Porsche owners are the happiest, JD Power reports
JD Power released the annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.
In this survey, JD Power asked 74,000 vehicle owners to rate their ride on more than 80 attributes.
Once again, Porsche clenched the highest-ranking nameplate award. This is the eighth consecutive year that Porsche won.
While the APEAL study measures how satisfied the owners are with their vehicles, it does not correlate to how many are being sold, or how reliable the vehicles are in the long-run.
The APEAL study is the most effective on pinpointing which vehicles and features are pleasing the owners.
One of the interesting trends that JD Power noted is that, even though many vehicle buyers are downsizing their ride, the smaller vehicles are providing enough "appeal" to the owners.
"Owners who downsize find that today's compact models are not the 'econoboxes' that they may have once feared," said David Sargent, vice president of global automotive at JD Power.
The automotive manufacturers are putting into the smaller cars the features that used to be available only on larger vehicles, or even luxury vehicles, several years ago.
Folks buying a new compact car may find similar features, or even more advanced features, from the larger vehicles they previously owned for the past 5-6 years.
Here is a complete list of all the winners in each of JD Power's category:
Top Three Models per Segment
Highest Ranked: Kia Optima (tie) / Volkswagen Passat (tie)
Highest Ranked: Dodge Charger
Chrysler 300 Series
Highest Ranked: MINI Countryman
Highest Ranked: Kia Soul
Toyota Prius v
Highest Ranked: Nissan Quest
Highest Ranked: Chevrolet Sonic
Highest Ranked: Chevrolet Volt
Compact Sporty Car
Highest Ranked: MINI Coupe/Roadster
Compact Premium Sporty Car*
Highest Ranked: Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible/Coupe
Entry Premium Car
Highest Ranked: BMW 3 Series
BMW 1 Series
Midsize Sporty Car*
Highest Ranked: Dodge Challenger
Midsize Premium Car
Highest Ranked: Audi A6
BMW 5 Series
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan/Wagon
Large Premium Car
Highest Ranked: Audi A8
Premium Sporty Car*
Highest Ranked: Porsche 911
BMW 6 Series
Entry Premium Crossover/SUV
Highest Ranked: Range Rover Evoque
Highest Ranked: Ford Flex
Highest Ranked: Ford Expedition
Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV
Highest Ranked: Porsche Cayenne
Audi Q7 (tie)
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (tie)
Large Premium Crossover/SUV
Highest Ranked: Infiniti QX56
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Highest Ranked: Chevrolet Avalanche
Ford F-150 LD
Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
Highest Ranked: Nissan Frontier
*No other model in this segment performs above the segment average.
For more, visit http://autos.jdpower.com/ratings/performance.htm
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