Bengt Halvorson, Senior Editor

Bengt is the Editor of Green Car Reports and is Internet Brands Automotive Group’s Senior Editor specializing in green vehicle coverage. He has been reporting on cars and the auto industry for more than 20 years, and efficiency concerns, policy, and electric-car enthusiasm from Portland for nearly as long. Bengt has written for many news, technology, and lifestyle outlets, consulted on powertrain tech, tracked collector-car prices, led panels about electric vehicles, and won awards for his coverage of consumer affairs. He holds degrees in Applied Physics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and was, earlier in his career, a writer at the UK publication Autocar and an editor at Automobile Magazine. Bengt was most recently the environmental editor for Car and Driver, where he helped to nudge the gearhead/enthusiast publication toward greater EV awareness. Prior to that he was a part of this group’s predecessor, High Gear Media (and also of Green Car Reports’ inception). Bengt also serves as a juror for the North American Car and Truck of the Year accolades.

Articles

2015 BMW X3
2015 BMW X3

The BMW X3 has styling that's smart and suave; a versatile layout; responsive road performance; and impressive fuel efficiency. It's one of the best picks among compact luxury crossover SUVs. The 2015 X3 might not have the heady enthusiast reputation of the esteemed 3-Series sport...Read More»

2014 BMW X3
2014 BMW X3

With rather impressive gas mileage and on-road handling, the 2014 BMW X3 hits the right niche for the German automaker. It pleases the image-conscious like the related 3-Series does, but offers up better passenger space. Even though this luxury niche has grown crowded, the X3 remains...Read More»

2013 BMW X3 AWD 4-door 28i Angular Front Exterior View
2013 BMW X3

BMW's 3-Series is widely thought of by enthusiasts (and us) as being one of the best compact sport sedans in the world; which makes it all the more surprising that, until the introduction of the current X3, for 2011, BMW hadn't yet found its compact-crossover mojo with the X3. While the...Read More»

2016 Acura ILX A-Spec
2017 Acura ILX vs. 2017 Audi A3: Compare Cars

As the luxury market grows, driving a car with a luxury badge has become as much a way of affirming you're on a path toward affluence and success as it is one that you’ve arrived. So it’s no surprise that most of the established luxury brands have extended their reach downward, to cars...Read More»

2017 Kia Optima
Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia Optima: Compare Cars

In today’s fiercely competitive market for mid-size sedans, shoppers are just as likely to consider the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima as longer-established nameplates like Accord, Camry, or Malibu. That’s no surprise; these two models both earned their place in the top tier fair and...Read More»

2017 Subaru WRX STI
2017 Subaru WRX vs. 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG: Compare Cars

Practicality and a storied performance pedigree don't often go together; but the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Subaru WRX are two models that offer an impressive amount of both. Yet how these two cars get there is very different. The two aren't so much sport sedans as four-door performance cars...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Colorado
2017 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2017 Toyota Tacoma: Compare Trucks

If you want a pickup that’s more manageable and maneuverable—and perhaps more fuel-efficient—than a full-size truck, the market is gradually coming back to life after years of stagnation. And the recently redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are both prime examples of...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Equinox
2017 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2017 GMC Terrain: Compare Cars

Chevrolet took its time to build a compact crossover SUV—but when it did the Equinox became a hit, thanks to generous proportions and a nifty sliding second-row seat. It even spawned a GMC edition, the boxy and rugged-looking Terrain. Between those two GM utility vehicles, which one's better...Read More»

2017 Toyota RAV4
2017 Toyota RAV4 vs. 2017 Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

If you need a vehicle that can tackle all the family business, yet be good on gas, fit easily in parking sports, and not cost too much, a compact crossover SUV usually ends up as the best choice. Among those, the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 are two of the more popular entries on the market. Which is...Read More»

2018 Audi Q5
2018 Audi Q5 vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class: Compare Cars

The Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class are two luxury utility vehicles that seem perfectly sized and designed for couples or smaller families. Both measure around 183 inches long, with mid-size cabins and offer a range of powertrain choices and luxury upgrades. With no effort lost to rugged...Read More»

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