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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    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....

  • 2015 Lexus NX

    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...

  • 2014 Acura RDX

    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...

  • 2014 BMW 7 Series

    2014 BMW 7 Series

    BMW's biggest sedan got a number of changes for 2013, led by improvements in horsepower and efficiency to the two most popular engines: the inline-6 and V8. An 8-speed automatic transmission...

  • 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...

  • 2014 Jeep Wrangler

    2014 Jeep Wrangler

    The Jeep Wrangler is arguably older than anything beyond pickup trucks, tracing its roots to military duty 70 years ago. Wrangler has been modernized with a contemporary engine, electronics inside and...

  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee

    2014 Jeep Cherokee

    The 1984 Jeep Cherokee arguably invented the small SUV, and it ruled for 17 years until its slot was taken by the 2001 Jeep Liberty. Now it's back in the lineup....

  • 2014 Honda Crosstour

    2014 Honda Crosstour

    The Honda Crosstour was introduced for 2011 as an offshoot of the Accord, but then became a model of its own. It's been left behind by the Accord, which began a...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    The 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with a new edgy look, available in many models and iterations. The 2014 E-Class might be remembered for the breakthrough of intelligent drive, as the E-Class...

  • 2014 Audi A4

    2014 Audi A4

    The Audi A4 is a premium compact sedan with a brilliant, venerable 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine and a smooth ride. Its classy interior comes standard with leather upholstery, automatic climate control,...

  • 2014 Jaguar F-Type

    2014 Jaguar F-Type

    The Jaguar F-Type is a sensational new car, the first true sports car Jaguar has built in 40 years. We think they nailed it. It's difficult to build something in 2013...

  • 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

    2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

    The Mitsubishi Outlander has languished since its glory days as an SUV in the '90s. It's important to Mitsubishi that Outlander comes back, and the total redesign for model year 2014...

  • 2013 Honda Crosstour

    2013 Honda Crosstour

    The Honda Crosstour was introduced for 2011 as a model of the Accord, but is now a model of its own. It's been left behind by the Accord, which began a...

  • 2014 Acura MDX

    2014 Acura MDX

    The 2014 Acura MDX is the third generation of this seven-passenger luxury crossover with high performance. For all its years until now, the unibody MDX was built on Honda's Global Light...

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