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About Derek Shiekhi

Derek Shiekhi is an award-winning automotive writer and member of the Texas Motor Press Association. It's all in a day's work for Derek to evaluate performance cars on tracks, or tackle tough terrain in an off-road truck or SUV. But whether he's flying down a straightaway in a Corvette, or climbing a rocky grade in a Ford Super Duty, you'll read all about it here on AutoNationDrive.com. 



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Exterior view of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43

2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Review

What about a two-row SUV, with a swoopy roofline... and... a high-output V6? Yep, Mercedes makes one. It's called the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe.


Exterior view of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Review

As a performance-packed SUV with third row seating, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 has a lot to offer. 


Exterior view of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Review

For the first time ever, there's finally a TRD version of the Toyota RAV4. The Toyota Racing Development division has been applying its expertise to every Toyota under the sun -- now it's the RAV4's turn.


Exterior view of the 2021 Toyota Supra

2021 Toyota GR Supra 3.0 Premium Review

While everybody was questioning Toyota's partnership with BMW to build the new Toyota Supra, it seemed that nobody was asking: was it any good?


Exterior view of the 2021 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition

2021 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition Review

GMC pushes the envelope with the carbon fiber composite bed in the back of the 2021 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition.


Exterior view of the 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite

2021 Honda Odyssey Elite Review

Follow along with a true odyssey in the 2021 Honda Odyssey Elite as one family travels to the Grand Canyon.


Exterior view of the 2021 Nissan Rogue SV exterior view

2021 Nissan Rogue SV Review

The all-new 2021 Nissan Rogue features bolder exterior styling and a completely redesigned interior available with an array of safety and infotainment technologies.


The 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD exterior view

2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited AWD Review

Now, just one year into its fourth generation, the 2021 Highlander gets even more new content. A sporty XSE model joins the lineup.


See the body of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4x4

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier 4x4

Chevrolet is adding one new trim package for 2021 to the Tahoe family: the High Country. For now, we're taking the Tahoe Premier 4x4 for a spin.


See the exterior of the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible

2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible Review

Another Mustang test drive bites the dust: this time, we're scratching the EcoBoost Premium Convertible off the list.


See the exterior of the 2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury AWD

2020 Cadillac CT4 Premium Luxury AWD Review

At one end of the CT4 spectrum, there's the entry-level Luxury model. At the other is the performance-focused CT4-V. In the middle are the Sport and Premium Luxury variants. 


See the exterior of the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch MAX 4X4

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch MAX 4X4 Review

The newest version of the King Ranch combines handsome good looks with luxury content and a substantial amount of standard safety features.


See the exterior of the 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible

2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium Convertible Review

Another Mustang test drive bites the dust: this time, we're scratching the EcoBoost Premium Convertible off the list.


See the body of the 2020 Cadillac CT4-V

2020 Cadillac CT4-V Review

The 2020 Cadillac CT4-V is available exclusively as a sedan.


See the body of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS AWD

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS AWD Review

The Chevrolet Trailblazer is back! Again! The first time around, Chevy used the name TrailBlazer for a package it offered on the Blazer in the late 1990s.


See the body of the 2020 Ford F-450 King Ranch FX4

2020 Ford F-450 King Ranch FX4 Review

Next up in our round of testing the capabilities of the Super Duty lineup is the 2020 Ford F-450 King Ranch Fx4.


See the body of the 2020 Ford F-350 Limited 4X4

2020 Ford F-350 Limited 4X4 Review

We put the shiny new Super Duty trucks to work, starting with this 2020 Ford F-350 Limited 4x4.


See the body of the 2020 Cadillac CT5-V

2020 Cadillac CT5-V Review

The 2020 CT5 has a starting price of $36,895 and is available in four trim levels: Luxury, Premium Luxury, Sport and V.


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Kicks SR

2020 Nissan Kicks SR Review

Meet the 2020 Nissan Kicks SR: a small, nimble, fuel-efficient CUV designed to take on "the intensity of the urban landscape."


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT Review

Chevrolet finally did what fans and owners and even company executives have wanted it to do for decades: It made a mid-engine production Corvette.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST (2WD)

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST (2WD) Review

The two-wheel-drive RST offers a perfect mix of leisure driving, running errands, and light work in the Chevrolet Silverado trim family.


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Maxima SR

2020 Nissan Maxima SR Review

A benchmark for companies producing sedans that standout among crossovers and SUVs is the Nissan Maxima, and the SR trim offers plenty of upgrades.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 2LT Review

Chevrolet finally did what fans and owners and even company executives have wanted it to do for decades: It made a mid-engine production Corvette.


See the body of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST (2WD)

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST (2WD) Review

The two-wheel-drive RST offers a perfect mix of leisure driving, running errands, and light work in the Chevrolet Silverado trim family.


