Porsche, Genesis, BMW Top J.D. Power APEAL Study

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:

Premium and mass market brands are getting closer.

The average APEAL index score for the non-premium segment (804) improves by 10 points year over year, while the premium segment (845) improves by just 1 point. The gap between the two segments has narrowed to an all-time low of 41 points. Some vehicles deliver outstanding levels of APEAL as well as IQS.

Eight models receiving APEAL segment awards also receive awards in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM.

BMW 2 Series; Chrysler Pacifica; Kia Cadenza; Kia Niro; Kia Soul; MINI Cooper; Porsche 911; and Porsche Macan. The all-new Genesis brand ranks second in both APEAL and IQS this year, while Porsche ranks top in APEAL and third in IQS.

Most Awarded Brands

  • Volkswagen AG: Audi A3; Audi A4; Audi A7; Porsche 911; Porsche Cayenne; and Porsche Macan
  • BMW AG: BMW 2 Series; BMW X1; MINI Clubman; and MINI Cooper
  • Ford Motor Co.: Ford F-150; Ford Super Duty; and Lincoln Continental
  • General Motors Co.: Cadillac Escalade; Chevrolet Bolt; and Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Hyundai Motor Co.: Kia Cadenza; Kia Niro; and Kia Soul
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Challenger
  • Honda Motor Co.: Honda CR-V and Honda Ridgeline
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.: Nissan Altima and Nissan Murano

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.

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