedans on the market that should be more reliable, more fuel efficient and more fun.

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV

05/16/11
80
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV
SUV/Truck

Volkswagen’s Tiguan is compact, smart and handsome. Unfortunately, its value equation is shot to hell by its pricing.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg SUV

03/24/11
83
100

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Mark Atkinson Mark Atkinson Score Pending 2011 Volkswagen Touareg SUV
SUV/Truck

While the 2011 Volkswagen Tourag’s difference in ability, comfort and appeal over the original is impressive, the $10/pound premium is not.

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