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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Should I Buy a Used BMW 3 Series?

Should I Buy a Used BMW 3 Series?
Vehicle Overview: Whether you’re looking for entry-level luxury or the benchmark in sport sedans, BMW’s 3 Series will easily satisfy. The fifth generation models, available between 2006 and 2011 were among the best regarded vehicles in their class. First offered in the US in 2005 as a 2006 model, the rear-wheel drive 3 Series sedan...

Lane Departure Safety Systems: What you Need to Know

Lane Departure Safety Systems: What you Need to Know
You’ve likely seen an inattentive driver on the road, drifting out of their lane while they check their phone, reaching for something in the back seat or fiddling with their infotainment system. Or maybe, that driver was you. Since drivers are more distracted these days automakers are looking to stop crashes before they happen. One...

AutoGuide Now For the Week Of August 18

AutoGuide Now For the Week Of August 18
Now that our sporty-car shoot out is over, you’d think its time to return back to the hum-drum world of boring compacts and economy cars, but you’re wrong. This week we have two serious performance cars and two all-wheel drive, six-cylinder cars ready to tackle a cut-throat segment.  2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R: Mike Schlee, Road Test...

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of August 11

AutoGuide Now For The Week Of August 11
With eight sporty cars in the AutoGuide.com garage, we are understandably excited about this week. Did we also mention that we’re spending it at our home test track? Keep an eye on the AutoGuide.com Twitter account to see what cars we’re testing as well as photos from the test track. Here’s what we’ll be playing...

Can You Use Winter Tires All Year?

Can You Use Winter Tires All Year?
You might want to drive all year long on winter tires to save money, time or both, but that you shouldn’t do it. First, let’s look at what makes winter tires good in the snow. Unlike summer or all-season tires, winter tires can stay soft and flexible in cold weather. Additionally winter tires have different...

Bentley SUV Spied Hot Weather Testing

Bentley SUV Spied Hot Weather Testing
Bentley is coming closer to launching its ultra-expensive SUV. The company is already released teaser images of the upcoming vehicle, revealing that it will be styled more like the Continental than the Mulsanne. Easily recognizable as a Bentley thanks to the signature headlight design, the production version of this car will share a few components...

Should You Be Worried About Car Hacking?

Should You Be Worried About Car Hacking?
With all the connected technology found in modern vehicles, you might be wondering if the personal information that they store is safe. For example, Audi and GM offer features with their new cars that rely on an always-on Internet connection. This enables Internet media streaming or smartphone-enabled apps that can unlock or remotely start your...

Top 10 Chassis Codes You Should Know

Top 10 Chassis Codes You Should Know
If you’re even a little bit of a car nut, there’s a good chance you know about chassis codes. Car geeks can go through entire automotive conversations without ever mentioning a model name. That sort of banter is basically what characterizes a day in AutoGuide.com office. After one such exchange, we decided to compile a...

AutoGuide Now For the Week of August 4

AutoGuide Now For the Week of August 4
  There’s an interesting mix of cars coming in to the AutoGuide.com garage this week ranging from high-performance sports cars to some of the most diminutive stuff on the road today.  2015 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor - “This week I’m driving the monstrous, 550 HP Jaguar F-Type Coupe R. Already a...

IIHS Crash Test Ratings Explained

IIHS Crash Test Ratings Explained
New car shoppers should always consider a car’s crash test performance and safety when it comes to making a purchase, but what’s behind those crash ratings? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety [IIHS] operates independently of auto manufacturers and is funded by the insurance industry to conduct crash evaluations on new vehilces. The folks at...

2015 Toyota TRD Pro Pricing Announced, Starts at $36,410

2015 Toyota TRD Pro Pricing Announced, Starts at $36,410
The pricing of the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and 4Runner TRD Pro were announced today, with the Tacoma emerging as the most affordable off-road ready Toyota pickup truck you can get. The starting price of $36,410 (including destination) is for a Access Cab Tacoma with a V6 and six-speed manual transmission. Double Cab models cost...

2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Gains Style Enhancements

2015 Toyota Prius Persona Series Gains Style Enhancements
A new special edition of the Toyota Prius is arriving in dealerships this September with a few unique styling upgrades. Dubbed the “Persona Series Special Edition” this Prius gets easily recognizable 17-inch alloy wheels that feature a dark metallic finish, as well as a unique badge on the rear bumper. The Prius also gets heated power mirrors...
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