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Brian McHugh

Web Producer

Brian McHugh is a web producer 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. 

23 SUVs With the Highest Ground Clearance

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

Brian McHugh Sep. 27, 2019

14 Best 4x4 SUVs in 2019

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

Brian McHugh Aug. 23, 2019

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 have... Read More »

Nate Parsons and Brian McHugh Aug. 23, 2019

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 »

Brian McHugh and T. Arthur Corcoran Aug. 23, 2019

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 »

George Kennedy and Brian McHugh Jul. 9, 2019

Future Trucks 2020: The Best New Pickup Trucks Arriving in the Next Year

If you’ve been keeping up with us, you’ve already seen the newest cars and SUVs that are coming out in 2020. Now it’s... Read More »

Brian McHugh Jun. 26, 2019

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 »

Brian McHugh Jun. 21, 2019

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 »

Brian McHugh Jun. 21, 2019

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 »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Brian McHugh Jun. 4, 2019

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 »

John M. Vincent and Brian McHugh May. 8, 2019

35 Future SUVs Worth Waiting for in 2020

As we get further into 2019, car manufacturers are starting to show off the latest all-new and redesigned SUVs they... Read More »

Brian McHugh Apr. 30, 2019

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 people... Read More »

Nate Parsons and Brian McHugh Feb. 22, 2019

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 »

Brian McHugh Jan. 17, 2019

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 »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Brian McHugh Jan. 4, 2019

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. Stepping... Read More »

Cherise Threewitt and Brian McHugh Jan. 4, 2019

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 »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Brian McHugh Jan. 4, 2019

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 »

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull and Brian McHugh Dec. 19, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Nov. 28, 2018

11 Best Black Friday Luxury Car Deals in 2018

If the insanity of rushing into stores with hundreds of people doesn’t appeal to you, then you’re like us. Why rush... Read More »

Brian McHugh Nov. 9, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Oct. 24, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Oct. 12, 2018

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 and... Read More »

Brian McHugh Aug. 16, 2018

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 »

Kristen Hall-Geisler and Brian McHugh Jul. 3, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Jun. 29, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh May. 31, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh May. 31, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Apr. 12, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Apr. 3, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Mar. 1, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Jan. 18, 2018

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 »

Brian McHugh Dec. 15, 2017

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 breath-taking... Read More »

Brian McHugh Dec. 15, 2017

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 smooth... Read More »

Brian McHugh Dec. 1, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Oct. 27, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Oct. 25, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Oct. 4, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Sep. 27, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Sep. 15, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Sep. 13, 2017

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 Subaru... Read More »

Brian McHugh Aug. 29, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Jul. 28, 2017

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 »

George Kennedy and Brian McHugh Jun. 23, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh and Jaclyn Trop Jun. 21, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh and Karen L. Allanach Jun. 20, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Jun. 13, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh and Jaclyn Trop May. 26, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Apr. 24, 2017

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 »

Brian McHugh Nov. 10, 2016

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 »

Brian McHugh Nov. 3, 2016

What Do Baseball Stars Drive?

The MLB Postseason is underway, with the Cubs looking to break the curse of the Billy Goat, the Indians looking to win... Read More »

Matt Rand and Brian McHugh Oct. 6, 2016

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