Cody Trotter

Researcher & Writer

Cody Trotter is a researcher and writer for the U.S. News Best Cars team. Since joining the team in 2015, Cody has written hundreds of new and used car reviews. He is a member of the International Motor Press Association and the New England Motor Press Association.

Prior to joining U.S. News, Cody worked primarily as a technical writer and did some sportswriting. Cody earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech

You can connect with Cody on LinkedIn.

2020 Kia Niro Review

The 2020 Kia Niro earns a spot in the bottom half of our hybrid and electric SUV rankings. The Niro is fuel-efficient... Read More »

2020 Lexus NX Review

The 2020 Lexus NX 300 finishes in the middle of our luxury compact SUV rankings. This small crossover has an excellent... Read More »

2020 Audi Q5 Review

The 2020 Audi Q5 finishes in the top third of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It delivers engaging performance and has... Read More »

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado finishes in the middle of our compact pickup truck rankings. It has a great towing capacity... Read More »

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado places near the bottom of our compact pickup truck rankings. The Colorado has a lot to... Read More »

2020 Audi A5 Review

The 2020 Audi A5 finishes near the top of our luxury small car rankings. With powerful engines, a comfortable ride, and... Read More »

2020 Nissan Frontier Review

The 2020 Nissan Frontier finishes near the bottom of our compact pickup truck rankings. It has a solid powertrain, a... Read More »

2020 Honda Ridgeline Review

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline clocks in near the top of our compact pickup truck rankings. The Ridgeline is comfortable... Read More »

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class Review

The redesigned 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA is easy to drive, with a comfortable ride and a spacious interior. It isn't the... Read More »

2020 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2020 Lexus RX Hybrid finishes in the top half of our luxury hybrid and electric SUV rankings. Its comfortable... Read More »

2020 Audi A6 Review

The 2020 Audi A6 finishes in the middle of our competitive luxury midsize car rankings. It delivers a nice blend of... Read More »

2020 Lexus LX Review

The 2020 Lexus LX 570 doesn't stand out among luxury large SUVs. It's a capable off-roader, but in most other respects... Read More »

2020 Kia Soul Review

The fully redesigned 2020 Kia Soul ranks near at the top of the subcompact SUV class. It's spacious and comfortable... Read More »

2021 Subaru Forester Review

The 2021 Subaru Forester finishes in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. It's spacious and comfortable, but its... Read More »

2020 Lexus UX Review

The 2020 Lexus UX places in the bottom half of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It offers a comfortable ride and... Read More »

2021 Dodge Charger Review

The 2021 Dodge Charger finishes near the bottom of our large car rankings. It offers an array of powerful engines and a... Read More »

2020 Toyota Sequoia Review

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia finishes near the bottom of our large SUV rankings. This is a spacious SUV with lots of room... Read More »

2020 Subaru Crosstrek Review

The 2020 Subaru Crosstrek places in the top half of our subcompact SUV rankings. It has a nice interior and a... Read More »

2020 Dodge Challenger Review

The 2020 Dodge Challenger finishes in the top half of our sports car rankings. It offers several extremely powerful... Read More »

2020 Mazda CX-5 Review

The 2020 Mazda CX-5 earns a spot near the top of our compact SUV rankings. It's agile and fuel-efficient, with one of... Read More »

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Review

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC lands in the top third of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It delivers on almost every... Read More »

2020 BMW X3 Review

The 2020 BMW X3 sits near the top of our luxury compact SUV rankings. This BMW is fun to drive and features a roomy... Read More »

2020 Ford F-150 Review

The 2020 Ford F-150 sits near the top of our full-size pickup truck rankings. This truck is the total package: It is... Read More »

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

The 2020 GMC Sierra finishes in the middle of our full-size truck rankings. It's powerful, composed, and comfortable... Read More »

2020 Ford Escape Review

The redesigned 2020 Ford Escape finishes in the top third of our compact SUV rankings. It has a great predicted... Read More »

2021 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2021 Volvo XC60 finishes in the top half of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It's stylish and comfortable, though... Read More »

2021 GMC Canyon Review

The 2021 GMC Canyon ranks in the bottom half of the compact pickup truck class. While it's capable and has... Read More »

2020 Volvo XC60 Review

The 2020 Volvo XC60 finishes near the top of our luxury compact SUV rankings. It has a great safety score and one of... Read More »

2020 Ford Ranger Review

The 2020 Ford Ranger holds its own in our compact pickup truck rankings. It has just about everything you could want... Read More »

2020 Volkswagen GTI Review

The 2020 Volkswagen GTI claims one of the top spots in our compact car rankings. This is one of the most well-rounded... Read More »

2021 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2021 Jeep Wrangler finishes in the bottom third of our compact SUV rankings. While it's an outstanding off-roader... Read More »

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe finishes near the top of our midsize SUV rankings. It has a comfortable interior, plenty of... Read More »

2021 MINI Cooper Review

The 2021 Mini Cooper finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It's stylish and athletic, with a high... Read More »

2020 Toyota Sienna Review

The 2020 Toyota Sienna ranks midpack among minivans. It has a spacious cabin and a smooth ride, but it feels less... Read More »

2020 Jeep Cherokee Review

The 2020 Jeep Cherokee places in the bottom half of our compact SUV rankings. The Cherokee is a terrific off-roader... Read More »

2021 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Traverse finishes in the top half of our midsize SUV rankings. It's not the most athletic vehicle in... Read More »

2020 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse sits in the top half of our midsize SUV rankings. It has three rows of roomy seats and... Read More »

2021 Hyundai Sonata Review

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata finishes in the top half of our midsize car rankings. It has an upscale interior with spacious... Read More »

2020 Lexus ES Hybrid Review

The 2020 Lexus ES Hybrid earns a good overall score and holds its own in our luxury hybrid and electric car rankings... Read More »

2020 Subaru Legacy Review

The redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy finishes in the middle of our midsize car rankings. It has an upscale cabin with no... Read More »

2021 Toyota Tundra Review

The 2021 Toyota Tundra finishes near the bottom of our full-size truck rankings. It trails rivals in most areas... Read More »

2020 GMC Acadia Review

The 2020 GMC Acadia sits in the bottom third of our midsize SUV rankings. It's comfortable, and it offers some nice... Read More »

2020 Honda Pilot Review

The 2020 Honda Pilot finishes in the top half of our midsize SUV rankings. It's a capable, comfortable SUV, but the... Read More »

2020 Hyundai Accent Review

The 2020 Hyundai Accent finishes in the middle of our subcompact car rankings. It's a fine small car, but several... Read More »

2020 BMW 5-Series Review

The 2020 BMW 5 Series claims one of the top spots in our luxury midsize car rankings. This sedan has everything you... Read More »

2020 Toyota Prius Review

The 2020 Toyota Prius finishes in the middle of our hybrid and electric car rankings. It gets outstanding gas mileage... Read More »

2020 Ford Fusion Review

The 2020 Ford Fusion places in the middle of our midsize car rankings. It delivers solid performance and has a spacious... Read More »

2021 Hyundai Kona Review

The 2021 Hyundai Kona comes in near the top of our subcompact SUV rankings. This crossover has composed handling, a... Read More »

2020 Chevrolet Camaro Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro finishes in the middle of our sports car rankings. It's thrilling to drive, but its interior... Read More »

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Review

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of our lowest-rated compact SUVs. This crossover trails the competition in almost... Read More »

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