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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. 


Recent articles


See the exterior of the 2022 Subaru BRZ

2022 Subaru BRZ Overview

Available in Premium and Limited trim levels, the 2022 Subaru BRZ is a small, nimble 2+2 coupe, but has new looks, fresh tech and more power.

Nov 19, 2020


One of the hottest vehicles for 2021

2021 Model Year Vehicles We Can't Wait to Drive

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

Oct 14, 2020


View of dashboard depicting lane assistance in a vehicle

Package Deals: Safety Packages by Brand

Learn about the various safety packages of popular automakers.

Oct 14, 2020


Exterior view of a 2021 Chevy vehicle

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


Exterior view of a 2021 Ford vehicle

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


Exterior view of a 2021 Jeep vehicle

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 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.

Jan 11, 2021


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.

Dec 14, 2020


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. 

Derek Shiekhi | Dec 11, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Dec 11, 2020


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.

Derek Shiekhi | Dec 14, 2020


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.

Dec 03, 2020


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.

Dec 03, 2020


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.

Dec 03, 2020


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.

Dec 03, 2020


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.

Nov 12, 2020


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."

Nov 12, 2020


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.

Nov 09, 2020


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.

Nov 09, 2020


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.

Nov 09, 2020


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.

Nov 09, 2020


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.

Nov 09, 2020


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.

Oct 28, 2020


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.

Oct 28, 2020


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.

Oct 28, 2020


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Apr 11, 2020



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.

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 02, 2020


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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov 17, 2019


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