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Courtney Jones

Researcher & Writer

Courtney Jones has been a researcher and writer for the U.S. News Best Cars team since 2013.

With comprehensive experience analyzing, researching, and comparing cars, trucks, and SUVs, Courtney provides car-buying advice for a variety of lifestyles and needs. She specializes in helping used-car shoppers find the best vehicle for their money. Courtney is a member of the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Prior to joining U.S. News, Courtney wrote for New Jersey Life magazine, providing consumer and product advice to readers. Courtney earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Seton Hall University

2020 Kia Forte Review

The 2020 Kia Forte has plenty of standard features, ample trunk space, good fuel economy, and a great predicted... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 22, 2020

2020 Hyundai Kona Review

The 2020 Hyundai Kona boasts balanced driving dynamics, a strong turbocharged engine option, and a lovely cabin with a... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 22, 2020

2020 Honda Odyssey Review

The 2020 Honda Odyssey ranks near the top of the minivan class thanks to its sophisticated cabin, overall spaciousness... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 22, 2020

2020 Audi A3 Review

The 2020 Audi A3 ranks in the middle of our luxury small car rankings. It has a well-equipped cabin and a range of... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 21, 2020

2020 GMC Yukon Review

The 2020 GMC Yukon places near the bottom of our large SUV rankings. It boasts a comfortable and well-equipped cabin... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 17, 2020

2020 Audi Q3 Review

The 2020 Audi Q3 earns a spot near the top of our luxury subcompact SUV rankings thanks to its chic cabin, enjoyable... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 16, 2020

2020 Jaguar F-Pace Review

The 2020 Jaguar F-Pace sports athletic handling, a range of potent engines, and more passenger space than most rivals... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 16, 2020

2020 Jaguar I-Pace Review

The 2020 Jaguar I-Pace delivers vigorous acceleration, sharp handling, and a cushioned ride. Add an impressive 234-mile... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 10, 2020

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan places in the middle of our compact SUV rankings. The Tiguan has a comfortable... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 10, 2020

Mazda Deals: Buy or Lease a Mazda

Mazda has excellent lease specials available this January, with most featuring monthly payments of less than $300 and... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 9, 2020

2020 Subaru Impreza Review

The 2020 Subaru Impreza offers a roomy, comfortable interior and a composed ride, but most compact cars rank higher... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 8, 2020

Buick and GMC Deals: Buy or Lease a New Buick or GMC

Buick and GMC are starting the new year with no-interest finance offers for up to six years on many of their new... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 7, 2020

How Can I Get a Free VIN Check?

There’s an old adage that warns when you buy a used car you’re just buying someone else’s problems. Thanks to Vehicle... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 3, 2020

2020 Genesis G80 Review

The 2020 Genesis G80 ranks near the top of the luxury midsize car class. It boasts a lavish cabin, roomy seats, a... Read More »

Courtney Jones Dec. 24, 2019

2020 Lexus IS Review

The 2020 Lexus IS ranks in the bottom half of the luxury small car class. The IS has premium cabin materials, a refined... Read More »

Courtney Jones Dec. 12, 2019

2014 Ford Fusion Review

The 2014 Ford Fusion's athletic handling and peppy engine performance make it one of the most engaging sedans, but its... Read More »

Courtney Jones Dec. 12, 2019

2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

Although the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has crisp handling, it ranks in the bottom of the compact cars class. It has a... Read More »

Courtney Jones Dec. 12, 2019

2020 Acura ILX Review

The 2020 Acura ILX places near the bottom of our luxury small car rankings. It has an attractive price and a long list... Read More »

Courtney Jones Dec. 10, 2019

13 Best Used Lexus Models

Shoppers looking to get into a luxury car can find great deals on used cars. Pre-owned vehicles provide a way to get... Read More »

Courtney Jones Nov. 25, 2019

2020 Ford Fusion Energi Review

The 2020 Ford Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid that suffers from a short all-electric driving range, limited trunk... Read More »

Courtney Jones Nov. 4, 2019

2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 BMW X3: Head to Head

Luxury compact SUVs combine some of the best aspects of other car classes. They’re a great midpoint between large... Read More »

Liana Madrid and Courtney Jones Sep. 25, 2019

2015 Lexus GX Review

The 2015 Lexus GX has an above-average reliability rating and formidable off-road capability, but a wheezy engine and a... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 17, 2019

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan ranks in the middle of the highly competitive compact SUV class. It has an upscale cabin and... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 17, 2019

