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 […]

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 […]

CarCorner Review: The Guy Magnet Car – 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C


By Cathy Droz – We’ve all heard the term “Girl Magnet” right?  It might be in reference to guys who drive their red Corvette or Ferrari at high speeds when passing a group of women… maybe it’s the guy who flashes his bank roll at the bar or talks about his boat in Newport Beach […]

CarCorner Review: Super – Hero – Status…2015 Lexus NX 200t


By Cathy Droz – Have you noticed lately that we seem to be inundated with Superheroes? They seem to come from every angle including comics, movies, television – and have you ever been to Comic-Con? They generate millions of dollars for movie producers, toy makers and event planners. More importantly, they give each generation of […]

CarCorner Review: A Day Out With The Outlander – 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport


By Melanie Droz Shawcroft – When you have a three-year-old and your husband has been at Army basic training for nearly four months, relaxing, independent days are few and far between.  So when I finally had a day off work but was still able to drop Berrett off at school, I quickly decided that I, along […]

CarCorner Review: Disneyland In 48 Hours – 2015 Infiniti QX70 RWD


By Cathy Droz – When you are still working, and most of your friends are retired, you seize every opportunity you can to take long weekend trips or quick visits to friends, family and especially time with grandchildren. My middle daughter Julia, her husband and three little girls, (five, four and 15 months) live in […]