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John M. Vincent

Senior Reporter

John Vincent is a senior reporter for the U.S. News Best Cars team. He covers the automotive industry and is a sought-after expert on the car buying process, auto financing, leasing, alternative fuel vehicles, and automotive technology.

He joined U.S. News in 2016 following a long tenure at The Oregonian, the Northwest’s largest daily newspaper, where he provided advice for shoppers who were in the market for a new car. He is president of the Northwest Automotive Press Association, a professional organization representing automotive journalists in the Northwest United States. A third-generation journalist, he graduated from the Portland State University School of Business Administration. John is based in Portland, Oregon.

The 30 Most Underappreciated Cars of 2019

Every automaker wants to see their products succeed in the marketplace. That doesn’t always happen, though, and it... Read More »

John M. Vincent Sep. 19, 2019

Average Used Car Loan Interest Rates in September 2019

It’s easy to forget that the price tag is only one part of the total cost of buying a used vehicle. Another significant... Read More »

John M. Vincent and Nate Parsons Sep. 3, 2019

How to Buy Tires: A Step-by-Step Guide

Few people like buying new tires. They are one of the more expensive maintenance items on a car, choosing the right... Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 29, 2019

20 Best Vehicles Under $20,000

New cars can be expensive. That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to get a new set of wheels, though. There are... Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 28, 2019

21 Best Midsize SUVs of 2019: Photos and Details

This article doesn’t cover luxury vehicles. If you’re looking for the Best Luxury Midsize SUVs, click here . Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 28, 2019

25 Safest SUVs of 2019

This article covers mainstream SUVs. Take a look at our article on Safest Luxury SUVs to see how upscale SUVs rate. Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 26, 2019

14 Safest Luxury SUVs for 2019

Safety is an attribute many luxury buyers cite as a top reason why they want a sport utility vehicle or crossover... Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 14, 2019

20 Best Labor Day Lease Specials for 2019

Long holiday weekends are great times to lease a new vehicle. Not only do manufacturers save some of their best car... Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 13, 2019

15 Cheapest SUVs of 2019

SUVs have taken the American market by storm, with models available to fit almost any buyer’s needs. One challenge... Read More »

John M. Vincent Aug. 13, 2019

New 2020 Chevrolet Corvette: A Visual Overview

After a long wait, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette has shed its camouflage and made its debut. As the spy shots predicted... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jul. 31, 2019

Best Cheap Car Insurance for Young Adults in 2019

When your driving career is just beginning as a teen, you can expect to pay some of the highest auto insurance rates... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jul. 26, 2019

The 10 Cheapest States for Car Insurance in 2019

Car Insurance shoppers quickly learn that there are a multitude of factors that go into the setting of premiums. Some... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jul. 26, 2019

18 Car Brands With the Best Discounts for College Students and Grads

You’ve worked for years to get the reward of a college degree, and now you're ready to reap the rewards of graduation... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jul. 11, 2019

14 Best Boxy Cars

Sometimes thinking outside of the box is a good thing. That’s not the case with these 14 new and used vehicles. Buying... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jul. 10, 2019

Redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer: All You Need to Know

Ford has completely redesigned the Explorer for 2020, addressing many of the issues that led the current 2019 Ford... Read More »

John M. Vincent and Cherise Threewitt Jul. 5, 2019

The Best 4th of July Car Sales for 2019

Summer is all about enjoying time off work and hanging out with family and friends. However, they’re also an excuse for... Read More »

Steven Loveday and John M. Vincent Jul. 3, 2019

25 Things That Will Save You Money on a Used Car

Buying a used car is a fantastic way to save money. You let the vehicle’s first owner absorb the steep depreciation... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jul. 3, 2019

48 Vehicles You Can Buy With a Manual Transmission in 2019

There’s nothing quite like dancing on all three pedals, making nicely synchronized downshifts as you dive into a... Read More »

John M. Vincent and Carter MacLeod Jun. 27, 2019

42 Ways You Are Spending Too Much Money on Your Car

Next to the cost of housing, having a car is one of life’s biggest expenses. The price of car ownership goes well... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jun. 25, 2019

Short-Term Car Leases: A U.S. News Guide

Leasing is a popular way of getting behind the wheel of a car, truck, or SUV with all of the latest technology, safety... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jun. 24, 2019

One Year Car Lease: Can You? Should You?

