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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2006-2011 Toyota Camry Used Car Review

2006-2011 Toyota Camry Used Car Review
Vehicle Overview The 2007 model year saw the introduction of the sixth generation Toyota Camry. Styling was a departure from previous Camrys, but Toyota continued to sell this car in large numbers. The first year saw massive sales with numbers decreasing continuously through each model year. This means there are more 2007 and 2008 Camrys...

Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Long-Term Tire Test

Michelin X-Ice Xi3 Long-Term Tire Test
When a set of Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires on hand for evaluation, we hoped for a bit of wintery weather. After all, the tires designed to handle the snow and cold so we wanted to test them properly. Unfortunately, we got our wish. The winter of 2013-2014 will go down as one of the...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD
When sales of the awkward looking second generation Durango began to tailspin at the end of its lifecycle, Dodge was forced back to the drawing board. Body-on-frame SUVs had fallen out of favor and the Durango needed to change. After a one-year hiatus, the Durango reappeared in 2011 as a unibody utility vehicle based on...

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 GMC Yukon Denali
What should you do if a regular Tahoe isn’t enough, but the Cadillac Escalade is a bit over the top? The answer is the in-between GMC Yukon Denali. With more power and luxury than regular Yukons, the Denali is for those who want to treat themselves to a nicer truck without going full-hog into the...

2014 Three-Row Crossover Comparison Test

2014 Three-Row Crossover Comparison Test
Until the mid-1980s, those with large families usually bought station wagons with a who-cares-about-safety rearward facing third row of seats. But then the minivan was introduced and everything changed. For the next fifteen years, troops of kids were transported here and there in these pragmatic boxes on wheels. As is often the case though, consumer...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Volvo S60 T6 AWD
We are on the cusp of a minor revolution at Volvo. A set of new Drive-E powertrains, updated models and all-new offerings are almost here. Despite the new technology, increased efficiency and updated styling, one key pillar of Volvo will remain: safety. SEE ALSO: 2013 Volvo S60 T6 R-Design Review – Video And we don’t...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Hyundai Tucson Manual

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Hyundai Tucson Manual
It’s a fact: the manual transmission is on its deathbed. Long absent from most family vehicles, one the last bastions of the manual transmission are compact crossovers. These however are becoming harder and harder to find. Most mainstream manufacturers in America have abandoned offering a stick-shift in compact CUVs and only minor players in the...

Michelin Premier All-Season Tire Review

Michelin Premier All-Season Tire Review
Last month, Michelin took the first step in trying to revolutionize the tire industry. The idea is a rather simple one that has eluded the world’s top scientists for decades. What if a tire never degraded in performance as the tread wears down? That is exactly what Michelin hopes to accomplish with the brand’s latest passenger car...

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...

Sailun IceBlazer WSL2 Winter Tire Review

Sailun IceBlazer WSL2 Winter Tire Review
Sailun Tires has been around for 12 years, but you can be forgiven if you haven’t heard of them. Despite making inroads in North America and selling over 10 million tires globally last year, the company is still a bit of an enigma to many consumers. As part of the company’s bold ambition to eclipse...

Volvo’s Confusing New Trim Levels Explained

Volvo’s Confusing New Trim Levels Explained
Luxury automakers like to mess with us. That is the only conclusion we can come up with when looking at various manufacturer’s vehicle nomenclature. Lincoln seemingly applies random letters at the end of the brand’s model names – MKC, MKT, MKZ, etc. Acura is just as willy-nilly with the letters used at the start of...

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E FWD

Five-Point Inspection: 2015 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E FWD
Volvo is in the midst of a vehicular revolution. Forget the minor styling tweaks to the XC60 and S60 last year, this year the real action begins. The older-than-dirt XC90 will be redesigned in 2014, but the big news is that Volvo has decided to start the small project of overhauling the brand’s entire engine...
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