Randy Stern

Randy is a versatile freelancer with a resume of experiences related to blogging and automotive writing. His first published piece of automotive writing dates back to 2001 when commenting on subcultural stereotypes of auto ownership. Since then, his work has appeared on CarSoup.com’s Buyers Guide, Lavender Magazine in Minneapolis – St. Paul and on his own site – Victory & Reseda. You can find Randy trolling car meets in Minnesota and Wisconsin from Spring to Fall or covering auto shows and other related events professionally. He is a proud member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association.

2015 GMC Yukon SLT

  2015 GMC Yukon SLT Review by Randy Stern It is true what they said about General Motors’ large SUVs – they are indeed large and in charge. They remain very popular with families who need a true three-row vehicle with excellent cargo space without resorting to a minivan. If you go anywhere, you will find at least a few at any shopping center, big box retailer, school parking lot,...[Read More]

2015 Lexus ES 350

  2015 Lexus ES 350 Review by Randy Stern Let’s call this the “Marcia Syndrome.” If you were a fan of “The Brady Bunch,” you will understand where I am going with this. The middle sister, Jan, would always be jealous of Marcia, the eldest, because of all of the things she would get away with. In frustration, Jan would bellow “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” ...[Read More]

2015 Hyundai Genesis HTrac

  2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8 HTrac Review by Randy Stern In the beginning…there was just the Excel. For almost three decades, Hyundai had its ups and downs. Yet, rising from its depths by 1998 was a determination to improve products and back each one with one of the longest automobile warranty programs in the U.S.A. Since then, the lineup has expanded to play in most segments availa...[Read More]

2014 Lexus CT 200h

  2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport Review by Randy Stern When you think “hybrid,” one does not necessarily think “fun.” That notion changed in 2011 with the introduction of the Lexus CT 200h. Smaller than the Toyota Prius, the CT is a compact hatchback with international flair, yet with the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive – Lexus Hybrid Drive, in this case. The result is a hybrid with proper driving dy...[Read More]

2014 Maserati Ghibli Q4

2014 Maserati Ghibli Q4 Review by Randy Stern In the mid-sized luxury sedan game, you have to bring your best. Maserati did. They call it the Ghibli – a name from the past that resonates with fans of the Trident badge. Now, it is positioned in a tough segment where the consumer demands are amongst the highest in the marketplace. Sedans in this class must be distinctive in every way – inside and ou...[Read More]

2015 Chrysler 200

  2015 Chrysler 200 Limited Review by Randy Stern The game has changed. Or, has it? The past Super Bowl gave Chrysler another banner to fly. This one, spoken by Bob Dylan, ensured us that “Imported from Detroit” has transformed into truth. The Sterling Heights-made 2015 Chrysler 200 was presented as Southeastern Michigan’s weapon into the biggest battle in North America – the Mid-size sedan s...[Read More]

2015 Porsche Macan

   2015 Porsche Macan S Review by Randy Stern By now, we should expect a high level of excellence in everything Porsche sets out to do. It is a given that a 911, Boxster and Cayman are great sports cars in their own right. However, we would be equally bowed over by the Cayenne and the Panamera. While they are different than what they are traditionally supposed to build, Porsche has no qualms ...[Read More]

2015 Ford Transit

  2015 Ford Transit Van Review by Randy Stern The full-sized van is alive and well in the U.S.A. No one does a better job of selling the full-sized van than Ford. The E-Series is the best-selling vehicle in its class for the past 30 years. With a basic design that dates back to 1992, it was time for a change. Enter the new 2015 Ford Transit. Ford took the opportunity to create one full-sized ...[Read More]

2014 Dodge Dart

  2014 Dodge Dart GT Review by Randy Stern Many significant new models made its appearance over the past 2-3 years. None of which had the significance of shouldering the fortunes of two companies now tied together with a single focus. It also plays in one of the most significant segments in our market – the compact car class. The Dodge Dart was the first offspring of Sergio Marchionne’s five-...[Read More]

2014 Cadillac CTS

  2014 Cadillac CTS VSport Twin Turbo V6 Review by Randy Stern It seems that everyone is talking about the newest Cadillac CTS lately. The mid-sized luxury sedan already garnered its share of accolades, including Motor Trend’s Car of The Year. Sales of the new CTS sedan are up steadily in response to the new model. The best indicator that the CTS is a winner is how people simply stop and star...[Read More]

Jeep Cherokee Latitude

  2014 Jeep Cherokee Latitude Review by Randy Stern Has Jeep lost its soul? This was the question upon the introduction of the Compass crossover (and its Patriot companion) back in 2006. The idea of a compact crossover with Jeep overtones threw everyone in a tizzy. That was until it was face lifted for 2011 – giving it a Grand Cherokee look and adding some needed “Trail Rated” components. Did...[Read More]

2015 Dodge Challenger

2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Review by Randy Stern The Dodge Challenger is a legend. It is a car that melds the past, the present and the future in one high performance coupe. They remind us of an era where horsepower mattered – an era that has returned with a vengeance. As legends go, there is a story. I did not expect to review this car for probably another several months. I figured that ...[Read More]