Carter MacLeod

Senior Editor

Carter MacLeod is the senior editor in charge of features for the U.S. News Best Cars team. He takes a data-oriented approach to covering cars for in-market shoppers. If you want to know the best cars for tall people or the easiest cars to parallel park, his team will find you the information you need. They also offer buying advice and cover new car debuts and head-to-heads.

Carter started as an automotive journalist at Car and Driver and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He currently serves as vice president of the Washington Automotive Press Association

You can see what Carter’s driving on Instagram and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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