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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. His expert advice has appeared in outlets such as CreditCards.com and GOBankingRates.

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.

12 Best Car Deals in December 2019

It’s here: The best time of the year to buy a new car. Not only are there plenty of 2019 models still on the lots, but... Read More »

John M. Vincent Dec. 6, 2019

12 Best Car Lease Deals in December 2019

If you’re looking for a new vehicle, put down the eggnog and head to your local car dealer. With sales goals looming... Read More »

John M. Vincent Dec. 6, 2019

Average Used Car Loan Interest Rates in December 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 Dec. 2, 2019

Tesla Cybertruck: All You Need to Know

Leave it to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to shock the auto industry once again. The man who was instrumental in bringing us... Read More »

John M. Vincent Dec. 2, 2019

10 Easy Cars to Maintain and Repair

Cars are simply not as easy to work on as they used to be. They're generally more reliable, last longer, and have... Read More »

John M. Vincent and James MacPherson Dec. 2, 2019

2019 Los Angeles Auto Show: Photo Gallery

The automotive industry rolled out the red carpet to showcase their newest models at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show... Read More »

John M. Vincent Nov. 22, 2019

2019 Los Angeles Auto Show: Biggest Debuts

The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off the U.S. auto show season with a host of all-new vehicle introductions... Read More »

John M. Vincent Nov. 21, 2019

29 Mistakes People Make When Selling a Car

A great way to save money when buying a car is getting top dollar from the sale of your old one. Getting the maximum... Read More »

John M. Vincent Nov. 20, 2019

13 Car Leasing Mistakes That Cost You

Leasing is a popular way to get a new car with a monthly price tag that’s typically far less than if you chose to... Read More »

John M. Vincent Nov. 19, 2019

The 34 Best Small Cars of 2019

The small car segment offers some of the most affordable cars available in the marketplace. They're also some of the... Read More »

John M. Vincent Nov. 19, 2019

30 Fastest Cars Under $30,000 for 2019

Looking for a vehicle with performance that gets your heart racing, but a price tag that won't give you a heart attack... Read More »

John M. Vincent Oct. 30, 2019

7 Best Cars Under $16,000 for 2019

Even though the price of new cars continues to climb, there are still several new vehicles you can buy with sticker... Read More »

John M. Vincent Oct. 23, 2019

What Do Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ Mean?

You’ve likely seen the phrases Top Safety Pick (TSP) and Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) in car ads, as well as our new car... Read More »

John M. Vincent Oct. 21, 2019

2019 Chevrolet Camaro vs. 2019 Ford Mustang: Head to Head

Ford debuted the Mustang in the middle of the 1964 model year to rapid success. Chevrolet answered in late 1966 with... Read More »

John M. Vincent Sep. 30, 2019

Vehicle Brands With the Best Interiors in 2019

Many car shoppers want vehicles with great performance, high-fuel economy estimates, and excellent safety and predicted... Read More »

John M. Vincent Sep. 30, 2019

Certified Pre Owned Cars vs. Non-Certified Used Cars

You've decided to save money by purchasing a used car rather than a brand-new model. Now, there's another decision you... Read More »

John M. Vincent Sep. 30, 2019

2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Subaru Forester: Head to Head

The compact SUV segment is one of the most competitive in the auto business, with several excellent SUVs and crossovers... Read More »

John M. Vincent Sep. 25, 2019

2019 Audi Q7 vs. 2019 BMW X5: Head to Head

Many excellent competitors are vying for your attention in the luxury midsize SUV segment. Two of the perennial... Read More »

John M. Vincent Sep. 24, 2019

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

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

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

Best Lease Deals

Looking for a new sleigh this December?Theres a way to get a new ride without the high cost of buying and financing the... Read More »

John M. Vincent Dec. 11, 2019

Best Car Deals

While everyone else is heading to the malls, smart shoppers know that December is the best month of the year to buy a... Read More »

John M. Vincent Dec. 5, 2019

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