John Voelcker

John was the first Editor of Green Car Reports, run by Internet Brands Automotive Group. He served for more than nine years, starting in 2009. He reported for and edited the site, and provided news coverage and new-car reviews to sister sites The Car Connection and Motor Authority. Now, Voelcker contributes to the site while he chases rare British cars out of obscurity. John has covered advanced auto technologies and energy policy for numerous print, online, and radio outlets, including Wired, Popular Science, Tech Review, IEEE Spectrum, and HybridCars.com. In 2015, he was named one of 60 jurors for the North American Car & Truck of the Years Awards. Voelcker has driven electric and hybrid cars from almost two dozen automakers, and hundreds of other vehicles as well. He has held editorial jobs at many magazines, including This Old House, Metropolis, Psychology Today, Exposure, Mother Earth News, Budget Living, and IEEE Spectrum. John received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and splits his time between the Catskill Mountains and New York City. He still has hopes of one day becoming an international man of mystery.

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2017 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2017 Toyota Prius: Compare Cars
2017 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2017 Toyota Prius: Compare Cars

Going green has never been easier. Some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road are brand-new this year, and by our ratings, they're scoring better than ever in their lifetimes. But when it comes down to purchasing one of the big green mainstays, which one's better for you—the new...Read More»

2016 Chevrolet Cruze
2017 Chevrolet Cruze vs. 2017 Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

Despite the surging popularity of utility vehicles, today's small sedans are do-it-alls. They're practically mid-size these days, and the top entrants still sell hundreds of thousands of units a year. And each new entrant offers better safety, nicer interiors, and features that equal and sometimes...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Volt
2017 Chevrolet Volt vs. 2017 Nissan Leaf: Compare Cars

For the last five years, the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf have been the two best-selling plug-in electric cars in the U.S. This year, however, a new last year Chevy Volt faces off against a Nissan Leaf that looks identical to earlier models but offers a new and class-leading range rating of...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Malibu
2017 Chrysler 200 vs. 2017 Chevrolet Malibu: Compare Cars

The 2017 Chrysler 200 and the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu are sleek, affordable, and full of features—but which one is better for you? Both of these four-doors are targeted at the heart of the mid-size sedan market. The 200 was redesigned three years ago and 2017 may be its last model year as...Read More»

2017 Jeep Renegade
2017 Jeep Renegade vs. 2017 Chevrolet Trax: Compare Cars

Two of the highest-volume new entries in the red-hot subcomapct SUV segment are likely to be the Chevrolet Trax and the Jeep Renegade. Offered by all-American brands, they're smaller than their "compact" siblings, the Chevy Equinox and Jeep Cherokee, respectively. But they offer two very different...Read More»

2017 Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback vs. Honda CR-V: Compare Cars

With crossover SUVs among the hottest selling vehicles in this era of cheap gasoline, two of the more practical are the Subaru Outback and the Honda CR-V. The Outback is actually sold as a wagon in other markets, but here's it's fully accepted as a utility vehicle—helped by its SUV-like ride...Read More»

2017 Audi Allroad
2017 Volvo V60 vs. 2017 Audi Allroad: Compare Cars

The Volvo V60 and Audi Allroad are two examples of good crossover-SUV alternatives. Each maker offers SUVs of about the same footprint—taller, bulkier, and less fuel-efficient—but these are old-school wagons derived from sedans. The V60 is a recent addition to Volvo's line, though the...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2017 Honda Civic: Compare Cars

The classic compact car isn't so compact any more. Across the set of nameplates usually thought of as small cars—Civic, Corolla, Elantra—most of them now qualify as mid-size four-doors. Two of the newest entries not only amp up their interior space, they set new benchmarks for ride and...Read More»

2017 Honda Fit
2017 Chevrolet Sonic vs. 2017 Honda Fit: Compare Cars

The Honda Fit has been one of the highest-rated small cars at The Car Connection--but the Chevy Sonic has done very well, too. Which one should you buy? We rate the Sonic higher than the Fit, mostly because we think it's better-looking and is more interesting to drive. (Read more about how we rate...Read More»

2017 Honda Civic
2017 Honda Civic vs. 2017 Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

The Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic are two of the best-selling compact sedans in the U.S., and each nameplate has been with us for more than 40 years now. The 2017 Civic is only a year old in its current form, while the 2017 Corolla is in its fourth model year of the current generation and is...Read More»

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