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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Five Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring

Five Point Inspection: 2014 Mazda3 i Touring
  When we named the Mazda3 the AutoGuide.com Car of the Year, its flexibility helped eke out the win. There are two body styles (hatch or sedan) available with two engines each (a 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter). You can have a fully loaded hatchback model that stickers at $32,390, or you can opt for a basic...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of July 28

AutoGuide Now for the Week of July 28
We’re piloting two new luxury cars and a fleet of fuel friendly family sedans this week. Which one are you most interested in?   2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe: Mike Schlee Road Test Editor – “To start this week, I am flying to Connecticut to drive the 2015 ATS Coupe. Highly impressed with the responsive drive of...

Petition Spurs NHTSA to Review Chevrolet Impala Airbag

Petition Spurs NHTSA to Review Chevrolet Impala Airbag
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it will be reviewing a petition filed in November that requests an investigation of older Chevrolet Impalas. According to the petition, 320,000 Impalas are affected by a defect that results in the inaccurate suppression of the front passenger airbag moments prior to a frontal crash. The petition is asking...

How New Cars Will Prevent Pedestrian Injuries

How New Cars Will Prevent Pedestrian Injuries
Automakers are working hard to protect some of the most fragile things on the road: pedestrians. According to NHTSA, pedestrian accidents account for approximately 13 percent of the 33,000 traffic fatalities that occurred in 2012. While automakers are beginning to use advanced technologies that help prevent vehicle-to-vehicle collisions, the next big step is to reduce...

AutoGuide Now For the Week of July 21

AutoGuide Now For the Week of July 21
Here’s your chance to take a look at the exciting new cars we’re testing this week including the muscle car everyone is talking about: the 707-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Read about the other cars populating the AutoGuide garage right here.  2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor: ”This week I am...

Top 10 Cars We’re Tired Of Waiting For

Top 10 Cars We’re Tired Of Waiting For
  “Soon” is quite possibly the least satisfying answer possible, yet we hear it countless times about exciting new cars. Some get a green light and others are shelved in order to make resources for a variety of reasons. Here’s our list of cars that we’ve been hearing about for years only to be left...

How to Become a Ferrari Race Car Driver

How to Become a Ferrari Race Car Driver
In the world of motorsports, Ferrari is king. With an amazing legacy of winning, the folks behind the prancing horse badge are always in the spotlight. “Growing up in Italy, it’s your dream to race for Ferrari” Alessandro Balzan, of team Scuderia Corsa said on the sidelines of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport). Balzan along...

What You Need To Know About Autonomous Vehicles

What You Need To Know About Autonomous Vehicles
Self-driving cars are no-longer solely in the realm of science fiction, as several automakers are working on a way to make cars drive themselves and make you just a helpless passenger along for the ride. While automakers work away, it may be a while before we see any of these cars on the road, as...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of July 14

AutoGuide Now for the Week of July 14
Three distinctly different cars are in for testing this week at the AutoGuide garage and each one is pretty awesome in their own way. Read all about it on the latest iteration of AutoGuide Now.  2014 Dodge Challenger Shaker - Mike Schlee, Road Test Editor: “This week, I’m driving the Dodge Challenger Shaker. We first saw the...

Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto: Which Will Your New Car Use?

Apple CarPlay vs Android Auto: Which Will Your New Car Use?
As you might have heard, there’s a war for your dashboard going on. Apple and Google are introducing new ways to deliver your smartphone’s user experience through your in-car infotainment system. The recently announced Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems are designed to help you access more of your phones features and take advantage of...

AutoGuide Now for the Week of July 7

AutoGuide Now for the Week of July 7
Now that the excitement of July 4th is over, you must be wondering what’s next to come from AutoGuide.com. Here̵ 7;s what we’re testing this week. Dont’ forget to tweet at us to find out more, or ask any questions about the cars we’re reviewing this week.  Rally North America and 2015 Hyundai Genesis: Mike Schlee, Road...

What is Android Auto?

What is Android Auto?
Android Auto is the latest product from Google that’s designed as an alternative to CarPlay but for Android users. Similar to the Apple infotainment solution, Android Auto will use your Android smartphone to enable apps and extra features while driving. Having just debuted last week, automakers have already announced support for this system giving the...
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