Brian McHugh

Features Editor

Brian McHugh is a features editor on the U.S. News Best Cars team. He is a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and a former member of the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Brian came to the U.S. News Best Cars team as an intern in 2015. Before that he started his professional career as an intern with Car and Driver magazine. Brian was crucial in helping start the features team at U.S. News Best Cars, which is now a driving force in helping consumers find the best car-buying information. Brian graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Media & Information. 

Future Cars: The Best New Cars Arriving in 2021 and Beyond

There’s lots of talk about how SUVs have taken over the new car market. While it’s true that there are dozens of new... Read More »

Future Trucks: The Best New Pickup Trucks Arriving in 2021 and Beyond

The U.S. pickup truck market is dominated by the Ford F-150 , Ram 1500 , and Chevy Silverado , with smaller... Read More »

Future SUVs Worth Waiting for in 2021 and Beyond

In their never-ending quest to give the buyers what they want, the world’s automakers continue to crank out all-new... Read More »

Best V6 Vehicles You Can Buy in 2020

The V6 engine is somewhat of a dying breed in today’s cars. Automakers are steadily moving toward smaller four-cylinder... Read More »

14 Best 4x4 SUVs You Can Buy Now

Sometimes you just need to get off the pavement and head into the woods. If you’re someone who appreciates getting... Read More »

23 SUVs With the Highest Ground Clearance in 2019

When you purchased or leased your SUV, you were looking for something that could handle the whole family without... Read More »

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Mazda CX-5: Head to Head

The Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 are tied at the top of our competitive compact SUV rankings . These rivals both... Read More »

AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?

The automotive world is full of misinformation, old myths, and half-truths – and nowhere is that more apparent than in... Read More »

2019 Ford Escape vs. 2019 Ford Edge: Worth the Upgrade?

Ford offers a pair of very competitive two-row SUVs in the Escape and Edge. Both offer plenty of comfort and tech... Read More »

16 Cheapest 7-Passenger SUVs in 2019

When shopping for an SUV that can fit your whole family, the price of your new vehicle will probably play a large part... Read More »

Future Cars: The Best New Cars Arriving in 2020

Every November, when the auto show season starts, manufacturers begin introducing vehicles for the next model year... 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 »

8 Tips for Avoiding Flood-Damaged Cars

In the aftermath of flooding across the Midwest, the immediate concern is for the safety of the people affected and the... Read More »

2019 Ram 1500 vs. 2019 Ford F-150: Head to Head

Full-size pickup trucks make up one of the most popular segments on the market. It seems like all across America... Read More »

10 Best Luxury Cars Under $30,000

Shopping for a luxury car can be a difficult process. Not only do you have to decide whether a new or used car is right... 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 Volkswagen Golf R: All You Need to Know

If you're looking for an affordable and practical hatchback, the classic Volkswagen Golf is made just for you... Read More »

2019 Lexus RX L: All You Need to Know

The Lexus RX L, the 3-row version of the popular Lexus RX midsize crossover, was introduced for the 2018 model year... Read More »

2019 Ford Explorer vs. 2019 GMC Acadia: Head to Head

The GMC Acadia and Ford Explorer are two of the most popular SUVs in their class. The Acadia received a redesign for... Read More »

The Cheapest Electric Cars in 2018

Gas prices have risen nationally over the past year, and electric cars have already sold more models this year than in... Read More »

The Best Looking SUVs of 2018

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but in this case, the SUVs on this list are objectively good... Read More »

14 Cheapest Sports Cars of 2018

You have the need for speed, but not the budget to pay for it. Sports cars typically carry a hefty price tag, but we... Read More »

The Best Muscle Cars in 2018

Driving down the street in the modern age has become boring. All you can see on the road are cookie-cutter compact... Read More »

10 Best 4th of July Luxury Car Deals

The Fourth of July holiday falls smack in the middle of the week this year, so many of us will be taking a little extra... Read More »

All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer: What You Need to Know

Chevrolet currently offers a 2-row compact SUV in the Chevrolet Equinox and a 3-row midsize SUV in the Chevrolet... Read More »

9 Best New Cars Under $20,000 in 2018

Buying a new car can put a sizeable dent in your savings account. According to Kelley Blue Book, the average new car... Read More »

What Is Hydroplaning? (And How Can I Avoid It?)

