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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 2013 Honda Civic

    2013 Honda Civic

    The Honda Civic began its ninth generation with the 2012 model, which was disappointing on account of cost-cutting. The 2013 Civic sedan is changed a bit, becoming what the 2012 should...

  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler

    2013 Jeep Wrangler

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

  • 2013 Nissan NV

    2013 Nissan NV

    Nissan isn’t afraid to push creativity and take chances, for example the Cube, Juke, and Murano Convertible. Quirky with an eye on function. A convertible SUV is a wonderful thing to...

  • 2013 Subaru BRZ

    2013 Subaru BRZ

    The Subaru BRZ, an all-new sports car, has been very carefully designed to be a winner by Toyota and Subaru engineers and designers, working largely together. There was a clear purpose...

  • 2013 BMW 7 Series

    2013 BMW 7 Series

    2013 is a big model year for the 7 Series, with lots of changes to the model line. The most significant changes are improvements in horsepower and efficiency to the two...

  • 2013 Audi allroad

    2013 Audi allroad

    The 2013 Audi allroad is all new, after hiding for the past seven years under the skin of the A4 Avant wagon, which now goes away. The 2013 allroad comes with...

  • 2013 Audi A4

    2013 Audi A4

    The 2013 Audi A4 and S4, last redesigned for 2009, have been freshened on the outside and refined on the inside. Mechanically, the only significant change to the standard model is...

  • 2013 Lexus LS

    2013 Lexus LS

    The Lexus LS lineup has been completely redesigned for the 2013 model year. The all-new 2013 Lexus LS uses the same powertrain that it’s been using since 2006, a sweet and...

  • 2012 BMW 640i

    2012 BMW 640i

    The BMW 640i Coupe and Convertible were redesigned for 2012, with a stiffer chassis that’s heavily composed of aluminum, new skin, and improved engine. The 6 Series Coupe is a gorgeous...

  • 2013 BMW M6

    2013 BMW M6

    The third generation of the BMW M6, which has been around for 25 years, incorporates many new high-performance features, starting with a compact and powerful 4.4-liter V8, mated to a 7-speed...

  • 2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe

    2013 BMW 640i Gran Coupe

    The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is an all-new model. Despite the coupe name, it’s a four-door with good interior room and seating for four adults and one smaller person. The...

  • 2013 Acura RDX

    2013 Acura RDX

    The 2013 Acura RDX introduces the second generation of Acura's smallest SUV. RDX is all-new for 2013, a little bit bigger and heavier than before, while being considerably more powerful, nearly...

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