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.


2017 Audi Q3
2017 Audi Q3

The 2017 Audi Q3 is the German luxury brand's smallest utility vehicle, and one of a new breed of compact crossover SUV that keeps to mere subcompact-car parking space. As U.S. drivers trade in their sedans for crossovers, it's a niche that's rapidly expanding—now including the...Read More»

2015 Audi A5
2017 Audi S5

As the sportier companion to Audi's A5 coupe and convertible, the S5 is closely related to the outgoing generation (last year's version) of the S4 sport sedan. For 2017, the Audi S5 lineup continues unchanged; a completely redesigned model is due next year. Compared to the A5, the S5...Read More»

2017 Audi Q7
2017 Audi Q7

Most models with a third row really put a damper on most kinds of driving enjoyment, whether that be zigzagging through tightly mountain-road esses, or just maneuvering through the parking lot of your local supermarket. The 2017 Audi Q7 is the rare exception to that. As the new...Read More»

2017 Acura RDX
2017 Acura RDX

Acura may be the underdog today in luxury sedans, yet it's giving shoppers exactly what they want with the 2017 Acura RDX and the larger MDX. That includes strong powertrains, quiet cabins, and impressive safety—as well as just the right amount of versatility and practicality to...Read More»

2016 Volvo XC70 Side Exterior View
Volvo XC70

The Volvo XC70 is not quite a crossover vehicle—it's more a station wagon with light cladding and all-weather ability, plus a little extra ground clearance. The XC70 is Volvo's latest take on the luxury wagons that have been a part of the Swedish automaker's lineup for decades. Because of the...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Eos 2-door Convertible Komfort Side Exterior View
Volkswagen Eos

The Volkswagen Eos is the automaker's outgoing hardtop convertible. The Eos offers 2+2 seating in a vehicle halfway between a compact and mid-size car, and its lines flirt with the edge of the luxury market. The Eos is a unique model in the Volkswagen lineup—its folding hardtop that collapses...Read More»

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»

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