See the body of the 2020 FIAT 500X Sport AWD

2020 FIAT 500X Sport AWD Review

The FIAT 500X got a fresh look for 2020 with the Sport trim level. Discover the different FIAT trim packages and learn which one may be right for you.


See the body of the 2020 RAM 1500 Lone Star Crew Cab

2020 RAM 1500 Lone Star Crew Cab Review

Learn about the RAM 1500 trim packages and take a peek under the hood of the Texas-inspired Lone Star Crew Cab model.


See the body of the 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel 4x4 Eco Diesel

2020 RAM 1500 Rebel 4x4 Eco Diesel Review

Discover a work truck that takes the four-letter word out of work. The 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel offers adventure and style in a high-performance package.


See the body of the 2020 RAM 1500 TRX Truck

2020 RAM 1500 TRX Truck Review

RAM has produced an apex predator: meet the 2021 RAM TRX, a high-performance truck ready to take on the Ford Raptor.


See the body of the 2020 Lexus RC F

2020 Lexus RC F Review

The RC F was overdue for a refresh, one that went deeper than just new front and rear fascias.


See the body of the 2020 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e

2020 Toyota Prius XLE AWD-e Review

The 2020 model year brought infotainment and interior adjustments to the popular Toyota Prius line.


See the body of the 2020 Toyota Avalon TRD

2020 Toyota Avalon TRD Review

See what happened when Toyota decided to let the performance specialists at the Toyota Racing Development team take aim at the Avalon.


See the body of the 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel

2020 RAM 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel Review

The 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel EcoDiesel did not put up a fight when faced with a long-distance road trip.


See the exterior of the 2019 Lexus NX 300

2020 Ford Escape SEL AWD Review

It's the 20-year anniversary of the Ford Escape, which has aged like a fine bottle of wine. This small-scale SUV offers big gains and luxury lines in the sleek rendition for 2020.


Exterior view of the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport Review

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has evolved for 2020 to reveal cosmetic and performance upgrades. Learn about the Stelvio Ti Sport and what it has to offer for the 2020 model.


Exterior view of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Review

The Mercedes-AMG C-Class is compact, turbocharged, 4-cylinder compact car that makes up for some of the shortcomings for other Mercedes-AMG models.


See the body of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 53

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 53 Review

One of the highest ranking sports cars, see the combination of power and posh interiors offered by the Mercedes-AMG GT 53.


See the body of the 2020 Lexus GS F

2020 Lexus GS F Review

Discover whether or not the Lexus GS F can live up to other performance vehicles in the midsize luxury sedan segment.


See the body of the 2020 Lexus GX 460

2020 Lexus GX 460 Review

The Lexus GX lineup has aged well, and the 2020 Lexus GX 460 Luxury is like a ten-year-old scotch.


See the body of the 2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe

2020 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe Review

This BMW 235i xDrive is full of surprises: from its 405 horsepower engine to its four door body style. See what makes this competition vehicle from BMW a stand-out.


See the body of the 2020 Subaru Legacy Premium

2020 Subaru Legacy Premium Review

Discover why the 2020 Subaru Legacy Premium is the perfect car for a relaxing drive, whereever you want to go.


See the body of the 2020 BMW X5 M50i

2020 BMW X5 M50i Review

The BMW X5 is a high-ranking midsize luxury SUV that will beg you to leave the house even during a pandemic.


See the exterior of the 2020 Jeep Renegade Limited 4X4

2020 Jeep Renegade Limited 4X4 Review

It may be small, but the 2020 Jeep Renegade Limited 4x4 proves there's more to Jeep than the Wrangler.


See the body of the 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir

2020 Buick Enclave Avenir Review

Honoring the Buick lines of the past while pointing toward the future of luxury SUVs, Buick unveiled the 2020 Buick Enclave Avenir.


Exterior view of the 2020 Nissan Versa

2020 Nissan Versa Review

Nissan has been overhauling their car lineup for the last few years while the rest of the world became obsessed with trucks and SUVs. Take a peek at the all-new Nissan Versa.


See the body of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Saharah EcoDiesel

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Saharah EcoDiesel Review

American off-roading enthusiasts had been asking Jeep the same question for the past several years: When are you going to offer the Wrangler with a diesel engine?


Exterior view of the 2019 Challenger Hellcat

2019 Challenger Hellcat SS Review

The good news is that the Mopar crew decided to incorporate a lot of the Demon's go-fast technology and hardware into a new flagship Challenger, the 2019 SRT Hellcat Redeye.


Exterior view of the 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody Review

Signing on the dotted line for a high-performance American car should be inspired by your excited inner child, not rigidly controlled by just cold logic and math.


See the exterior of the 2020 GMC Sierra Denali

2020 GMC Sierra Denali Review

The GMC Sierra is a good, all-around workhorse that has excellent towing capacity, and smooth performance.


