Kristen Hall-Geisler


Kristen Hall-Geisler is a freelance automotive writer living in Oregon. Her work has appeared over the past decade in The New York Times, TechCrunch, HowStuffWorks, Popular Science, and, of course, U.S. News Best Cars. In addition to learning about the safest minivans on the market and finding out what to expect from new cars like the Kia Telluride, Kristen also can help you find the cheapest auto insurance in your state

She is the author of Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self and Lightning in a Throttle: Three Early Electric Vehicle Victories.

The 12 Best City Cars in 2020

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Best Cars for Recent Graduates in 2020

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12 Best SUV Lease Deals in October 2020

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2021 Hyundai Tucson vs 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe: Worth the Upgrade?

When shopping for a new SUV, it’s common to decide on a manufacturer and then find yourself stuck between two models... Read More »

13 Best Hot Hatchbacks for 2020

Hot hatches may be on the small side, but they’re hugely popular – especially in the United Kingdom and Europe. There... Read More »

Best Four-Cylinder Cars in 2020

Many years ago, four-cylinder engines got a bad rap for being underpowered, and they were often tossed into cheap... Read More »

2020 Toyota 4Runner vs 2020 Toyota Highlander: Head to Head

It’s common when comparison shopping to find yourself in a particular pickle: one brand has two vehicles in the same... Read More »

2020 BMW X5 vs. 2020 Porsche Cayenne: Head to Head

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2020 Ford Mustang GT500: What You Need to Know

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is one of the most anticipated muscle cars of the year. It has more horsepower... Read More »

The 15 Best Road Trip Cars for 2020

Whether you’re planning on a short socially distanced drive to get out of town this summer, or looking forward to a... Read More »

Best Cars for Dogs in 2020

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2020 Subaru Forester vs. 2020 Subaru Outback: Head to Head

The Outback and Forester have been mainstays in the Subaru lineup for years – but neither feels stale, thanks to... Read More »

2020 Toyota C-HR vs. 2020 Honda HR-V: Head to Head

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16 Best Compact SUVs for Families in 2020

Compact SUVs can do just about everything a family needs. They fit easily into garages and parking spaces, they have... Read More »

13 Car Leasing Mistakes That Cost You

Leasing can be an easy, inexpensive way to get a new car in your garage. In fact, about a third of new cars hitting the... Read More »

Highest-Horsepower SUVs in 2020

SUVs are popular for their versatility. They can do school drop-offs, grocery hauls, camping weekends, and even tow the... Read More »

4 Best Minivans for the Money in 2020

In a marketplace filled with SUVs of all different sizes, the minivan is hanging in there. With their sliding doors and... Read More »

11 Best 3-Row SUVs for the Money

Most shoppers put a high priority on the cost of the vehicle, and for good reason. New cars are often the second-most... Read More »

Best Presidents Day Lease Deals Under $300

Not every workplace includes Presidents Day as a day off, so if you have the a three-day weekend, this could be a great... Read More »

Best Diesel Cars and SUVs of 2020

Diesel engines have never been as popular in the United States as they have been globally. It’s challenging to create a... Read More »

2020 Honda CR-V vs 2020 Honda HR-V: Head to Head

When you start shopping for a small SUV or crossover, you’ll find a raft of choices from just about every manufacturer... Read More »

2019 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5: Head to Head

Compact SUVs are popular for a whole lot of great reasons. They’re roomy enough for most families, while being small... Read More »

7 Best Hardtop Convertibles of 2019

When we think of convertibles , we most often picture a soft top, either cloth or vinyl, folding back to open up the... Read More »

10 Alternatives to the 2019 Kia Soul

The 2019 Kia Soul is one of the best compact cars out there. It combines the maneuverability and composed ride of a... Read More »

2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2019 Volkswagen Passat: Head to Head

The Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Jetta have both been around for ages, and both have their fans. If you’re one of... Read More »

17 Safest Midsize SUVs in 2019

There are nearly two dozen midsize SUVs on the market now. They provide the space and capabilities many families... Read More »

8 Safest Luxury Midsize SUVs for 2019

With price tags above $40,000, luxury midsize SUVs set expectations high. Shoppers want a great driving experience, a... Read More »

12 Best Midsize Cars for the Money in 2019

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15 Best Subcompact SUVs for the Money in 2019

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15 Most Expensive Pickup Trucks in 2019

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The Safest Minivans on the Market

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All-New 2020 Kia Telluride: What You Need to Know

Ten years ago, Americans couldn’t get rid of their large SUVs fast enough. In 2008, the auto industry was in crisis and... Read More »

10 Best Truck Deals for Presidents Day 2019

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Redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE: All You Need to Know

The completely redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE debuted at the Paris Auto Show in October 2018. This luxury midsize... Read More »

Redesigned 2019 Mazda3: All You Need to Know

Mazda introduced the Mazda3 in 2004, and it has been a stalwart for the brand throughout the years in both sedan and... Read More »

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth: All You Need To Know

The 2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth is the most energetic trim of the Italian sports coupe. Compared to the base 124 , it... Read More »

2019 Lexus RX L: All You Need to Know

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Pickup Trucks With the Most Luxurious Interiors in 2018

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Lexus vs. Acura: Battle of the Brands in 2017

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Nice Cars That Won’t Break the Bank

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17 Cheapest Cars With Adaptive Cruise Control in 2018

It hasn’t taken long for advanced safety technologies to move from something few people had heard of to a feature many... Read More »

10 Alternatives to a 2018 Honda CR-V

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2018 Honda CR-V vs. 2018 Subaru Outback: Head to Head

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23 Most Reliable Luxury Cars

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The Best 8-Passenger Luxury SUVs in 2018

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12 Best Labor Day SUV Deals in 2018

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