Porsche, Jaguar, Audi top new JD Power study – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Porsche, Jaguar and Audi are the brands that seem to delight new buyers the most, says a new study released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates.

Porsche has led the U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study, or APEAL, for 10 years. Basically, the study judges which models and brands that buyers find most gratifying and appealing in 77 categories. In the new survey, Hyundai is the top mainstream brand.

The results roughly mirror the way things turned out in J.D. Powers’ far most closely watched survey, the Initial Quality Study, released earlier this year. Porsche won that one, too, and Jaguar was second. Hyundai, for the first time, scored tops in both surveys among non-premium brands.

Overall, the APEAL study’s scores are virtually unchanged from a year ago. The average was 794 out of 1,000, a drop of a single point. The only category that showed significant change was fuel economy, up six points, mostly because gas prices dropped, J.D. Power says. Overall, recent owners sound unsatisfied with the gas mileage that there cars are getting.

“Despite improvements this year, fuel economy continues to be the lowest-scoring category in the study by a wide margin,” says Renee Stephens, vice president for U.S. automotive at Power, in a statement.

When it comes to best showing in individual car segments, Dodge and Porsche do best. Porsche wins for 911, Boxster and Cayenne. Dodge wins for Challenger, Charger and Dart.

Top ranked models per segment:

• Small car: Hyundai Accent; Ford Fiesta; Chevrolet Sonic.

• Compact car: Dodge Dart; Volkswagen Beetle; Nissan Sentra.

• Compact premium car: BMW 4 Series; Audi A5; Audi A4.

• Compact sporty car: Volkswagen GTI; Hyundai Veloster; Mini Cooper.

• Compact premium sporty car: Porsche Boxster; Porsche Cayman.

• Midsize car: Mazda Mazda6; Kia Optima; Hyundai Sonata.

• Midsize sporty car: Dodge Challenger.

• Midsize premium car: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class; Audi A7; Audi A6.

• Midsize premium sporty car: Porsche 911; Chevrolet Corvette; Jaguar F-Type.

• Large car: Dodge Charger; Chevrolet SS; Kia Cadenza.

• Large premium car: Audi A8 (tie); Mercedes-Benz S-Class (tie).

• Small SUV: Mini Countryman; Buick Encore; Volkswagen Tiguan

• Compact SUV: Nissan Rogue; Ford Escape; Jeep Cherokee.

• Compact premium SUV: Audi Q5; BMW X3; Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

• Compact MPV: Kia Soul.

• Midsize SUV: Toyota Highlander; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Dodge Durango.

• Midsize premium SUV: Porsche Cayenne; BMW X5; Land Rover Range Rover Sport.

• Midsize pickup: Honda Ridgeline; Nissan Frontier.

• Minivan: Nissan Quest; Honda Odyssey; Toyota Sienna.

• Large SUV: GMC Yukon; Nissan Armada; Ford Expedition.

• Large Premium SUV: Land Rover Range Rover; Infiniti QX80; Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.

• Large light duty pickup: Ford F-150; GMC Sierra; Chevrolet Silverado.

• Large heavy duty pickup: Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty; Chevrolet Silverado HD (tie);

• Ram 2500/3500 HD (tie).

Top-ranked brands and their scores:

• Porsche: 882

• Jaguar: 862

• Audi: 858

• Land Rover: 853

• BMW: 849

• Lexus: 844

• Mercedes-Benz: 842

• Lincoln: 835

• Cadillac: 826

• Infiniti: 826

• Acura: 814

• Volvo: 812

• Hyundai: 804

• Ram: 800

• Volkswagen: 796


• Buick: 792

• Chevrolet: 791

• GMC: 791

• Kia: 791

• Dodge: 790

• Mazda: 790

• Ford: 789

• Nissan: 786

• Chrysler: 783

• Honda: 783

• Toyota: 783

• Scion: 779

• Fiat: 786

• Subaru: 766

• Jeep: 762


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