Mike Schlee
If it has wheels, Mike will drive it. Having written professionally 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.

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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

2015 Acura TLX Review

2015 Acura TLX Review
Acura is replacing both the TL and the TSX with the all-new 2015 TLX. Featuring two new engines and two innovative transmissions, can the TLX take on the big players from Europe?...

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS Review

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS Review
Since the regular Nissan Juke NISMO wasn’t crazy enough, Nissan has given the company’s little crocodile-looking crossover even more. ...

2014 Jaguar XKR-S Review

2014 Jaguar XKR-S Review
The XK has come to the end of the road and will cease production at year’s end. At least a trio of hot RS models won’t let us soon forget it....

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Going to School with Skip Barber Racing

Going to School with Skip Barber Racing
When Skip Barber decided it was time to retire from professional racing in the 1970s, he had a radical idea. What if aspiring racers were coached just like any other athlete? Although this is a no-brainer today, in the 1970s it was not a popular belief as many still thought racing talent was born, not...

Ten Lessons From Driving An MX-5 Across America

Ten Lessons From Driving An MX-5 Across America
I’m always up for a good road trip. Heck, I’ll even go on a bad one. Put me in a car, point me in a direction and I’ll set off like a carrier pigeon on a mission. So when Mazda announced the world debut of the 2016 MX-5 would be taking place in Monterey, Calif.,...

Five Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5

Five Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Mazda MX-5
In what must have been a logistical nightmare, Mazda simultaneously debut the next generation MX-5 in three different countries around the world at the same time. Already the best-selling roadster in history, the fourth-generation model promises to push Mazda’s two-seat sports car over the 1 million sales mark when it hits showroom floors sometime next...

2014 Honda Accord Consumer Review

2014 Honda Accord Consumer Review
Last year Honda updated its bread and butter Accord sedan. As the fourth best-selling vehicle in America, it’s a safe assumption that the Accord has a lot of fans. Designed as an all-around vehicle for families, retirees and single people alike, the Accord is a sort of utility belt in the automotive world. For 2013,...

MX-5 to Monterey: Grand Junction, CO to Monterey, CA

MX-5 to Monterey: Grand Junction, CO to Monterey, CA
Day three looks the longest, with a total of 1,121 miles to drive over an estimated 16 hour and 21 minute period. Luckily, there will be an overnight pit stop in Sacramento to drop Tony off at the airport before I begin the final three hour drive to Monterey. I am looking forward to this...

MX-5 to Monterey: Ames, IA to Grand Junction, CO

MX-5 to Monterey: Ames, IA to Grand Junction, CO
Day two begins with a cars and coffee event hosted by Steve Myers at his fantastic Skunk River Restoration shop in Ames. To say he has a little bit of everything is an understatement. With 945 miles and over 13 hours to drive today, Tony and I are going to have to pull ourselves away...

MX-5 to Monterey: Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA

MX-5 to Monterey: Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA
Day one is going to be our longest single day, spanning 998 miles from Harrisburg, PA to Ames, IA. According to Google maps the drive should take 14 hours and 37 minutes, but I’m hoping to cut that down by a few hours. Accompanying me on the trip is Tony Intrieri, President? of Rally North...

MX-5 to Monterey: A 3,000 Mile Journey Begins

MX-5 to Monterey: A 3,000 Mile Journey Begins
At AutoGuide we love road trips. Any chance there is to drive somewhere instead of walk/fly/boat, we take it. I may be the guiltiest party here. Aside from my yearly adventures with the charity organization Rally North America, I’ll take any opportunity to get behind the wheel and drive. So, when I got an invitation...

Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Equinox?

Should I Buy a Used Chevrolet Equinox?
Vehicle Overview The first generation Equinox bowed in the 2005 model year. Although the Equinox was similar in size to many mid-size crossover of the same era, Chevrolet officially classified the vehicle as a compact crossover. As a five-seater, it lacked the third row seating option found in many mid-size crossovers and even a few...

AutoGuide Under $30,000 Performance Car Shootout

AutoGuide Under $30,000 Performance Car Shootout
Sporty cars are not dead. Rumors of their demise are premature. Thrill-packed machinery litters the automotive landscape, available to suit nearly every budget. When it comes to motoring fun, one of the most intriguing segments is the under $30,000 price bracket, where several enticing choices can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes....

2015 Volvo V60 Consumer Review

2015 Volvo V60 Consumer Review
This year has finally brought the conventional Swedish wagon back to North America. Based on S60 architecture, the all-new 2015 Volvo V60 adds a practical and sexy alternative to the regular three-box sedan. Available with three different engines, two transmissions and two drivetrains, the V60 offers a lot of choice. But for those who want...

Should I Buy a Used Acura TL?

Should I Buy a Used Acura TL?
  Vehicle Overview The 2004 model year saw the introduction of an unofficial third-generation Acura TL. Although this was the first time just the TL moniker was used on an Acura model, two previous generations of mid-size luxury sedans used the letters TL after a set of numbers designating the engine. The TL was available initially...
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