The annual JD Power APEAL study results are in. That’s right … the highly anticipated study done by the nation’s independent research company that measures new-vehicle appeal have been released. The acronym APEAL stands for Automotive Performance, Execution & Layout.
Now in its 19th year, the JD Power APEAL study data is collected from new-vehicle owners who evaluate their cars based on 77 specific attributes, ranging from fuel economy to the attractiveness of its interior materials. A perfect score would be 1,000 points … and overall this year’s crop of new vehicles averaged 794, a one-point decrease from last year. Breaking it down further, the average score for a premium car was 840, while non-premium average was 785.
For the 10th consecutive year, Porsche is the top overall brand, while Hyundai took the top spot among non-luxury brands. (Porsche and Dodge led the way with top scores in three categories each.) On another positive note, new-car customers seem to be content with their fuel economy, as this year’s survey saw a six-point uptick from the previous year.
JD Power APEAL Results
So which vehicles won the JD Power APEAL study in their respective segments?
Compact Car – Dodge Dart
Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle – Kia Soul
Compact Premium Car – BMW 428i
Compact Premium SUV – Audi Q5
Compact Premium Sporty Car – Porsche Boxster
Compact SUV – Nissan Rogue
Compact Sporty Car – Volkswagen GTI
Large Car – Dodge Charger
Large Heavy Duty Pickup – Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
Large Light Duty Pickup – Ford F-150
Large Premium Car – Audi A8
Large Premium SUV – Land Rover Range Rover
Large SUV – GMC Yukon
Midsize Car – Mazda6
Midsize Pickup – Honda Ridgeline
Midsize Premium Car – Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Midsize Premium SUV – Porsche Cayenne
Midsize Premium Sporty Car – Porsche 911
Midsize SUV – Toyota Highlander
Midsize Sporty Car – Dodge Challenger
Minivan – Nissan Quest
Small Car – Hyundai Accent
Small SUV – MINI Countryman