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

GMC Yukon vs. Lincoln Navigator: Compare Cars
GMC Yukon vs. Lincoln Navigator: Compare Cars

Both among just a few full-size, body-on-frame SUVs on the market, the GMC Yukon and Lincoln Navigator are uniquely American—and American-sized. They’re quite luxurious, too. Although Lincoln’s traditional luxury rival is Cadillac, with the ascension of the Cadillac Escalade as a...Read More»

2017 Toyota Highlander
2016 Mazda CX-9 vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander: Compare Cars

While shopping for a three-row, seven-seat crossover or SUV, you're likely to include one of the best-sellers in that group: the Toyota Highlander. But it's also worth considering another model offering a relatively sporty driving experience: the Mazda CX-9. We like them both, but for very...Read More»

2016 Toyota 4Runner
2017 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2017 Jeep Wrangler: Compare Cars

The Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Wrangler are relics of another era—or you might simply want to call them survivors. They stand as rugged counterpoints to the high-riding, high-roof, ubiquitous all-wheel-drive passenger cars that are now commonly termed crossover utility vehicles. And for the most...Read More»

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. 2017 Ford Explorer: Compare Cars

The Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee are two models that busy households are likely to consider as their core family vehicle. Both of these models have quite the nameplate recognition in the U.S.; and both have a heritage built allusions to a rugged lifestyle. Today these two deliver that to...Read More»

2017 Ford Fusion Sport
2017 Nissan Altima vs. 2017 Ford Fusion: Compare Cars

Do you mainly want a roomy four-door sedan with good comfort and plenty of features for the money? Or are you willing to pay a little extra for a sedan that’s sporty and distinctive, has a hybrid badge, or is especially tech-focused? While there are plenty of choices other than the Nissan...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz S550e Plug-In Hybrid
2017 BMW 7-Series vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Compare Cars

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series are large sedans that serve as the flagship models of their respective brands. Both of these sedans have typically been among the first in the world to offer advanced technology, comfort, and active-safety features, as well advanced engineering and...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport (C-Class)
2016 BMW 3-Series vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Compare Cars

The BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have something in common--a badge that's among the most respected in the car world. But which one's a better car to buy and drive? That's a tough question to answer, since both models are available in different body styles, with different powertrains, and...Read More»

2013 Land Rover LR4 4WD 4-door Side Exterior View
Land Rover LR4

The Land Rover LR4 was a traditional SUV that blended sport-ute capability in off-road situations with seating for five or even seven passengers. Like other Land Rovers, it was also quite comfortable and capable on pavement, too. The LR4 competed with other luxury sport utility vehicles such as the...Read More»

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Base w/Black Seats Angular Front Exterior View
Hyundai Genesis Coupe

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a two-door, 2+2 sports coupe that gave Hyundai its first true sporty car when it was added to the South Korean automaker's lineup. The 2+2 Genesis Coupe shares its name and some components with the first-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan, but the two are very different...Read More»

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima

The 2016 Kia Optima arrives to a very different mid-size sedan market than what existed five years ago. That’s when the 2011 Optima appeared on the market, truly putting Kia on the map with American mid-size sedan shoppers. That was a time when several top-selling models in the...Read More»

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