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 Toyota Prius vs. 2017 Honda Fit: Compare Cars
2017 Toyota Prius vs. 2017 Honda Fit: Compare Cars

The Toyota Prius hybrid remains the most fuel-efficient vehicle sold in the U.S. without a plug: 52 mpg combined for this year's all-new model. Every facet of every Prius reflects the car's designers and engineers striving for maximal efficiency from every drop of fuel. But the smaller Honda Fit...Read More»

2017 Honda Fit
2017 Honda Fit vs. 2017 Hyundai Accent: Compare Cars

Both the Honda Fit and the Hyundai Accent are economy cars, but each has some distinct appeal for buyers. The question is, which one fits you best? We rate one of them higher by a wide margin, but before we divulge the winner, some basics. Both are sold as hatchbacks, but the Fit doesn't also offer...Read More»

2016 Honda HR-V
2017 Honda HR-V vs. 2017 Jeep Renegade: Compare Cars

A burgeoning number of small crossover utility vehicles is giving buyers more options than every before. Two of the most popular smaller SUVs are likely to be the Honda HR-V and the Jeep Renegade. The HR-V is a smaller sibling to the immensely popular CR-V compact crossover, while the Renegade...Read More»

2017 Mazda CX-3
2017 Honda HR-V vs. 2017 Mazda CX-3: Compare Cars

We're in the midst of a small-SUV explosion. Big-name automakers are slotting new utility vehicles at the entry position in their lineups, blending hatchback bodies with tall-wagon rooflines and SUV-style all-wheel drive. Two of the most interesting new offerings are from automakers with a...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Trax
2017 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2017 Honda HR-V: Compare Cars

We're in the midst of a small-SUV explosion, with new entry-level vehicles arriving every year from major automakers. They blend tall hatchback bodies with the all-wheel drive that qualifies them as crossover SUVs. Both the Chevrolet Trax and the Honda HR-V are recent new entries in the niche, and...Read More»

2017 Kia Soul
2017 Kia Soul vs. 2017 Honda Fit: Compare Cars

The Kia Soul and Honda Fit are both boxy small cars with remarkable interior space. The Soul is a style-first urban warrior whose attraction lies in its practicality and cheeky character. The smaller Fit sits at the top of the economy car segment, with a supremely flexible interior and combined EPA...Read More»

2017 Mazda 3
Volkswagen Golf vs. Mazda 3: Compare Cars

Among the growing plethora of compact hatchbacks, the Volkswagen Golf is the endurance champ, now more than 40 years old over seven generations. While the Mazda 3 is only on its third generation, Mazda has sold other small hatchbacks, so both are contenders of long standing on the sporty end of the...Read More»

2017 Jeep Renegade
Nissan Juke vs. Jeep Renegade: Compare Cars

Believe it or not, the Jeep Renegade and Nissan Juke are in the same category of small SUVs. But they could hardly be more different. The Renegade is Jeep's littlest SUV, with square-cut styling and genuine off-road prowess. The Juke, on the other hand, is a style-first urban warrior whose...Read More»

2016 Nissan Leaf
2017 Nissan Leaf Vs. 2017 Ford Focus Electric: Compare Cars

Nissan's Leaf and Ford's Focus Electric represent two very different answers to the same question: What should a compact hatchback electric car look like? For many years, looks took a second place to electric range, where the Leaf had a decisive advantage—but that's no longer the case for...Read More»

2017 Chevrolet Volt
2017 Ford C-Max Energi vs. 2017 Chevrolet Volt: Compare Cars

The Chevrolet Volt and the Ford C-Max Energi are both compact plug-in hybrid hatchbacks. Each is powered by a combination of electricity from the grid, used to charge an on-board battery pack, and a 4-cylinder engine. But the two are very different vehicles in shape, accommodations, and driving...Read More»

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