Staff Member: Nick Schonberger
"As a teenager, I drove a number of family cars-an Oldsmobile Bravada and a Dodge Caravan. Entering graduate school in 2003, I got the first car that was indeed mine, a Honda CR-V. Its most notable feature was a stereo with both a cassette tape and CD deck. This was an important factor in my decision to like the car.
At the time, CUVs were considered kind of wimpy. Today, these little SUV-type rides are a rising market segment. Who was setting trends? Probably not me. The worst thing that happened to the car was in 2009, when I realized that I'd not updated the tags in 2 years and saw the car towed to a frightening junk yard in Northeast Philly. I paid the fine and paid for another tow truck to come and remove the car. It was a major fail in automotive ownership. I sold the CR-V in 2012 after 115k driven."