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The Birthday Jeep

Tweet 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 – All Photos by Randy Stern In my 50-plus years of life, I don’t recall ever getting a Jeep for my birthday. Not that I ever had one. Nor do I recall getting … Continue reading

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Which Half-Ton Pickup is The Best?

Tweet All Photos by Randy Stern There are currently six full-sized half-ton pickups to choose from in the U.S.A. I know, big deal! However, please understand why this topic is important. By volume, the pickup truck is the backbone of … Continue reading

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Iced Mango with Fog on Top

Tweet 2017 Dodge Charger SXT Plus AWD – All Photos by Randy Stern If you have been a reader of Victory & Reseda before it was called “Victory & Reseda,” then you already know that I have a soft spot … Continue reading

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V&R Stories: The Last Ride of The Taurus

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Twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to drive my first Ford Taurus. It came as I rented the car for the weekend as I had tickets for a San Diego Chargers game down at Jack Murphy (now Qualcomm) Stadium and my employer’s holiday party. It was a daunting task to drive from Reseda to San Diego and back in time for the party in Woodland Hills, but I was up for a challenge. Besides, this would be the first time I would drive between two major cities.

After piling up the miles on that first trip, I was impressed with Ford’s breakthrough family sedan. Impress enough to welcome it again a couple of months later when I had to drive up to the Bay Area to retrieve some items from my late father’s estate. For the amount of travel I have done between both Northern and Southern California, a Taurus helped me achieve my first ever trip between the two areas from behind the wheel. Interstate 5 through the Central Valley can be a lonely highway, but that 1987 Taurus GL was a true traveling companion.

During these past two decades, the Ford Taurus became the car that was my ticket to adventure. I never owned a Taurus to get the full experience of the car, but I had driven more of my share of them to rack up some wonderful times behind the wheel. With the exception of the SHO, I may have driven every version of one of the best products Ford created.

The “jellybean” shape struck a chord with consumers looking for a family sedan that stood and performed admirably. On December 26, 1985, the Taurus, along with its twin the Mercury Sable, arrived at dealerships to a hungry public. In turn, they had one of the best new car introductions in Ford history selling as many Tauruses as they did in the first year of the Mustang in 1964. Continue reading

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Starting The New Year “Sweet”

Tweet 2017 Lexus CT 200h F Sport – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Lexus CT 200h F Sport How do you end one year and start a new one? In my world, … Continue reading

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Small, Stylish and Safe…and More

Tweet 2017 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Mazda CX-3 Remember when the subcompact SUV was just a pipe dream? We always had them. The Suzuki Samurai … Continue reading

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Cold as a Six-Pot Passat

Tweet 2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat If one car made a huge impression on me in 2016 – it was the Volkswagen Passat. … Continue reading

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Rogue (Plus) One

Tweet 2017 Nissan Rogue SV AWD – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Nissan Rogue Yes, I will admit I went a bit overboard on talking about the Nissan-Lucasfilm-Disney-Star Wars marketing tie-up in … Continue reading

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A Wagon Everyone is Thankful For

Tweet 2017 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Subaru Outback Let’s talk about stereotypes for the moment. When you see the vehicle featured in this article, what does … Continue reading

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The Year of The Pathfinder

Tweet 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum 4WD – All Photos by Randy Stern A Victory & Reseda review of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Nissan has declared 2017 as their “Year of The Truck.” It is with plenty of fanfare to help … Continue reading

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