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has a roomy cabin and agile handling. Though its interior is plagued with dull... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 17, 2019

2015 Infiniti Q50 Review

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 has a strong engine, engaging handling, and a well-appointed, upscale cabin. However, it places... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 17, 2019

2015 Jeep Wrangler Review

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler has unrivaled off-roading capabilities, but its unrefined nature, limited features, and high... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 13, 2019

2015 Dodge Journey Review

The 2015 Dodge Journey's underpowered base engine, poor reliability rating, and limited cargo space earn it a spot near... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 13, 2019

2015 Nissan Leaf Review

The 2015 Nissan Leaf is roomier and more upscale than most compact cars. It also has a stellar reliability rating and... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 12, 2019

2015 Lexus ES Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus ES Hybrid finishes near the top of the luxury midsize car class. It earns praise for its a roomy and... Read More »

Courtney Jones Sep. 12, 2019

2015 Honda Civic Review

The 2015 Honda Civic earns a midpack ranking in the competitive compact car class. The Civics cabin is made with... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 29, 2019

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Review

The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid ranks in the bottom half of the highly competitive midsize cars class. It has a... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 26, 2019

2017 Honda Accord Review

The 2017 Honda Accord comes well-equipped, and it has a comfortable ride and a quick-shifting transmission. However... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 26, 2019

2014 Honda Accord Review

The 2014 Honda Accord ranks in the middle of the midsize car class. It offers spry handling and a spacious, upscale... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 26, 2019

2015 BMW X1 Review

The 2015 BMW X1 ranks at the top of the luxury subcompact SUV class. It has robust engine power and handles like a car... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 5, 2019

2015 Toyota 4Runner Review

The 2015 Toyota 4Runner has unparalleled off-roading abilities in the midsize SUV class, but it stumbles as a daily... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 5, 2019

2015 Lexus RX Hybrid Review

The 2015 Lexus RX Hybrids refined performance, spacious cabin, and cushy ride make it one of the most pleasant luxury... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 5, 2019

2015 BMW 3-Series Review

An elegant cabin, outstanding handling, and strong engines push the 2015 BMW 3 Series to the top half of the luxury... Read More »

Courtney Jones Aug. 1, 2019

2015 Chrysler Town & Country Review

The 2015 Chrysler Town & Country sits in the middle of the minivan class. It features lots of technology and a... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jul. 19, 2019

2015 Audi A6 Review

The 2015 Audi A6 sits in the top half of the luxury midsize car class. It features lively handling, a perfect safety... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jul. 12, 2019

2015 Chrysler 300 Review

The 2015 Chrysler 300 offers potent engines and an upscale cabin that's loaded with tech features. Despite these... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jul. 12, 2019

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Review

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sits in the middle of the highly competitive compact car class. Although it has roomy seats... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jul. 11, 2019

2018 Dodge Grand Caravan Review

The 2018 Dodge Grand Caravan ranks near the bottom of the minivan class. It has below-average safety scores, a subpar... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jul. 8, 2019

2018 Toyota Yaris iA Review

The 2018 Toyota Yaris iA ranks near the top of the subcompact car class. It has a good predicted reliability rating... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jul. 3, 2019

2018 Buick Regal Review

The 2018 Buick Regal ranks in the bottom third of the midsize car class. While it has a decent powertrain and an... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

2018 Audi Q5 Review

The 2018 Audi Q5 has balanced handling, capable engines, and an opulent cabin with many features, but its below-average... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Malibu has a roomy cabin, an uncomplicated infotainment system, and solid handling. However, an... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

The fuel-efficient 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid has a spacious interior, user-friendly features, and solid performance... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

2018 Kia Sorento Review

The 2018 Kia Sorento ranks near the top of the midsize SUV class. It has a tranquil ride and a modern cabin with... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

2018 Toyota Highlander Review

The 2018 Toyota Highlander ranks in the top third of the midsize SUV class, thanks to its upscale cabin, strong... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is a highly ranked midsize SUV, thanks to its comfortable ride, numerous standard features... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jun. 28, 2019

Mazda Deals: Buy or Lease a Mazda

Mazda has excellent lease specials available this January, with most featuring monthly payments of less than $300 and... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 9, 2020

Buick and GMC Deals: Buy or Lease a New Buick or GMC

Buick and GMC are starting the new year with no-interest finance offers for up to six years on many of their new... Read More »

Courtney Jones Jan. 7, 2020

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