If you drive a Porsche, you’re driving the highest ranked brand in JD Power’s 2017 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study released this week. Genesis ranks second followed by BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.
The APEAL study measured how drivers felt about 32 brands. Overall, researchers found that owners are more satisfied with their new cars than they were in 2016 with 19 brands earning more points over the last year. J.D. Power researchers say the reason is simple: it’s because automakers are doing a better job of delivering what they want.
Chrysler is the most improved brand. Other brands with strong improvements include MINI, Nissan, and Honda.
Also key to owner happiness is that non-premium vehicles are increasingly offering safety and technology features once reserved for premium vehicles.
Here are some more specifics from the J.D. Power press release:
The Porsche Macan receives a model-level award for the third consecutive year. The BMW 2 Series; BMW X1; Chevrolet Tahoe; Kia Soul; MINI Clubman; and Porsche 911 receive a model-level award for the second consecutive year.