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:
Hyundai Motor received 5 segment-level awards for:
Auto manufacturer BMW received 4 segment awards for:
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).
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Nissan was awarded 2 times for:
Toyota was awarded twice for:
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Land Rover got one segment award for the Land Rover Range Rover in the small premium SUV category.
Smart was awarded in the city car segment for its smart fortwo.
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