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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Jeep Renegade vs. Kia Soul: Compare Cars
Jeep Renegade vs. Kia Soul: Compare Cars

Believe it or not, the Jeep Renegade and the Kia Soul are frequently compared by buyers seeking a small, square-ish, carry-all utility vehicle. While they're both upright five-door hatchback shapes, each has a distinct personality, and they could hardly be more different. The Renegade is Jeep's...Read More»

2017 Toyota Yaris
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage vs. 2017 Toyota Yaris: Compare Cars

The Mitsubishi Mirage and the Toyota Yaris both started life as five-door hatchbacks, but the Mirage is slightly smaller than the Yaris subcompact hatch. Each has been joined for 2017 by a companion four-door sedan model. Neither vehicle rates very high in our full-review system, but each of these...Read More»

2015 Ford Fiesta
2016 Ford Fiesta vs. 2016 Hyundai Accent: Compare Cars

Ford's Fiesta and Hyundai's Accent both fall into the subcompact category, which has often included first cars for new drivers or purchased as an extra car by drivers who simply want basic transportation--usually for no more than one person. The Fiesta and the Accent both start between $15,000 and...Read More»

2017 Volvo XC90 Excellence
Honda Pilot vs. Volvo XC90: Compare Cars

The 2017 Honda Pilot and the 2017 Volvo XC90 are both large, seven-seat family utility vehicles, though they're about as far away from traditional SUVs in refinement and design as you can get. Both were new for the 2016 model year, and the two cars are among our highest-rated crossover SUVs. Which...Read More»

2017 Kia Sorento
2017 Kia Sorento vs. 2017 Ford Edge: Compare Cars

Two very popular crossover SUVs on the road today have roots as more rugged off-road machines. Today they're among the most popular vehicles in the family-utility niche—but which one's better for you? The 2017 Kia Sorento and the 2017 Ford Edge are both five-seat, mid-size crossover SUVs. The...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Limited Edition
2016 Volkswagen Golf vs. 2016 Ford Focus: Compare Cars

For buyers who put a priority on driving enjoyment, the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus are the best-known entries among compact hatchbacks. No longer the province of staid styling and miserly demeanor, they offer well-trimmed interiors and enough features to keep even long-distance commuters happy...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2016 Dodge Dart vs. 2016 Volkswagen Jetta: Compare Cars

The Volkswagen Jetta and Dodge Dart are both compact four-door sedans that have been around for a few years. The current Jetta dates back to 2011, while the Dart was launched for 2013. Both are remarkably spacious inside for the segment, but neither competes in the mainstream occupied by the Honda...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf
Nissan Leaf vs. Volkswagen e-Golf: Compare Cars

The Nissan Leaf is by far the best-selling electric car in the world, with almost 250,000 units sold as of mid-2016. But it's only one among a handful of all-electric, five-seat small cars sold in the U.S. Other five-door compact hatchbacks include the BMW i3, the lower-volume Ford Focus Electric...Read More»

2017 Nissan Versa
Nissan Versa vs. Hyundai Accent: Compare Cars

The Nissan Versa and Hyundai Accent compete for the entry-level shopper. Each one comes in five-door hatchback and four-door body styles; four-cylinder engines with frugal economy are included in the price of entry. Neither is among our top-ranked subcompacts, but if you've narrowed down your...Read More»

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
2017 Toyota RAV4 vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport: Compare Cars

Small crossover SUVs continue to fly off dealer lots these days, supplanting mid-size sedans and larger SUVs alike thanks to their combination of a high seating position, all-weather capability, and additional cargo room. The Toyota RAV4 is one of the top sellers in its class, while the Hyundai...Read More»

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