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Blair Travers

Researcher & Writer

Blair Travers is a researcher and writer for the U.S. News Best Cars team and a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. Since he joined the team in 2016, Blair has written and edited advice content covering new and used car reviews, best car deals, financing and leasing, car insurance, and feature articles.

Prior to joining U.S. News, Blair worked in the banking and finance sector and as a small business owner after graduating magna cum laude from Salisbury University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric. 

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Blair Travers Jan. 6, 2020

2016 Subaru Outback Review

The 2016 Subaru Outback is a top performer in its class, thanks to its standard all-wheel drive, spacious cabin and... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 13, 2019

2016 Mazda CX-3 Review

The 2013 Mazda CX-3 delivers fun behind the wheel without compromising fuel efficiency, making it a top choice in its... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 13, 2019

2016 Ford C-Max Energi Review

The 2016 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid has a spacious, classy interior and sharper handling than most other hybrids... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 13, 2019

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic ranks among the best subcompact cars. It has loads of seating and cargo space, easy-to-use... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 11, 2019

2016 Nissan Murano Review

The 2016 Nissan Murano ranks in the top third of its class, thanks to its roomy, upscale cabin and intuitive... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 11, 2019

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA delivers unruffled handling, a supple ride, and lavish interior appointments. However, its... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 11, 2019

2016 Cadillac ATS Review

The 2016 Cadillac ATS sits in the middle of the luxury small car class. Its top-flight engines and perfect safety score... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 11, 2019

2016 Lincoln MKX Review

The Lincoln MKX was redesigned for 2016, elevating it to a top-third spot in our 2016 luxury midsize SUV rankings. The... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 8, 2019

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a rich interior with plenty of safety tech, as well as an engine lineup that has... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 8, 2019

2013 Audi A3 Review

The 2013 Audi A3 has engaging road manners, a smooth ride, and excellent safety scores. However, its tight rear seats... Read More »

Blair Travers Jun. 6, 2018

2013 Mazda Mazda2 Review

The 2013 Mazda2 is an entry-level hatchback that ranks in the middle of its class. Although it has spunky road manners... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 9, 2018

2013 Lexus ES Hybrid Review

The 2013 Lexus ES Hybrid ranks in the top half of the luxury midsize car class. Its good on gas, has a good reliability... Read More »

Blair Travers Mar. 8, 2018

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser Review

The 2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser ranks near the top of its class, thanks to its perfect reliability rating and outstanding... Read More »

Blair Travers Feb. 28, 2018

2015 FIAT 500L Review

The 2015 Fiat 500L sits at the bottom of our used wagon rankings. Although it has an easy-to-use infotainment system... Read More »

Blair Travers Feb. 26, 2018

2013 Buick LaCrosse Review

If youre looking for a car with an excellent reliability rating, a luxurious cabin, and refined performance, a... Read More »

Blair Travers Jan. 10, 2018

2013 Lexus RX 350 Review

With an inviting cabin, excellent reliability, and a well-equipped base model, the used 2013 Lexus RX 350 maintains a... Read More »

Blair Travers Jan. 3, 2018

2014 Subaru Impreza Review

The 2014 Subaru Impreza ranks in the top third of its class, thanks to its poised handling, accommodating interior, and... Read More »

Blair Travers Jan. 2, 2018

2014 Scion iQ Review

The 2014 Scion iQ is a cheap, fuel-efficient little car. However, it holds a low spot in our rankings due to its meager... Read More »

Blair Travers Dec. 4, 2017

2014 Scion FR-S Review

The 2014 Scion FR-S maintains one of the highest spots in our rankings, thanks to its sharp handling, well-equipped... Read More »

Blair Travers Dec. 4, 2017

2014 Scion xD Review

The 2014 Scion xD ranks well in its class, thanks to a wealth of standard features and excellent safety scores. Still... Read More »

Blair Travers Dec. 1, 2017

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Review

The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover boasts excellent on- and off-road performance, but its cramped cargo hold, fussy... Read More »

Blair Travers Dec. 1, 2017

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ranks low in its class due to a poor reliability rating, a shortage of passing power, and... Read More »

Blair Travers Nov. 14, 2017

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Despite its edgy handling and impressive high-performance trims, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer ranks poorly among compact... Read More »

