Mike Schlee
If it has wheels, Mike will drive it. Having written professional for the past four years, he joins the AutoGuide team as the Road Test Editor. The only thing Mike likes better than pawing all over the latest and greatest automobiles is driving them; a lot – over long distances. Testing and evaluating cars is a tough gig, but someone’s got to do it. Mike may be the world’s only NASCAR fan that drives a Miata.

Mike’s Suggested Reading

2013-2014 Compact Crossover Shootout

2013-2014 Compact Crossover Shootout

Compact crossovers are quickly becoming America’s one-size-fits-all automotive solution. These practical, efficient, all-weather vehicles can haul a small family and their gear nearly anywhere. Customers are flocking to showrooms and snatching these high riding hatchbacks up; last year, sales totaled over 1.7 million units. With a segment this big, manufacturers are locked in a constant…

Life With a 25 Year Old Miata

Life With a 25 Year Old Miata

The Mazda MX-5 Miata turns 25 this year. So does the car Road Test Editor Mike Schlee calls his daily driver. A few years back he purchased a first year Miata. Far from leading a pampered life, it’s lived a hard 25 years and seen more miles than any sports car should. In honor of…

Mike’s Recent Reviews

2014 Nissan Rogue Review

2014 Nissan Rogue Review
Nissan’s Rogue gets a much-needed shot of refinement and style for 2014. Is it enough to make the crossover a contender?...

2014 Jaguar XJR-L Review

2014 Jaguar XJR-L Review
For 2014 the “R” returns to the XJ lineup, designed to coddle passengers and thrill drivers....

2014 Buick Regal AWD Review

2014 Buick Regal AWD Review
Buick tweaked the Regal for 2014 to help differentiate it more from the Verano and move it slightly upmarket. Is it enough?...

2014 Ford Fiesta vs. Nissan Versa Note

2014 Ford Fiesta vs. Nissan Versa Note
One is stylish and fun to drive while the other is spacious and full of value. These two cars have very different ideas of what a subcompact should be....

2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E FWD Review

2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E FWD Review
With a twin-charged engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and impressive new safety features, Volvo has breathed some new life into the S60....

2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Review

2015 Volvo V60 T5 Drive-E Review
Wagon lovers everywhere are lining the streets in celebration as Volvo brings a proper wagon back to America. But is it any good and, more importantly, will it sell?...

2014 Honda Crosstour Review

2014 Honda Crosstour Review
With the improvements made last year, the Honda Crosstour has become more attractive to consumers. Well, maybe attractive is the wrong word to use....

2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Review

2014 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Review
For 2014 Hyundai has made same minor changes to the Sonata to help the keep the aging car relevant in today’s hotly contested family sedan market....

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Should I buy a Used Toyota RAV4?

Should I buy a Used Toyota RAV4?
Vehicle Overview Toyota’s RAV4 compact crossover entered its third generation on the market for the 2006 model year. Having grown in size, two features previously not found on the RAV4 were added: a V6 engine option and a third row of seating. The 269 HP 3.5-liter V6 was paired to a five-speed automatic while the...

Rally North America 2014 Rally US 50

Rally North America 2014 Rally US 50
Another successful Rally North America (RNA) event has come and gone. The last of the stragglers have finally made their way home and 75 cars are getting a well-deserved rest. Rally North America is a non-profit organization that conducts multi-day scavenger hunt-like road rally for charity. Currently in its fifth year of operation, this year’s...

Should I Buy a Used Toyota Corolla?

Should I Buy a Used Toyota Corolla?
Trouble-Free Commuting Vehicle Overview In 2009 a new Corolla went on sale in North America. Not entirely “new,” the 10th generation Corolla feature carried over mechanics on a newly style body and interior. A staple in the compact car market, Toyota kept to the winning formula of offering a basic car with high reliability and...

Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Astro or GMC Safari?

Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Astro or GMC Safari?
The Workhorse Not-So-Minivan Vehicle Overview After a decade on the market, General Motor’s “mid-size” vans received their one and only update for the 1996 model year. The short wheelbase version of the van was dropped this year and styling was modified to better resemble the larger full-size GM vans. Base model Astros/Safaris featured a utilitarian...

2014 Ford Focus Hatchback Consumer Review

2014 Ford Focus Hatchback Consumer Review
Impressive Compact Hatch with a Few Quirks The Focus is an important vehicle for Ford. The compact car category continues to grow and the Focus is a solid seller within the segment. Offered in either sedan or hatchback body styles, the Focus features contemporary styling and a lot of unexpected technology for a compact car....

Should I Buy a Used Ford Focus?

Should I Buy a Used Ford Focus?
Long in the Tooth but Still a Bargain Vehicle Overview Although Europe had been enjoying a new generation Focus since 2005, North America made due with the original model that made its debut on our shores in 2000. In 2008 an unofficial second generation Focus was introduced which wasn’t much more than a heavily updated...

Should I Buy a Used Saab 9-2x?

Should I Buy a Used Saab 9-2x?
The Classic Tale of the Saabaru Vehicle Overview In 2005 Saab wanted a compact vehicle to sell in North America against products like the Audi A3 and Volvo V50. At the time GM owned Saab completely and had an influential ownership share in Subaru. To fill the gap in Saab’s lineup, the company began to...

Should I Buy a Used Mazda Miata?

Should I Buy a Used Mazda Miata?
The Beginning of a Legend Vehicle Overview In 1990 Mazda introduced a back-to-basics sports car. Utilizing the same philosophy as British roadsters did in the 1950s and 1960s; the MX-5 Miata was a lightweight, front engine roadster that offered moderate power, a well-balanced chassis and top down motoring fun. The big difference between the MX-5...

Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX?

Should I Buy a Used Subaru WRX?
Vehicle Overview For 2002, Subaru sent its rally-inspired WRX to North America. Based on the Impreza, the WRX brought in a new era of compact performance cars thanks to its all-wheel drive capability and a turbocharged horizontally opposed engine. Available in either sedan or wagon body styles, the WRX could be had with a five-speed...

Cooper CS5 Touring Tire Review

Cooper CS5 Touring Tire Review
Being a successful, profitable company in today’s challenging global marketplace is not easy. In an industry as competitive as the tire business, that is especially true. Despite a failed merger and ever increasing onslaught from competitors, Cooper Tires is still holding on strong and this year, is celebrating a century in the tire business. The...

Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Camaro?

Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Camaro?
  Vehicle Overview In 2009 Chevrolet resurrected the Camaro nameplate. Using a mix of retro inspired style and futuristic design elements, the reborn Camaro commanded road presence and has become a sales success. In its short lifetime, Chevrolet’s fifth-generation muscle car has been equipped with five different engines and a sixth is on its way....

Should I Buy a Used Dodge Charger?

Should I Buy a Used Dodge Charger?
Return of the American Muscle Sedan Progeny of the ill-fated Daimler-Chrysler merger, the Dodge Charger came to be in 2005 as a throwback to classic muscle nostalgia in a full-size sedan body. With retro looks, paint schemes and a throwback for a name, the Charger was more than just a pretender thanks to models like...
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