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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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Discover great cars, trucks, and SUVs we can't wait to drive in 2021.

Oct 14, 2020


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Learn about the various safety packages of popular automakers.

Oct 14, 2020


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What's New: Looking Ahead at 2021 Chevy Models

Discover what's new for Chevrolet in the year 2021. We take a look ahead at updates to the Corvette, Suburban, Tahoe, and other Chevrolet favorites.

Oct 13, 2020


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What's New: Looking Ahead at 2021 Ford Models

Discover what's new for Ford in the year 2021. We take a look ahead at updates to the Bronco, Mustang, Ranger, and other Ford favorites.

Oct 13, 2020


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What's New: Looking Ahead For Jeep 2021

What can you expect from Jeep in 2021? Discover what's next for the off-road enthusiast's favorite lineup.

Sep 01, 2020


Exterior view of a 2021 RAM vehicle

What's New: Looking Ahead For RAM 2021

What can you expect from RAM in 2021? Learn about all the changes coming to your favorite RAM trucks.

Sep 01, 2020


Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Meet the All-New 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

Kick the tires on the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, from automotive experts at AutoNation Drive.

Jul 13, 2020


Exterior view of the 2021 Ford Bronco

Meet the All-New 2021 Ford Bronco

Peek under the hood of the Ford Bronco, all-new for 2021, from automotive experts at AutoNation Drive.

Jul 13, 2020


Recent test drive reviews


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 29, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 19, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 30, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 29, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 29, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 17, 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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 10, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 09, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 09, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 08, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 08, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 01, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 01, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 01, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 01, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Aug 07, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 22, 2020


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?

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 11, 2020


Exterior view of the 2020 Challenger Hellcat

2020 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.

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 02, 2020


Exterior view of the 2020 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

2020 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.

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 02, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 02, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Mar 02, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Mar 02, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Mar 02, 2020


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. 

Derek Shiekhi | Mar 02, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Jan 28, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Jan 28, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Dec 19, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Dec 03, 2019

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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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 21, 2019


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?

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 21, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 18, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 15, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 11, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 11, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 28, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 05, 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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 29, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 28, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 28, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 28, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 24, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 24, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 17, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 17, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Oct 14, 2019


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Nov 17, 2019


Exterior view of the 2020 BMW M340i

2020 BMW M340i Review

Take a performance-tuned chassis, a sporty and tech-filled interior, and a competition coupe flavor and what do you have? The BMW M340i, which isn't all-new for 2020, but does offer some sporty trim packages.

Derek Shiekhi | Sep 16, 2020

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