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

2017 Honda Accord vs. 2017 Nissan Altima: Compare Cars
2017 Honda Accord vs. 2017 Nissan Altima: Compare Cars

While sedans are currently overshadowed by utility vehicles as family-haulers, there’s still a lot of appeal in today’s crop of affordable mid-size sedans. Among those, the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima are two of the most popular choices. How do these two models compare, head-to-head...Read More»

2017 Honda Pilot
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Honda Pilot: Compare Cars

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Pilot are two popular picks that represent the shape of today’s family wagons. Both models work well for four or more, allowing enough flexibility for restocking the pantry, fitting infant seats, cargo-carrying, or even expeditions to a weekend campsite. The...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic Si Coupe prototype, 2016 Los Angeles auto show
2017 Honda Civic vs. 2017 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Honda and Mazda are both known for the leanness and charm that they can build into their compact cars. Both brands have, for decades, excelled at not just at making good, fuel-efficient subcompact sedans (and hatchbacks) but also ones that are nimble and fun to drive. And the latest Honda Civic and...Read More»

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class (Euro-spec)
Mercedes-Benz GLC vs. Lexus NX: Compare Cars

It’s likely that the first time you saw the Lexus NX or the Mercedes-Benz GLC, you took note. And that’s saying something, as the market is flooded with compact crossover offerings nowadays. Leave it to two of the top luxury brands, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus, not just to make good with a...Read More»

2017 Mazda 3
2017 Ford Focus vs. 2017 Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Like to drive, but live on a budget? We have good news. Compact sedan and hatchback models have quickly evolved recently, shedding their staid appearance and miserly demeanor for something much more interesting—including better-trimmed interiors, and feature sets appealing for long-distance...Read More»

2017 Toyota RAV4
2017 Kia Soul vs. 2017 Toyota RAV4: Compare Cars

Crossover SUV, or tall wagon—which suits you best? Both the Toyota RAV4 and Kia Soul offer great packaging and cargo versatility. But that's about where the similarities end. They might not be two you'd typically cross-shop, but they're both great alternatives to basic sedans for...Read More»

2016 BMW 4-Series Coupe
2016 Ford Mustang vs. 2016 BMW 4-Series: Compare Cars

The Ford Mustang and BMW 4-Series don’t appear to have much in common, at least not at first glance. They go at it from opposite ends of the enthusiast landscape: The Mustang is the quintessential pony car—an American icon by almost any definition—while the BMW 4-Series is a...Read More»

2017 Ford Edge
2017 Nissan Murano vs. 2017 Ford Edge: Compare Cars

Car shoppers who decide they want a stylish, roomy mid-size utility vehicle—one that drives like a car—and they don’t need a third row, or any rugged pretense, have two solid choices in the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. And if they narrow priorities to vehicles that look conceived...Read More»

2016 Honda CR-Z
Honda CR-Z

With just two seats, the Honda CR-Z is intended to be a sporty hybrid. Accentuating its sporty intent, it has a low-slung cabin and an available manual transmission for more driver involvement in the fuel-efficient process. Competitors for the CR-Z are few and include the Hyundai Veloster, MINI...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen GTI Clubsport S
2016 Volkswagen GTI vs. 2016 Ford Focus ST: Compare Cars

The hot hatch makes tons of sense to someone with a desire for driving excitement but needs more everyday practicality than a dedicated sports car might offer. It's hard to imagine two hot hatches that better manage user-friendliness and driving engagement than the Volkswagen GTI and the Ford Focus...Read More»

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