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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Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda2

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda2
The Mazda2 is one of the most under-appreciated subcompact cars on the market. Fun, efficient and affordable, the little Mazda never really caught on. At 155.5 inches in length, the 2 does reside on the smaller side of subcompact hatchbacks and maybe people find it too small. Or maybe it’s the fact the 2 only...

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 4MATIC
With the success of last year’s CLA-Class compact sedan coupe, Mercedes-Benz is unabashedly eager to expand its front-wheel drive line-up in America. The CLA already shares a platform with the A-Class and the B-Class around the world, but neither of those small hatchbacks would probably work well here since Americans prefer crossovers. So to ensure...

Top 10 Forbidden Fruits’ of the 2014 Paris Motor Show

Top 10 Forbidden Fruits’ of the 2014 Paris Motor Show
Car companies are pretty clever. A lot of time, research and money gets spent before a new product is created. With differences in geographical, economic and cultural climates, one vehicle that might work in country A may not work in country B. This leads to a lot of variances globally when it comes to cars...

Civic Type R Concept’ Will Boost Your Faith in Honda

Civic Type R Concept’ Will Boost Your Faith in Honda
Sorry Honda fans, because this is like rubbing salt in an open wound. The Civic Type R will be the best performance car Honda has ever built and chances are slim of it reaching the U.S. Going on sale in Europe next year, this is said to be the ultimate Type R, besting any previous...

Jaguar Expands Family with New XE Sedan in Paris

Jaguar Expands Family with New XE Sedan in Paris
Remember the X-Type? Lucky for Jaguar, most people don’t. A half-baked rebranding of a Ford product, the ill-fated attempt at a compact luxury sedan in the early 2000s never caught on. But Jaguar is back with a new compact sedan, the XE. And this time, it’s a complete in-house design. Completely new from the ground...

Fiat 500X is a Baby Crossover With Italian Style

Fiat 500X is a Baby Crossover With Italian Style
Fiat is taking another stab at creating a larger 500 variant, but this time, instead of tall wagon thing like the 500L, the company is playing it safe by creating a compact crossover called the 500X. At 167 inches long and 63 inches tall, the Fiat 500X is roughly the same size as the Chevrolet...

Audi TT Goes Topless in Paris

Audi TT Goes Topless in Paris
Audi’s third-generation TT sports car will soon be available in convertible form following its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.  A familiar body style for Audi’s little sports car, the roadster follows in the coupe’s footsteps by being an evolutionary redesign and not a revolutionary one. Nearly an inch shorter than the current car,...

Discovery Sport is a Land Rover You Can Afford

Discovery Sport is a Land Rover You Can Afford
The Discovering Sport is the beginning of something big for Land Rover. While many folks are still confused about the whole Land Rover versus Range Rover thing (a Range Rover is a type of Land Rover), the Discovery Sport should help clear that up. Like the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, there will soon...

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S Goes Up-Market

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S Goes Up-Market
Mitsubishi is showing off a preview of what will eventually become a more premium version of the company’s Plug-In Hybrid Outlander Crossover. Up front, chrome accents and wraparound headlamps have been added to this upscale Outlander. The rear also receives a refresh that includes more chrome accents and taillights that run the entire length of...

Toyota C-HR is a Fun to Drive Hybrid Crossover

Toyota C-HR is a Fun to Drive Hybrid Crossover
Yup, it’s another crossover concept, this time coming from Toyota. With how hot the segment is right now, can you really blame them? Called the C-HR, the new small crossover is said to combine the original late-90s RAV4 with the Prius and the GT86. Yes, that is correct; the C-HR is a hybrid crossover that...

2015 Porsche Cayenne Goes Green, Stays Fast

2015 Porsche Cayenne Goes Green, Stays Fast
  Forget Toyota and Tesla, Porsche is the world innovator when it comes to plug-In electric/hybrid technology. OK maybe that’s a stretch, but with the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Porsche will be the first company to have three different plug-in hybrid vehicles and the manufacturer claims that the world’s first hybrid vehicle ever was created...

New MINI 5-Door Hardtop Strays Farther Off Message

New MINI 5-Door Hardtop Strays Farther Off Message
The MINI variants keep on coming and the latest is the all-new 5-door MINI hardtop. Essentially a five-door hatchback version of the regular MINI hardtop, this isn’t a replacement for the quasi crossover countryman. Not sitting as tall as the Countryman or with the ALL4 all-wheel drive option, the MINI 5-door is for those who...
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