Sam Moses

Sam Moses

Sam Moses has been an automotive journalist for nearly 20 years, and before that a motorsports writer for 17 years, and before that a motorcycle journalist. As deputy editor at Autoweek, he received automotive journalism’s prestigious Ken Purdy Award. Moses is the author of four books, including the classic racing memoir, Fast Guys, Rich Guys and Idiots. His current blockbuster is a parenting memoir, It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This: The Dream Lives of Papa Madre and the AngloArabian Brothers.

Moses began his journalism career covering grand prix motorcycle racing in Europe. He was a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for 17 years, where, for stories, he climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan; crewed in the Trans-Pacific sailboat race; hunted alligators in the Bayous and bobcats in the Allagash; dived off the cliffs at Acapulco; rode shotgun in a P-51 in the Reno Air Races; set the world motorcycle speed record for 24 hours at Daytona with four others; co-drove in La Carrera Panamericana, the revival of the 1800-mile Mexican Road Race from Guatemala to Texas; descended the remote and treacherous River of Doubt in the Brazilian Amazon, retracing the 1914 expedition of Theodore Roosevelt; and put the first free ascent up the sheer face of the mysterious 16,000-foot Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea, led there through the jungle with his two partners by erstwhile cannibals.

An avid kiteboarder, Moses lives in the Columbia River Gorge. He remains a racer, competing in vintage races in his thundering ex-NASCAR Oldsmobile, once driven by the late, great Dale Earnhardt.

Reviews by Sam Moses

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    2016 BMW 7 Series

    When the all-new BMW 7 Series goes on sale in late October it will be stuffed with the latest technology including Gesture Control for the iDrive 5.0 interface, a tablet-sized 12.3-inch...

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    2016 Honda Pilot

    The Honda Pilot is all-new for 2016. No longer square, the shape of the 2016 Honda Pilot is smooth and pretty. The new Honda Pilot is a bit longer, narrower and...

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    2016 Audi Allroad

    The Audi Allroad is a wagon with stout styling, responsive performance, and all-season strength with its quattro all-wheel drive. There’s room for a small family without having to climb up to...

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    2016 Scion FR-S

    The Scion FR-S is flat-out engineered for fun but comes well equipped, including standard Bluetooth and rearview camera. Navigation isn’t available on the Scion, though that feature is available on the...

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    2016 Audi A3

    The Audi A3 comes as a sedan, cabriolet, and five-door Sportback hatchback. Its familiar styling is neat and sporty. A3 was redesigned for the 2015 model year, so there isn’t much...

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    2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

    Outlander was all new and well received in 2014. For 2015, Outlander carries over unchanged. Outlander seats seven, having a standard third-row seat, which thins out the mid-size competition to mostly...

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    2015 Jaguar F-Type

    The Jaguar F-Type was introduced in 2014, save the XK220 the first two-seater from the brand in decades and Jaguar’s first sports car since the E-Type of 40 years prior. F...

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    2015 Jeep Wrangler

    Jeep Wrangler is what the Jeep brand is all about. Wrangler’s origins date back to the World War II Willys MB. Today’s Wrangler has been modernized with a contemporary engine and...

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    2015 Jeep Cherokee

    Launched as a 2014 model, Jeep Cherokee gets some technological updates for the 2015 model year. 2015 Jeep Cherokee models with the 3.2-liter V6 engine now come with Stop-Start technology, intended...

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    2015 Acura RDX

    The Acura RDX combines engineering technology and efficiency with responsive handling, a traditional silky powertrain with 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic, clear gauges, classy leather, class-leading interior volume, and rear seats...

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    2015 Acura MDX

    Acura MDX is a rare animal, a seven-passenger luxury crossover with high performance. It’s unchanged for 2015 because the 2014 was new from the ground up. Compared to the previous generation,...

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    2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

    When you say Spark EV it comes out Sparky Vee, and that’s this car’s personality. It’s sparky and spirited around town, and has the torque of a V8, a big V8,...

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    2014 Audi Allroad

    Audi allroad was all new for 2013. The Audi allroad comes with one powertrain: the brilliant and venerable 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, mated to a Tiptronic 8-speed automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel...

  • 2014 Nissan Juke

    2014 Nissan Juke

    The compact economy crossover all-wheel-drive segment consists of the Nissan Juke. It used to include the pioneering Suzuki SX-4, but Suzuki has left the country and took the SX-4 with them....

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    2015 Lexus NX

    The Lexus NX, a new luxury compact crossover SUV, is 5.5 inches shorter than the midsize Lexus RX, with styling that's more edgy and futuristic. It's intended to capture young and...

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    2014 Acura RDX

    For 2013, Acura introduced the second generation of its smallest SUV. Considered all-new for 2013, the RDX was a bit bigger and heavier than before. Most notably, a 3.5-liter V6 engine...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

    2014 Volkswagen Tiguan

    Designed for an active sporty lifestyle, the Volkswagen Tiguan delivers excellent performance on the road or over rugged terrain. The rear seat folds 40/20/40, creating cargo possibilities galore, and the standard...

  • 2015 Subaru WRX

    2015 Subaru WRX

    The 2015 Subaru WRX comes out swinging with its racy brother the WRX STI. Subaru is calling them all new, fairly enough, although it's not a redesign, just a complete going-over,...

  • 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

    2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek

    The Subaru XV Crosstrek was launched as a 2013 model and essentially replaced the Impreza Outback Sport. It shares the platform and basic components used in the Impreza, which was redesigned...

  • 2015 Volvo V60

    2015 Volvo V60

    The 2015 Volvo V60 is an all-new model, a sports wagon that has been eagerly anticipated, because Volvo's legacy is built on wagons. The V60 also has automatic history, as it...

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