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Altima

2020 Nissan Altima Review

The 2020 Nissan Altima takes design cues from the Vmotion 2.0 concept car shown at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.


See the exterior of the 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon

2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Review

The Jeep Wrangler and scotch have one thing in common: they're both best on the rocks.


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Nissan Pathfinder Review

Nissan introduced an all-new options package for two- and four-wheel-drive Pathfinder SV and SL models.


See the body of the 2020 Nissan Titan

2020 Nissan Titan Review

To keep the Titan in fighting shape, Nissan sent the Titan to the gym and now it's more powerful than ever. 


Exterior view of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

2019 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Review

The Mercedes-AMG E 63 S, is a 603-horsepower performance car you can comfortably drive every day.


See the exterior of the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country FWD

2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country FWD Review

Not only is the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse High Country a spacious three-row SUV, but it is also an attractive one with a leather-lined interior packed with useful technology.


See the exterior of the 2019 Lexus UX

2019 Lexus UX Review

The 2019 UX is for those buyers who Lexus calls "urban explorers," people who want a crossover that they can easily maneuver through large cities. In fact, they inspired the name: UX stands for Urban X-(Cross)over.


See the exterior of the 2019 Jeep Compass Upland 4x4

2019 Jeep Compass Upland 4x4 Review

The Annual Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) What's New Event previewed the updates for the 2019 Jeep line-up.

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Exterior view of the 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Lusso

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Lusso Review

While it's been manufacturing cars for over 100 years, Alfa Romeo has a relatively small footprint in the U.S. market, and currently produces three just vehicles.


Exterior view of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan

2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan Review

Mercedes-Benz did a spectacular job on the design of the new E-Class. That being said, how do you spot the differences between the regular E-Class models, the E53, and the E63 S?


See the body of the 2020 Subaru Outback Limited

2020 Subaru Outback Limited Review

Wagon enthusiasts are in for the ride of their life with the 2020 Subaru Outback Limited.


Exterior view of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon

2019 Mercedes-AMG E 63 S Wagon Review

Mercedes-Benz decided to apply its most aggressive AMG treatment to the E wagon - the E 63 S is lovably over the top.


See the exterior of the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

2019 Dodge Durango SRT Review

A drive in the Dodge Durango RST moved one AutoNation editor to poetics, perhaps a rarity for a muscle SUV. Read about this cool SUV on the blog.


See the body of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review

The 2020 Gladiator offers the utility of a truck, the off-road capabilities of a Jeep, and something none of its rivals can match: the open-air fun of a convertible.


See the body of the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4x2

2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab 4x2 Review

The Ford Ranger XLT Supercab may not be sophisticated, but it's doing its best impression of a Swiss Army Knife in vehicle form.


See the exterior of the 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD

2020 Range Rover Velar SVAD Review

Lexus created a vehicle with the right dimensions and power to make getting around metropolitan environments more pleasant: the Lexus UX 250h F Sport for 2019.


See the body of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Review

The new generations of this American Sports Car have heads turning over a bold design and a peppy engine.


See the body of the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited 4x4

2019 Ford F-150 Limited 4x4 Review

The Ford F-150 Limited makes hauling a breeze, with the added air of luxury on the inside and out.


See the body of the 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Fx4

2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Fx4 Review

The 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat edition of the popular pickup truck from Ford is all about the fun in the sun.


See the body of the 2019 Ford F-250 King Ranch Fx4

2019 Ford F-250 King Ranch Fx4 Review

The Ford F-250 King Ranch 4x4 is one handsome hauling rig that demanded a job besides hauling groceries.


See the exterior of the 2019 Jeep Cherokee

2019 Jeep Cherokee Review

Jeep's media relations team invited us out to Westlake Village, CA to experience the re-invented 2019 Cherokee on- and off-road.


See the body of the 2018 RAM 1500 Longhorn Southfork

2018 RAM 1500 Longhorn Southfork Review

RAM enthusiasts will enjoy the mix of power and style in the 2018 RAM 1500 Longhorn Southfork.


Exterior view of the 2018 Alfa Romeo 4c Spider

2018 Alfa Romeo 4c Spider Review

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider is the result of when race car designers get together and build a vehicle for normal roads. Find out why we haven't been able to stop raving about this daily-driver track monster.


See the body of the 2019 Subaru Forester Sport

2019 Subaru Forester Sport Review

For a vehicle that's only been around for a little over 20 years, the Subaru Forester remains an icon for the brand for adventure seekers and commuters alike.


Exterior view of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon

2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon Review

With four available body styles and four engine options, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon offers something for just about any taste and price range.


See the exterior of the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 Review

Climb the mountain of Jeep vehicles and find yourself at the Summit: the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit takes it over the top with high-end materials and a performance-packed powertrain.


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