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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How To Ditch Your Clunker

How To Ditch Your Clunker
Getting rid of that eyesore on your lawn or in your garage doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Cash for Scraps If you’re patient, you can post the car to an online listing site like Craigslist or Autotrader. If your car is a little too used to be sold as a whole another option...

Top 20 Most Embarrassing Cars to Drive: Part 1

Top 20 Most Embarrassing Cars to Drive: Part 1
There are good cars, bad cars and embarrassing cars. Today we’ll take a look at the latter list, cars that were bad, underwhelming, uninspired and downright humiliating to be seen in. This is just part one of two. These cars stand out in our memory for being capable of knocking down your social standing a peg or...

Five Point Inspection: 2015 Chrysler 200S V6 AWD

Five Point Inspection: 2015 Chrysler 200S V6 AWD
  Chrysler’s lamentable first-generation 200 is finally gone and the new model replacing it is praiseworthy for a variety of reasons. A versatile car, the 200S can be had with a four-cylinder or (now rare in this class) six cylinder, along with front-wheel drive and a new addition for 2015: all-wheel drive. Our tester sported...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of October 14

AutoGuide Now for the Week of October 14
  We’re evaluating two brand new cruising vehicles and revisiting an old gas-sipping friend. See and learn all about the cars we’re testing this week on AutoGuide Now. 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor -  “This week I’ll be spending a few days in the Mercedes-Benz S 550 4MATIC. One of the best...

Should I Buy a Used Lexus IS?

Should I Buy a Used Lexus IS?
The Lexus IS is a great choice if you want a luxury sport sedan without worrying about paying high-end German repair bills. Available between 2006 and 2013, the second-generation Lexus IS is a Japanese alternative to the Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. With a pair of V6 engines and a rear-wheel-drive platform,...

Adaptive Cruise Control Seeping Into Affordable Segments

Adaptive Cruise Control Seeping Into Affordable Segments
Did you know that affordable, mainstream cars are getting those impressive, eyebrow-raising features that are usually reserved for high-end luxury cars? It’s true and all thanks to a Japanese automaker that is working hard to bring those features to a mass audience. If you saw our Top 10 about the most affordable cars with adaptive...

AutoGuide Now For the Week of October 6

AutoGuide Now For the Week of October 6
The Paris Motor Show is in the past and the future holds some very interesting new cars of all shapes and sizes. Check out what we’re testing this week in AutoGuide Now. 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor - “Once again I am off to raise money with Rally North America...

Fiat 500X Video, First Look

Fiat 500X Video, First Look
Fiat’s compact crossover debuted this week at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. If you missed it the first time, here’s you chance to get fed on all the details of this cute-ute. The Fiat 500X shares most of its platform and power train with the upcoming Jeep Renegade. That means you’ll see a few engine...

2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Video, First Look

2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Video, First Look
The new C-Class is borrowing some hardware from the newest Mercedes sports cars, packing that new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 under its hood. Mercedes’ M3 fighter will have either 469 hp or 503 hp in the C63 AMG S, which should be more than enough to keep up with the BMW in a straight line. But in...

2016 Kia Sorento Video, First Look

2016 Kia Sorento Video, First Look
The new Kia Sorento made its global debut at the Paris Motor Show, and our cameras were rolling so you could get a better look at this family friendly crossover. The biggest change in this Sorento is how much more premium it looks. Long wrap-around headlights, prominent fog lamps and a larger more upright grille...

2016 Volvo XC90 Video, First Look

2016 Volvo XC90 Video, First Look
Finally, its time to get up close and personal with the new face of Volvo, the XC90. Having seen its first redesign in almost 14 years, the XC90 needed to be very different than its predecessor. It has high-tech powertrains, an ultra luxurious cabin and gorgeous styling. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter twin-charged (that’s...

Audi TT Sportback Concept Video, First Look

Audi TT Sportback Concept Video, First Look
Have you ever dreamed of a 400-hp, four-door, Audi TT? Well at the Paris Motor Show, that dream is a reality thanks to the Audi TT Sportback Concept. This car is longer and wider than the regular TT, allowing for rear-doors and extra cargo space. Design-wise, it shares quite a lot with the regular TT...
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