Blair Travers Nov. 8, 2017

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

Although the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander offers seven seats and excellent fuel economy, it ranks toward the bottom of its... Read More »

Blair Travers Nov. 8, 2017

2014 MINI Cooper Countryman Review

The 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman ranks well in its class, boasting powerful available engines, quick handling responses... Read More »

Blair Travers Nov. 6, 2017

2014 Land Rover LR2 Review

Despite its commanding off-road ability, the four-wheel-drive 2014 Range Rover LR2 ranks at the bottom of its class... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 25, 2017

2014 Kia Rio Review

The 2014 Kia Rio ranks in the top third of its class, thanks to its perky, efficient engine and ample space for... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 25, 2017

2014 Honda CR-Z Review

The two-seat 2014 Honda CR-Z Hybrid places in the top third of our subcompact car rankings, thanks to its spacious... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 18, 2017

2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Review

The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in is a reliable fuel miser with energetic acceleration and a bevy of standard features... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 17, 2017

2014 Hyundai Veloster Review

Despite having plenty of standard features and a spry turbo-four engine, the 2014 Hyundai Veloster ranks low in its... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 13, 2017

2014 Honda Crosstour Review

The 2014 Honda Crosstour has a potent available V6 engine, plenty of cabin space, and good marks for safety and... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 13, 2017

2014 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2014 Chrysler 300 ranks midpack among large sedans. It has a potent roster of engines and a long list of standard... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 11, 2017

2014 Audi TT Review

Although the 2014 Audi TT has a high-class cabin, it ranks poorly in large part because its performance doesnt measure... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 2, 2017

2014 Dodge Dart Review

Despite its zippy handling, jazzy styling, and spacious cabin, the 2014 Dodge Dart ranks low because it trails rivals... Read More »

Blair Travers Oct. 2, 2017

2014 Chrysler 200 Review

Despite a smooth ride and a robust available V6 engine, the 200 ranks low among midsize cars due to its below-average... Read More »

Blair Travers Sep. 29, 2017

2014 Acura RLX Review

While the 2014 Acura RLX has a long list of standard features and impressive fuel economy with its hybrid powertrain... Read More »

Blair Travers Sep. 29, 2017

2014 Audi A6 Review

As long as you stay away from the base engine, the 2014 Audi A6 offers lively performance. It also has one of the most... Read More »

Blair Travers Sep. 26, 2017

2015 MINI Cooper Coupe Review

The 2015 Mini Cooper Coupe is a blast to drive especially when equipped with one of its spry available turbocharged... Read More »

Blair Travers Sep. 26, 2017

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage Review

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirages engine makes more noise than power. The car has clumsy handling, a cheaply made cabin, and... Read More »

Blair Travers Sep. 21, 2017

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review

The 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C is quick, with sharper handling than most of the cars its up against, but its cheap... Read More »

Blair Travers Sep. 8, 2017

2014 Infiniti QX70 Review

The 2014 Infiniti QX70 has a sporty flair, with athletic road manners and a driver-friendly cabin. Still, its sleek... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Infiniti QX80 Review

The 2014 Infiniti QX80 offers great drivability, plenty of power, and impressive towing capacity. Shortcomings include... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Kia Sportage Review

The 2014 Kia Sportage has better handling than most compact SUVs, but its harsh ride and below-average fuel economy do... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Toyota Avalon Review

The 2014 Toyota Avalon offers terrific reliability, a great balance of power and efficiency, and a luxury-grade... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Chevrolet Impala Review

Although the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is one of the more affordable large cars, it has a classy interior and feels nimbler... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Cadillac SRX Review

The 2014 Cadillac SRX has sporty road manners and a sumptuous cabin, but its infotainment system can be finicky and it... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Audi Q7 Review

The 2014 Audi Q7 offers a rich interior and plenty of cargo space. However, it feels big out on the road and has a... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid Review

The 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a fuel sipper, with a refined powertrain and plenty of passenger space. However, it... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

2014 BMW 3-Series Review

The 2014 BMW 3 Series has terrific power and a smooth ride with nimble handling. Inside, youll find more user-friendly... Read More »

Blair Travers Aug. 25, 2017

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