There are numerous reasons that a car appeals to its owner, but safety technology is one of the features that is of key importance to car owners today, according to J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout, or APEAL, study.
The study, in its 21st year, surveyed over 80,000 new-car owners and lessees and analyzed 77 attributes of the cars to determine the models and brands that had the most appeal. Some factors J.D. Power and Associates analyzed besides safety technology were fuel economy, styling, comfort and these cars systems: audio, communication, entertainment, navigations.
The overall appeal score of all cars increased by 3 points this year, to 801 on a scale of 1,000. These brands make the models that received the highest scores in the analysis.
General Motors received the most awards for car categories of any automaker. It received 6 awards for these cars:
Buick Cascada (compact sporty car)
Chevrolet Camaro (shown here; midsize sporty car)
Chevrolet Colorado (midsize pickup)
Chevrolet Sonic (small car)
Chevrolet Tahoe (large SUV)
GMC Sierra HD (large, heavy-duty pickup)
3 of 9
Hyundai Motor Co.
Hyundai Motor received 5 segment-level awards for:
Hyundai Tucson (small SUV)
Kia Optima (midsize car)
Kia Sedona (minivan)
Kia Sorento (midsize SUV)
Kia Soul (shown here; compact multipurpose)
4 of 9
Auto manufacturer BMW received 4 segment awards for:
BMW 2 Series (small premium car)
X1 (shown here; small premium SUV segment)
X6 models (midsize premium SUV)
MINI Clubman (compact car)
5 of 9
Volkswagen AG received awards for 4 categories, and its Porsche brand was rated the highest of all brands for the 12th straight year. The Porsche 911 (shown here; midsize premium sporty category); the Porsche Boxster (compact premium sporty); and the Porsche Macan (compact premium SUV) were rated highest in appeal. The VW AG also was awarded for the Audi A6 (midsize premium segment).