Clifford Atiyeh

Owners of the new
cars reviewed by this
critic give him/her
an overall credibility
rating of:

7.3 out of 10
Critic's Review History

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

84

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

93

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

76

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

09/24/11
81
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
Hatchback

Volkswagen, in its attempt to make the Beetle unisex, is starting to muffle the charm as its competitors crank it up. For a car rooted in carefree, ’60s euphoria, Volkswagen may be taking the Beetle too seriously.

2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hatchback

01/27/11
78
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hatchback
Hatchback

The Toyota Prius Plug-in is an experiment, and for many people living in cities, a stretch of the imagination to work properly. But if Toyota can build enough of them, the company’s staunchly conservative culture could see it lead yet another niche.

2011 Subaru Impreza WRX

06/28/11
87
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX
Sedan

The man who buys a WRX STI knows he’s getting a street-legal race car, and all the gut-wrenching performance of a Porsche 911 for half the price. At the right moments, it’s an utterly outstanding piece.

2010 Ram 2500/3500

03/22/10
80
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2010 Ram 2500/3500
SUV/Truck

When a 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty greeted me at the Globe for the ride back to Brookline, I felt intimidated. That’s the point. The 3500 is a condensed Mack tractor, with its five yellow roof lights, swinging mud flaps, and big-bore diesel exhaust.

2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback

05/06/11
83
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Nissan Leaf Hatchback
Hatchback

The Leaf is impressive. It’s incredibly smooth and silent, seats five, and is a genuine, tire-spinning hoot to drive. But the constant downtime, never mind the inability to find a plug at every stop, is too frustrating.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class AMG

06/08/10
93
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class AMG
Coupe

The SLS is a full-crank supercar, the first Mercedes to be entirely designed and built by their racing arm, AMG. It shares the SL moniker of the classic two-seat luxury convertible, and its form pays tribute to the famous 300SL gullwing coupes that raced in the 1950s.

2010 Mazda Speed 3

01/31/10
84
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2010 Mazda Speed 3
Hatchback

For the rawest performance, good looks (the 3’s smile made my day), and affordable price, grab a healthy dose of fear and buy the Mazdaspeed. And then buy another one with all-season tires.

2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV

12/02/11
87
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque SUV
SUV/Truck

The Evoque makes a better Range Rover. It drives like a car instead of a bulldozer. It starts at $44,000, and when loaded, is still thousands less than the ridiculously popular Sport.

2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV

12/16/11
85
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV
SUV/Truck

The 2012 Wrangler hasn’t changed its basic and most-loved features, and it’s remarkably tolerable. The new V-6 is smooth, pulls hard, and is nearly Lexus-quiet at low speeds. And I actually have room to stretch my arms and legs.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

08/10/11
83
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
Sedan

This is the Hyundai Genesis R-Spec, the sleepiest four-door of them all. Then again, no one knows how much fun you’re having in a Genesis, including the insurance companies.

2012 Honda Civic Sedan

06/30/11
76
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Honda Civic Sedan
Sedan

The Honda Civic, as always, is a dead reliable and affordable compact, but there are too many stronger players now to recommend a Honda that feels half-baked. For the first time perhaps ever, the almighty Honda Civic disappoints.

2012 Fiat 500 Convertible

05/30/11
83
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Fiat 500 Convertible
Convertible

Despite being less than 12 feet long and as wide as my arm span, the Fiat 500 sports four cylinders and the actual semblance of an automobile.

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