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:

85

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
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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

01/27/11
78
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In
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.

2010 Tesla Roadster

07/15/10
86
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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2010 Tesla Roadster
Convertible

The Tesla Sport model’s heavy premium doesn’t buy a much better car, not in the way this kind of money upgrades a 911 Carrera 4S to a GT3. But the price delivers an otherworldly experience, a visceral, satisfying rejection of the traditional fossil-fueled sports car.

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
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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 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

09/27/10
87
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
SUV/Truck

Porsche sold more Cayennes in the US during August than the Boxster, Cayman, and 911 sports cars combined. After driving a 2011 Cayenne Turbo for a week, I finally see why. It’s now built like a Porsche.

2011 Porsche Boxster

07/01/10
89
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Porsche Boxster
Convertible

320 horsepower may not seem much for 60 grand, yet after a few minutes it’s clear where the money goes in the Porsche Boxster Spyder. Save maybe for the toy-car Lotus Elise, there’s not a roadster in the world with this kind of precise chassis setup.

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

01/26/11
88
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Coupe

You could drive a Turbo daily — it’s got the most luxury, space (hey, two back seats for the kids!), and refined powertrain of any supercar. But the rock-hard suspension can’t absorb bumps.

2011 Nissan Leaf

05/06/11
83
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2011 Nissan Leaf
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 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

05/24/10
90
100

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Clifford Atiyeh Clifford Atiyeh 7.3 out of 10 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Sedan

The Mercedes Benz S550 makes a terrific compromise, straddling the line between Lexus isolation and BMW involvement. Plus, it carries Maybach presence for a third of the cost.

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.

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