By definition, hydroplaning is when a vehicle starts sliding uncontrollably due to the tires encountering more water... Read More »

The Best New Cars Arriving in 2019

We’re still early in 2018, but there is already excitement over what 2019 will hold for the automotive industry... Read More »

10 Best Midsize Cars for Families in 2018

Buying a family car can be daunting. You want to make sure you purchase a vehicle that you’re going to enjoy driving... Read More »

2018 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. 2018 Honda CR-V: Head to Head

The compact SUV segment holds some of the most popular vehicles currently on the market. The 2018 Honda CR-V , fresh... Read More »

Best Truck Brands for 2018

When deciding which brand of truck to buy, it can be difficult to differentiate between the strengths of one and the... Read More »

All-New 2018 Jeep Wrangler: What You Need to Know

The Jeep Wrangler has one of the most recognizable exterior designs in automotive history. You see the two (or four... Read More »

Top 10 Luxury Sports Cars: Photos and Details

Luxury sports cars are some of the most amazing vehicles in the world. They offer sumptuous interiors and... Read More »

2018 Ford Taurus SHO: What You Need to Know

At first glance, the Ford Taurus looks like your typical family sedan. It’s long, offers seating for five, has a... Read More »

2018 Audi S3 vs. 2018 Audi S4: Worth the Upgrade?

Audi makes some of the most luxurious and performance-driven vehicles in the world. When they take the performance knob... Read More »

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2017 Toyota 4Runner: Head to Head

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can tackle an off-road trail on the weekend and haul the whole family to school... Read More »

Hatchbacks With the Most Cargo Space in 2017

Hatchbacks aren’t the type of vehicle that will appeal to everyone, even though they can offer you immense cargo space... Read More »

9 Best Bargain Sports Sedans of 2018

Family sedans have been a staple of the automotive industry for almost as long as they’ve been available. However, most... Read More »

All-New 2018 BMW M5: What You Need to Know

The BMW M5 has been around for over 30 years, and each generation has been drastically improved compared to the last... Read More »

Refreshed 2018 Subaru WRX: What You Need to Know

The Subaru WRX has been the closest thing you can get to a competition rally car for a long time, and Subaru has made... Read More »

Refreshed 2018 Subaru WRX STI: What You Need to Know

One thing you can always expect from Subaru is a car that can handle itself like a pro on almost any road. The... Read More »

All-New 2018 Porsche 911 GT3: What You Need to Know

The redesigned 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 was revealed recently, giving enthusiasts everywhere an exciting glimpse into the... Read More »

The 10 Safest SUVs of 2017

Safety is the first thing many shoppers think about when buying a new car – even more so when shopping for an SUV. In... Read More »

9 Best Luxury SUVs of 2017

For a luxury SUV to reach the top of our rankings, it must have a balance of strong performance, a luxurious interior... Read More »

The Best New Cars for Less Than $20,000 in 2017

Buying a car is an expensive endeavor. However, it doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. To prove that to... Read More »

Best Sports Car Deals This 4th of July

Sports cars and warm weather go together like 4th of July and fireworks, and lucky for us, manufacturers are offering... Read More »

2017 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2017 Nissan Frontier

In the battle of the pickups, performance is king. That’s why we put the  Nissan Frontier  and  Toyota Tacoma  compact... Read More »

All-New 2018 Audi RS 5: What You Need to Know

Audi is known for making luxury vehicles that are exciting to drive, and there may be no better representation of that... Read More »

All-New Honda Civic Type R: First Look

Honda has always been known for making family-friendly, reliable vehicles. They never stray too far from their... Read More »

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee: The Essential Details, Including the Trailhawk

Jeep has always been known for producing menacing off-road vehicles that can handle any type of terrain. Recently... Read More »

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