Vehicles & Rides


Ride Review: Zipcar in The Twin Cities

Have you seen the price of gas, lately? At the onset of a new year, some communities across the U.S.A. are seeing something they have not seen in a very long time: Very low gas […]


Ride Review: 2015 Volkswagen Passat

A big sedan with a diesel engine: sounds familiar, does it not? It used to be that if you built a car with a diesel engine with the intent of giving everyone space, it would […]


Ride Review: 2015 Honda CR-V

What you are looking at is the best selling crossover/SUV in the USA. How did the Honda CR-V get there? Think about what Honda has been since making a splash with the Civic in 1972. […]

2014 Toyota RAV4 XLE AWD

Ride Review: Toyota RAV4

There is a lot of truth to current rise of the compact crossover/SUV. The momentum in this class is driven by meeting the customer’s needs. These are also laden with truths. Crossover/SUV customers are not […]


Ride Review: Randy’s Favorite Vehicles of 2014

Every year, I get the opportunity to drive a lot of vehicles. Some vehicles have been driven for around 15-20 minutes; others for as long as a week. In 2014, I averaged more than a […]


Lavender’s Top Print-Edition Stories of 2014

1. Q & A with Jaiyah Saelua, of “Next Goal Wins” by Nell Gelhaus Issue 493 April 17, 2014 Nell Gelhaus’ column, “Playing for the Other Team,” premiered in January 2014. In one of her […]


Lavender’s Top Online-Only Stories of 2014

1. Online Magazine Readers, whether local or from overseas, tune into the online edition of Lavender for a dynamic reading experience whether or not there’s a print edition available. 2. Big Gay News Culminating the […]


2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Randy Stern

Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour Like most music lovers, I have been relegated to buying individual songs from iTunes rather than purchasing a full album. My reasoning has been the lack of real albums […]

2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD

Ride Review: Chevrolet Traverse

Back in February, we witnessed something extraordinary in the history of television advertising. We saw ourselves. We had commercials featuring same-sex couples and as GLBT individuals. Commercials began airing presenting with us as a family […]


Ride Review: Mercedes-Benz S-Class

This is the greatest car ever made. You may argue otherwise, but consider how much this lofty title was earned by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It shifted the luxury market when luxury became too grandiose and […]

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