Leasing makes sense for many consumers. It offers a chance to get a new car with all of the latest safety and... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jun. 24, 2019

Most and Least Reliable SUVs in 2019

There are a multitude of SUVs in the marketplace, with a range of models so vast that there’s an SUV or crossover to... Read More »

John M. Vincent and Carter MacLeod Jun. 19, 2019

Most and Least Reliable Luxury SUVs in 2019

Today’s luxury SUVs are technology showcases loaded with the latest safety, infotainment, and connectivity systems... Read More »

John M. Vincent and Carter MacLeod Jun. 19, 2019

10 SUVs With the Best Third-Row Seats

There are many new SUVs with three rows of seats. However, if you’re looking for three rows that are roomy enough for... Read More »

John M. Vincent Jun. 12, 2019

24 Cars with the Best Gas Mileage in 2019

Even when fuel prices are low, putting gas or diesel in your car is one of the biggest expenses of driving. When fuel... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 31, 2019

21 SUVs With the Most Cargo Space in 2019

When it comes to hauling people and cargo, an SUV is an excellent choice. SUVs have flexible interiors that can be... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 30, 2019

The Best 7-Passenger Luxury Vehicles You Can Buy in 2019

Finding a luxury car is easy. Finding one that can comfortably carry seven people or more is a bit more complicated... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 29, 2019

25 Most Reliable Used Cars Under $10,000

Finding a used car for less than $10,000 is relatively easy. Finding a good one that’s reliable enough not to leave you... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 24, 2019

The Best 7-Passenger Vehicles You Can Buy in 2019

When you need a vehicle that can carry seven or more, your options can be limited. Fortunately, there are several... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 24, 2019

All-New 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M: What You Need to Know

In the world of BMW, the letter M means performance. Starting with the BMW M1 in 1978, BMW has produced a series of M... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 17, 2019

All-New 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe: What You Need to Know

For the 2020 model year, Porsche is adding an all-new model to its performance SUV lineup. The 2020 Porsche Cayenne... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 16, 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

8 Best Large Cars for Families in 2019

The large sedan was once a staple of the American driveway. With the ongoing shift to SUVs, fewer buyers are opting for... Read More »

John M. Vincent May. 2, 2019

Why You Should Avoid Subprime Auto Loans

Having a car is a necessity for the millions of Americans who don’t have alternative transportation to get to work or... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 26, 2019

How to Negotiate Used Car Price for CPO Cars

Looking for a way to blend the benefits of buying a new car and a used vehicle? Purchasing a certified pre-owned car... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 25, 2019

Private-Party Auto Loans: What You Need to Know

Buying a used car is a great way to save a tremendous amount of money compared to purchasing a new car. Buying one from... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 25, 2019

Online Auto Loans: The Pros and Cons

Once upon a time, you had to visit a loan officer at a bank or other lender to ask for an auto loan. That was followed... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 24, 2019

What You Need to Know About Co-Signing a Car Loan

Co-signing an auto loan is one of the most misunderstood topics in the car-buying process. If you have excellent... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 24, 2019

Why You Should Get Preapproved for a Car Loan

Most consumers wait until they’ve chosen a vehicle before looking at how to finance their purchase, but you can save a... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 23, 2019

13 Best 3-Row SUVs for Families in 2019

When it comes to capable family haulers, SUVs with three rows continue to grow in popularity. One all-new model was... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 22, 2019

Redesigned 2019 Mazda3 Hatchback: All You Need to Know

When it comes to compact cars, few match the sportiness, handling, efficiency, and price of the Mazda3 hatchback. Mazda... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 22, 2019

Car Insurance: Pros and Cons of Buying Online

Buying car insurance is an essential part of owning or leasing a car. It’s illegal to drive without it in most states... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 17, 2019

12 Ways to Save Money on Car Insurance

After painstakingly researching their car purchases or leases, many consumers just call their car insurer and pay... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 17, 2019

2020 Kia Soul EV: All You Need to Know

Kia redesigned the Soul for 2020, creating a family of trim levels ranging from sporty to adventurous. In the shadow of... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 12, 2019

Fastest Cars for the Money in 2019

If your budget is unlimited, it’s easy to find a car with loads of horsepower and the ability to launch from zero to... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 12, 2019

Low-Interest Financing vs. Cash Back

Even better than finding the perfect car is finding a great deal on a great car. One of the easiest ways to get an... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 3, 2019

Cars With the Most High Tech Features for the Money

Advances in car technology continue to be brought to the market at a blistering pace, with features once only found on... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 2, 2019

2019 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2019 Hyundai Sonata: Head to Head

In addition to a growing stable of crossovers, Hyundai sells an array of sedans and hatchbacks. Two of the more popular... Read More »

John M. Vincent Apr. 2, 2019

How Much Towing Capacity Do I Really Need?

When shopping for a new car, truck, or SUV, it’s critical to consider how much towing capacity you’ll need to tow your... Read More »

John M. Vincent Mar. 29, 2019

11 Best New Cars for Technophobes

For some car buyers, simple is better. Finding a new vehicle that’s not loaded with complex technology gets tougher all... Read More »

John M. Vincent Mar. 29, 2019

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