Vehicles & Rides


Ride Review: 2017 Volvo S90

There is something about a luxury sedan. The elegance is above par compared to mere sedans of the same size and heft. The styling is a cut above what is seen out on the roads. […]


Ride Review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Let us settle an argument, shall we? Define the word “truck” for a moment. Traditionally, a truck would be best described as a vehicle built on a frame with its body components tacked onto it […]


Ride Review: The Best of 2016

This year, I was able to bring a lot of great vehicles for you to read about here in Lavender magazine. It was a heck of a lot of work, but worth it. I hope […]


2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Randy Stern

Road America Season Pass Just five hours away is one of the best motorsport venues around. If you love the roar of engines running down the two straights and some of the most challenging corners […]


Ride Review: 2017 Porsche 911

What is it like to be an icon? Many things go into being an icon. It all depends on many factors: legacy, longevity, class, style, grace, achievement, attraction, and untouchability. One cannot simply be an […]


What is Your Fantasy…Drive?

What is your fantasy? Before you answer that, consider that this question only applies to an automobile fantasy. It is about stepping out of a comfort zone and onto a different plateau. The everyday routine […]


The Lift Garage: Mending Cars and Lives

Working with people experiencing homelessness, longtime social worker Cathy Heying repeatedly saw how devastating the prohibitive cost of commercial car repair could be. As she describes, in a domino effect, people who couldn’t afford to […]


Ride Review: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

For rainbow families, there are plenty of choices to transport parents, children, their pets, and a day’s worth of grocery shopping. Of course, it would depend on how many people are being carted around and […]


Ride Review: 2017 Ford Escape

Change is always good. In any automobile, change can help improve the vehicle’s look and/or driving experience. It could be a subtle change to the front bumper or a new set of gauges. It could […]

2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD

Ride Review: 2016 Volvo XC60

There has been a lot of talk about Volvo lately. From an ebb that almost threatened the car maker’s existence, sales have turned around on the basis of new and exciting products. The XC90 SUV […]

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