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.
 

Best Hybrid, Plug-in, and Electric Cars of 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic drastically reducing gas prices across the country, shopping for a hybrid or electric car... Read More »

U.S. News’ Best Cars of 2020

If you’re looking to start the new decade with a new set of wheels, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gone through... Read More »

Best Certified Pre-Owned Programs of 2020

As more advanced safety and infotainment technology become ubiquitous in new vehicles, prices for new cars continue to... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

U.S. News' Best Cars of 2018

New year, new car. If that is your motto for 2018, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gone through our car, SUV, and... Read More »

2018 Best Vehicle Brand Awards

With cars, trucks, and SUVs being sold by over 35 brands in the U.S., choosing the right one can be a challenge. Sure... Read More »

2017 Best New and Used Cars for Teens

New drivers may want a car that’s luxurious or athletic, but parents should prioritize safety and reliability when... Read More »

Best SUVs to Buy This Fall

If you have a family road trip planned for Columbus Day weekend, or maybe a camping or hiking trip up in the mountains... Read More »

Best Cars to Buy This Fall

Although it still feels like summer in most parts of the country, fall weather is almost here. The changing season can... Read More »

The Best Bargains in Used Cars Right Now

Car shoppers on a budget may want to consider buying a used vehicle. Used cars have lower sticker prices than new cars... Read More »

9 Best Luxury Cars and SUVs to Buy Now

Luxury cars and SUVs generally offer more standard and available tech features, ritzier cabins, and stronger engine... Read More »

Best Cars to Buy for the 4th of July

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The Best Cars and SUVs No One's Buying

Just because a vehicle drives well, has a spacious and attractive interior, and receives critical acclaim doesn’t mean... Read More »

10 Best Cars to Buy This Memorial Day

Frequent drives to the beach, lake, or park over the summer can rack up miles on your car. If you’re looking for a new... Read More »

Best Car Brands to Buy Now

With a daunting number of brands and models to choose from, there’s almost certainly a car out there that delivers on... Read More »

Best Used Luxury Cars and SUVs to Buy Now

New cars come with all the latest tech and connectivity features and the peace of mind of a manufacturer warranty... Read More »

Best Cars to Buy This Spring

Snow storms are in the rearview mirror for most parts of the country, and that’s good news for drivers. If the clear... Read More »

Best Redesigned Cars and SUVs to Buy Now

The latest tech and safety features, upgraded cabin materials, more fuel-efficient engines, and sleeker exterior... Read More »

Best Family Cars to Buy Now

The best family vehicles on the market have roomy seating to keep the whole clan comfortable, lots of cargo space to... Read More »

Best Luxury SUVs to Buy Now

Luxury SUVs offer the expansive visibility and flexible seating and cargo space you’d expect of a utility vehicle, plus... Read More »

Top-Ranked Cars to Buy for 2017

We all want to start off the New Year on a high note. The following cars and SUVs are doing just that, as they... Read More »

Best Cars to Buy Before the New Year

The end of the year is one of best times to buy a car , so if you’ve been holding out for a new vehicle, now could be... Read More »

Best SUVs to Buy This Holiday Season

An SUV in the driveway with a big bow on it is near the top of many people's wish list every holiday season. If you’re... Read More »

Best Small Crossover SUVs to Buy Now

With flexible cargo space, a high ride height, and a carlike ride, it’s easy to see why Americans bought more... Read More »

Best Winter-Ready Cars to Buy Now

As some parts of the Northeast are digging out from a storm that dumped 20 inches of snow , it’s time to start... Read More »

Best SUVs for Buyers

SUVs are hot these days. In fact, while sales of cars have declined 8.9 percent so far in 2016, SUVs and crossovers... Read More »

Best Cars to Buy in November

As winter weather approaches, demand for SUVs is soaring, while dealerships struggle to sell sedans and hatchbacks. In... Read More »

Best SUVs to Buy in November

There’s no snow on the ground yet in most parts of the country, but you’ll want to be prepared when it arrives. Adding... Read More »

Best SUV Deals for November

With winter weather fast approaching, adding a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive SUV to your garage may be a wise... Read More »

Best Midsize SUVs to Buy Now

Midsize SUVs are more nimble and fuel-efficient than large SUVs but offer more seating and cargo space than smaller... Read More »

Upscale Vehicles You Should Buy Right Now

There’s no doubt that buying a luxury vehicle will put a bigger dent in your bank account than opting for a more... Read More »

2016 Best Cars for Teens

With school back in full swing, teenage drivers are on the road once again. Between getting to and from school, as well... Read More »

Save Big on These Slow-Selling Cars in Hot Classes

Car buyers’ preferences are constantly evolving. Vehicles that were flying off dealer lots five years ago may be... Read More »

What Do Baseball Stars Drive?

The MLB Postseason is underway, with the Cubs looking to break the curse of the Billy Goat, the Indians looking to win... Read More »

Save Big on a Great Car for Your Teenager

Handing over the car keys to your teenager can be frightening for parents. Even if you trust your kids, knowing they’re... Read More »

9 Luxury Cars and SUVs You Should Buy Now

There’s no doubt that buying a luxury vehicle will put a bigger dent in your bank account than opting for a more... Read More »

Get a Great Deal on These Slow-Selling Cars and SUVs

Just because a vehicle has engaging performance, a top-notch interior, and critical acclaim doesn't mean it's always... Read More »

Best Cars for Teens

Summer is a dangerous time for teenage drivers. When not in school, teens spend more time behind the wheel, and they’re... Read More »

7 Affordable Used SUVs With Three Rows

Whether you’re shuttling the kids and their friends to soccer practice or heading out on a weekend trip with a crowd, a... Read More »

The 10 Worst Cities to Own a Car

If you’re a car owner and you live in one of the cities in this slide show, you’re probably used to paying high... Read More »

8 Best Midsize SUVs to Buy Now

Midsize SUVs  occupy an appealing middle ground in the booming crossover market. They have more seating and cargo... Read More »

Get a Great Deal on These Outgoing Cars and SUVs

While 2017 is still a few months away for most of the world, 2017 has arrived for the auto industry, and that means the... Read More »

September's Best Cash Back New Car Deals

The best cash back new car deals save you thousands of dollars off the purchase price of your new vehicle. As summer... Read More »

U.S. News Best Price Program

Save on your monthly payments! Find the best local prices on your next car.