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 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,...

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...
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