Escape The Room…Embrace The Genesis: 2017 Hyundai Genesis G-90


– By Melanie Droz Shawcroft In order to celebrate summer birthdays this year, my girlfriends and I signed up for the 1980s-themed Escape the Room. Although the majority of us were born in the ’80s, we barely made it out in the 60 minutes allotted. Something we did not want to escape during our ladies’ Saturday […]

Hit of the Party: 2017 Dodge Durango R/T RWD


– By Melanie Droz Shawcroft My oldest son just turned six, and this year marks his final overindulgent, overcrowded and over budget birthday bash. From now on, I will take five friends on an understated adventure. One thing that was definitely not over embellished at the party was the 2017 Dodge Durango we were able to […]

Honesty, Excellence, Respect — Lexus: 2017 Lexus ES300h


By Cathy Droz – In today’s environment and across the various generations, a key to any successful enterprise is delivering on their philosophy and values, regarding their customers’ experience. The following information compares two diverse organizations, but with similar approaches to that experience. There is nothing like test driving a Lexus; I haven’t driven one […]

Let’s Focus For-d A Minute: 2016 Ford Focus RS Hatchback


– By Julia Droz Serafine  While glancing at this vehicle, I was a bit skeptical. Back in the day, the Ford Focus was considered a just plain vanilla or “regular” car. There was nothing special about it except the fact that my hospitality job at the hotel would cover the low payments. It was simple […]

Good Things Come In Small Packages: 2016 FIAT 500 Arbath Cabrio


– By Julia Droz Serafine  When I think of the word “adorable,” I normally think of a baby or puppy. Never would I describe a car as adorable, until I saw the 2016 FIAT 500 Arbath and it literally made me yell aloud “I want that!” First of all, I absolutely adore the FIAT brand […]

Baby Giant In The Highlander: 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited PLT


– By Melanie Droz Shawcroft There is a unique stress that comes with having a second child, especially when it is five years after your first son was born. Add to that, the doctor keeps telling you this is going to be a big baby (close to 10 pounds) so let’s schedule your induction. Luckily, during […]

The “ALTIMAte” CEO & The 2016 Altima 2.5 SL


– By Cathy Droz & Melanie Droz Shawcroft I often wonder when reviewing a vehicle who makes all the decisions other than designers, marketing and engineering? Who is the CEO of the company?  Why were they chosen?  You hear a lot about Mary Barra and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally, but what about some of the other […]

2016 Toyota Avalon: Is It A City Or A Car?


– By Cathy Droz  The name Avalon was not familiar to me until I moved to the West coast and had a chance to visit beautiful Catalina Island. As you arrive into Avalon Harbor, via high-speed passenger boat, you are immediately impressed with the picturesque setting including lush trees and endless mountains. I wanted to know […]

It’s All About The Journey: 2016 Dodge Journey Crossroad Plus AWD


By Melanie Droz Shawcraft – My 4-year-old son graduated from preschool a few weeks ago, and I still cannot believe I now have a kindergartener. He is just beginning his journey; all he really needs to know, he is going to learn in this next year. The 2016 Dodge Journey shares some of the same experience […]