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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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...

Top 10 Forbidden Fruits Growing In Your Backyard

Top 10 Forbidden Fruits Growing In Your Backyard
Think we have it good in the US when it comes to automotive selection? Think again. There are quite a few cars available to our neighbors from the North and South, but not in our dealerships. What gives? Here’s the scoop: many of these cars might not pass our emissions or safety standards, while others...

AutoGuide Now For The Week of September 1

AutoGuide Now For The Week of September 1
Epic road trips sum this week up with two of our editors going on two different life-changing adventures. See what’s happening this week at AutoGuide with AutoGuide Now.  2014 Mazda MX-5: Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor – “This week I’m doing something a little different. Invited to the 2016 Mazda MX-5 reveal on Wednesday September...

Should You Lease a New Car or Buy a Used One?

Should You Lease a New Car or Buy a Used One?
There are two affordable options to get into a car without settling for an econo-box. The first is lease a new car and the second is to buy a used one, but which path is the better choice? “Both options have their advantages,” says Randy Ellspermann, CFO of LightStream Lending. “If you have no need...

Renault’s New Racecar is Like a Mid-Engined GT-R

Renault’s New Racecar is Like a Mid-Engined GT-R
Though we likely won’t see this race car on our shores, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 is definitely worth checking out thanks to its impressive stats and gorgeous design. A midship design that utilizes a tuned version of the Nissan GT-R engine, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 send out 500 hp to the rear-wheels. Unlike the GT-R...

Nissan Model Mashups Showcase Bizarre Creations

Nissan Model Mashups Showcase Bizarre Creations
Ever wonder what a Nissan Versa Note would look like if it had the power-train and styling cues of the Nissan 370Z? Apparently you’re not the only one, as the Facebook page of Nissan’s Motorsport division is showing us the results of some cross-breeding within its lineup. Introduced in February, the Facebook page asked for...

Mitsubishi to Incorporate Unified Design Across Lineup

Mitsubishi to Incorporate Unified Design Across Lineup
Don’t count Mitsubishi out just yet as the brand still has some plans for the U.S. market, including a new corporate face to be used across its entire lineup. Expect the new look Mitsubishi to arrive in 2015 for 2016 model year vehicles, starting with the affordable Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact. The redesign includes a new grille...

How to Keep an Eye On Your Teen Driver

How to Keep an Eye On Your Teen Driver
Parents tend to worry about their teens when they start driving on their own, but thankfully there are ways to help mom and dad keep an eye on their kids and ensure they’re driving safely and responsibly. Ford, GM, Hyundai and Infiniti offer cars and services that can remind teen drivers to stay safe on...

AutoGuide Now For the Week of August 25

AutoGuide Now For the Week of August 25
Another round of testing is in order this week, with a fuel-efficiency comparison booked, a big Hemi Ram truck ready for action and a new Lexus coupe all-set for its debut. This is AutoGuide Now for the week of August 25  2014 Toyota Prius c – Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor: “This week I’ll be...

10 Diesel Cars You Might Not Know Exist

10 Diesel Cars You Might Not Know Exist
Diesel is making a comeback in North America and there are more than a few cars out there outfitted with torquey, yet fuel efficient engines. With obvious models like the Jetta or Golf TDI, there are also plenty of others that fly below the radar. If you’re considering buying a diesel for your next car,...
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