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Matt Rand

Research Manager

Matt Rand is the research manager of the U.S. News Best Cars team. He leads the team that analyzes the research and data that form the foundation of the new and used car ranking lists.

Since joining the U.S. News Best Cars team in 2013, Matt has headed the research and scoring process for 275-plus car models each year. He’s also led efforts to improve U.S. News’ evaluation methodology to make the rankings an even more valuable resource for car shoppers. U.S. News Best Cars releases several awards each year, including Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. Matt has spearheaded the data gathering and analysis for these awards since 2014, and he’s been heavily involved in developing new awards like Best Cars for Teens, Best Vehicle Brands, and Best Hybrid and Electric Cars. Matt has a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

2019 Best New and Used Cars for Teens

While cool tech features and eye-catching style may appeal to teenage drivers, crash test scores, active safety tech... Read More »

Matt Rand, Kevin Linder and Isaac R. Braun Aug. 20, 2019

Best Hybrid, Plug-in, and Electric Cars of 2019

Monday, April 22 is Earth Day, a day when clean energy, sustainability, and reducing your carbon footprint fleetingly... Read More »

Matt Rand and Kevin Linder Apr. 16, 2019

U.S. News’ Best Cars of 2019

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to buy a great new car, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gone through our... Read More »

Matt Rand Jan. 10, 2019

10 SUVs You Should Buy Now

Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler recently announced they’ll be drastically scaling back production of cars in... Read More »

Matt Rand Nov. 30, 2018

2018 Best New and Used Cars for Teens

Crash test scores, active safety features, and reliability aren’t high on the list of priorities for many teenage... Read More »

Matt Rand and Kevin Linder Aug. 20, 2018

6 Best Pickup Trucks to Buy This Summer

The best pickup trucks on the market today not only have the capability to tow your boat and haul everything you need... Read More »

Matt Rand Jun. 21, 2018

7 Most Improved Cars of 2018

The automotive landscape is constantly evolving. A redesign is a chance for a vehicle to get ahead of the curve and... Read More »

Matt Rand Jun. 15, 2018

Best Hybrid and Electric Cars of 2018

Sunday is Earth Day, a day when people across the globe celebrate their commitment to environmental protection. There... Read More »

Matt Rand and Mel Anton Apr. 17, 2018