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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2015 Audi Q7 Caught Testing in Spy Shots

2015 Audi Q7 Caught Testing in Spy Shots
These spy photos don’t just show us what the new Audi Q7 will look like, but also hint at the future of the Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg and upcoming SUV from Bentley. We’ve seen the Q7 testing before, but as you can see it’s still heavily camouflaged. There is some speculation that the car will...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of April 14

AutoGuide Now for the Week of April 14
  Are you ready for more power? This weeks theme is more, more, more with each of our test cars featuring more power than usual.  2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG - Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor: “This week I am in the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG. As a fan of high-boosted four-cylinder engines, I can’t wait...

What Should I Do If My Car is Recalled?

What Should I Do If My Car is Recalled?
It’s only April and over 13 million vehicles have already been recalled. Here’s what you need to do to if yours is one of them. Recall announcements are often made by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rather than the automaker. You probably have better things to do than pour over NHTSA’s database,...

Top 10 Insurance Myths Explored

Top 10 Insurance Myths Explored
Does the color of the car you drive raise your insurance rates? Are old cars cheaper to insure? And will your premiums go up after a claim? Each of these questions has an answer and it might not be what you think it is. We’ve compiled a list of the ten most common car insurance...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of April 7

AutoGuide Now for the Week of April 7
Our editors are trading in the luxurious and sporty cars from last week for practical, family-friendly minivans. See what else we’re testing this week on AutoGuide Now. 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan – Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor: “”Wh en people think minivan, the Dodge Grand Caravan is usually the first image that comes to mind. The originator...

Mercedes AMG GT Spied Looking Meaner Than Ever

Mercedes AMG GT Spied Looking Meaner Than Ever
Mercedes’ upcoming AMG GT sports car is going green… sort of. AutoGuide.com’s spies caught this prototype strolling around Barcelona with an eye-catching neon green and black camouflage wrapping. With the SLS now out of production, the dream-team at Mercedes-AMG are looking to work their magic again with a smaller and hopefully more affordable sports car that...

Mystery Ferrari Test Mule Spied

Mystery Ferrari Test Mule Spied
A Ferrari fooling around in the snow is always an awesome sight, but these shots, provided by our spy photographer, show something a bit more than just a 458 Italia sliding about. Looking at the front wheel-arches, which are cut open, it’s clear that we’re actually looking at a test-mule for the next big thing...

2015 Subaru Outback Teaser Shows Legacy Inspired Design

2015 Subaru Outback Teaser Shows Legacy Inspired Design
The New York debut of the 2015 Subaru Outback was confirmed today as Subaru released this teaser image of the family wagon. While concrete details of the new Outback are slim, it’s easy to imagine that this new vehicle will be based on the 2015 Subaru Legacy that we saw at the Chicago Auto Show....

2015 Kia Sedona Teased For New York Debut

2015 Kia Sedona Teased For New York Debut
Minivans aren’t really exciting, but Kia is hoping to change that mentality with what looks like a redesigned Sedona, which seems destined for a 2014 New York Auto Show debut. Based on the teaser image above of the 2015 Sedona, it’s clear that Kia is giving the minivan some sharp design cues, including the new...

Jaguar XE to get F-Types Supercharged V6

Jaguar XE to get F-Types Supercharged V6
The awesome V6 engine that’s used in the awesomer Jaguar F-Type, will soon find another home in the upcoming Jaguar XE sport-sedan. The news of the engine configuration was originally posted on a section of Jaguar’s global site, which has since changed. The output of the 3.0-liter V6 engine in the F-Type is between 340...

Top 10 Mobile Apps for Car Owners

Top 10 Mobile Apps for Car Owners
Along with playing Angry Birds and taking pictures of your cat, smartphones are incredibly useful for car owners, offering free apps that can help save both time and money. Here’s a list of apps that we find the most useful when it comes to driving and car ownership. Many apps on this list are at least...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of March 31

AutoGuide Now for the Week of March 31
  The cars this week all have one thing in common: excess. Excess power, excess cylinders, excess luxury and excess value. Check out what we’re driving this week on AutoGuide Now. 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus: Mike Schlee Road Test Editor – “This week I will be in the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus that...
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