Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge. When he's not asking questions about cars and car tech, you can find him tinkering around with his gadgets. He finds himself right at home in side vehicles with the latest and greatest touch-screens, infotainment systems and complicated high-tech doo-dads. Before writing for AutoGuide.com Sami spent time writing in the Biz-Tech world, writing reviews of cell-phones, tablets, laptops, apps and videogames. Despite his affinity for in-car tech, he’s the proud owner of a back-to-basics Scion FR-S.

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Sami’s Suggested Reading

Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Five by Sami Haj-Assaad

Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Five by Sami Haj-Assaad

Make no mistake, this IS as much of a bucket-list as it is a dream list of cars. I’ve yet to drive many of these sublime examples of motoring, but if I was ever given the opportunity, I’d jump at it,  potentially re-scheduling a birthday party, religious holiday or anniversary to get a chance behind one...
TGIF[R-S]: Track Day at Last – Video

TGIF[R-S]: Track Day at Last – Video

Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly series: TGIF[R-S], where Features Editor Sami Haj-Assaad details the ownership experience of the Scion FR-S. If you haven’t seen the latest articles, be sure to check out the whole archive of them.  The Scion FR-S really is an amazing car. It’s affordable, looks hot and can handle all my mundane tasks....
Camaro ZL1: A Street Legal Race Car With the Podium Spot to Prove it – Video

Camaro ZL1: A Street Legal Race Car With the Podium Spot to Prove it – Video

In an unprecedented move, General Motors lent AutoGuide a Camaro ZL1 from the press fleet to race competitively against track-prepped cars with race tires. This is the story of how some good ‘ol American muscle earned more than just a podium finish; it earned respect. Having tested Chevrolet’s segment-busting Camaro ZL1 earlier this year at...

Sami’s Recent Reviews

2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review

2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review
Even at 50 years old, the Mustang GT Convertible is still just as cool as it used to be thanks to its throwback styling, powerful V8 engine and drop-top desirability...

2013 Mazda CX-9 Review

2013 Mazda CX-9 Review
Proving plenty capable during our participation in the Mazda Adventure Rally, the CX-9 has a tougher time keeping up with the competition....

2014 Ford Fiesta Review

2014 Ford Fiesta Review
The Ford Fiesta tries to do it all and comes close to delivering just about everything you’d ever want in a subcompact....

2013 Honda CR-Z Review

2013 Honda CR-Z Review
In a world now bursting with eco-minded hatchbacks and sporty hot hatches, the CR-Z emerges somewhere in-between as an odd alternative....

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i Review

2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i Review
A bigger 3 Series sounds like a great idea, but you won’t find all of BMW’s brilliant sport sedan in the X3 and you’ll likely find it a little lacking in luxury....

2013 Nissan Juke SL AWD Review

2013 Nissan Juke SL AWD Review
With fun-to-drive compact four-doors dying out and crossovers all the rage, is the Juke the sport compact sedan for a new automotive era?...

2013 Buick Verano vs 2013 Acura ILX

2013 Buick Verano vs 2013 Acura ILX
By stuffing as much style and luxury into a small package under $30,000, which one of these two cars bests redefines entry-level luxury?...

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Civic Type R Concept II Teasers Make the Jump to Video

Civic Type R Concept II Teasers Make the Jump to Video
The Civic Type R Concept II is getting a lot of attention these days, but that’s no surprise. Not only is it aiming to be the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle around the Nurburgring, it’s also boasting to be the most extreme Honda Type R vehicle ever made. In a video released today, Honda Project Leader Suehiro...

Top 10 Affordable Cars With Adaptive Cruise Control

Top 10 Affordable Cars With Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is common on many high-end cars, but did you know that a massive monthly payment isn’t necessary to access the technology? Cars with adaptive cruise control will slow down and speed up according to the vehicle ahead, making highway commuting much easier. Some systems will even stop the car completely and then...

2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertrain and Premium Trim

2015 Honda CR-V Gets New Powertrain and Premium Trim
While it is a sales leader in the compact crossover segment, we’ve always noted that the CR-V is a bit dull to drive and sit in, but for 2015, Honda is looking to change that impression with a more premium model. The 2015 Honda CR-V gets a number of improvements, including a brand new direct...

AutoGuide Now For The Week of September 29

AutoGuide Now For The Week of September 29
Most of the AutoGuide.com team will be in France this week covering the Paris Motor Show, but that doesn’t mean vehicle evaluations will stop completely. Learn more about what to expect this week in AutoGuide Now.  2014 Mazda2, Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor “With a new model just about to be introduced, I’m taking one...

When Will Chinese Cars be Sold in the US?

When Will Chinese Cars be Sold in the US?
We get gadgets, clothes and even car parts from China, but when will we see a car from China sold on our shores? The answer is “very soon.” Get ready to welcome the made-in-China 2016 Volvo S60L as the first mainstream Chinese car to be sold in the US. Surprised to see a Volvo made...

Hybrid AWD vs Mechanical AWD

Hybrid AWD vs Mechanical AWD
Electric motors in hybrids and EVs do more than just save gas; they have incredible potential for enhanced performance and safety. In fact, many hybrids have all-wheel drive systems that are better than what you would find in a gasoline car. How does a Traditional All-Wheel Drive System work? There are a number of ways...

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of September 22

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of September 22
We’ve got some fresh sheet metal to share with you this week, including three low-cost luxury cars and a borderline hot-hatch. Check it all out on AutoGuide Now.  2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor - “I’ll be traveling to the east coast to try out Mercedes-Benz’ new, very compact GLA crossover. How will...

Top 10 Cars That Need An Extra Gear (or two)

Top 10 Cars That Need An Extra Gear (or two)
It’s 2014 and there are STILL cars out there with four and five-speed gearboxes. You may be asking “What’s wrong with that?” and the answer is “Everything!” Having an extra gear or two (or even a CVT) would help cars get improved fuel economy, responsiveness or even improve the capability of a car or truck....

Should I Buy a Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

Should I Buy a Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class?
Before the introduction of the CLA-Class in late 2013, the title of entry level luxury within the Mercedes lineup belonged to the C-Class. Vehicle Overview: Now the new generation C-Class is  going upmarket and with the CLA is handling the entry level market for Mercedes. If the CLA 250 isn’t your cup of tea, but...

What is HondaLink?

What is HondaLink?
If you’re buying a new Honda, like the 2015 Fit or Civic, you may consider saving yourself some money and skipping the factory navigation system. Instead you can choose to use Honda’s smartphone-enabled system called HondaLink. But is it better than the factory navigation setup? Introducing HondaLink HondaLink is only available in the new Civic...

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of September 15

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of September 15
We have a whole new fleet of cars to test out this week, helping to give you some of the best car reviews and new car advice found around the net. Check out what we’re driving right here!  2011 Mazda RX-8: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor – “I’m getting back into a car I have...

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of September 8

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of September 8
  Two very interesting comparisons are due this week, don’t miss our super-sedan shoot-out and hatchback showdown.  2015 Porsche Macan S: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor - “This week I’ll be driving the Porsche Macan S. During the evaluation period, I’ll be taking the Macan on a weekend road trip with four adults aboard. How...
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