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2016 J.D. Power APEAL Study crowns the most appealing cars

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J.D. Power has just published its 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, and for the 12th year in a row, Porsche sits at the top of the most appealing car brands with 877 points out of a possible 1,000.

BMW ranks second with 859, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz rank third in a tie at 852, and Land Rover, Lexus and Lincoln rank fifth in a tie at 843. As for automakers, General Motors leads the way with six segment-level awards.

This study measures owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement across 77 attributes, ranging from the power they feel when they step on the gas to the sense of comfort and luxury they feel when climbing into the driver’s seat.  

Here are the full results of the 2016 J.D. Power APEAL Study:

Passenger cars

  • City car: smart fortwo
  • Small car: Chevrolet Sonic
  • Small premium car: BMW 2 Series
  • Compact car: MINI Clubman
  • Compact sporty car: Buick Cascada
  • Compact premium car: Lexus RC
  • Compact premium sporty car: Porsche Boxster
  • Midsize car: Kia Optima
  • Midsize sporty car: Chevrolet Camaro
  • Midsize premium car: Audi A6
  • Midsize premium sporty car: Porsche 911
  • Large car: Nissan Maxima

SUVs, vans, and pickups

  • Small SUV: Hyundai Tucson
  • Small premium SUV: BMW X1
  • Compact SUV: Toyota RAV4
  • Compact premium SUV: Porsche Macan
  • Compact MPV: Kia Soul
  • Midsize SUV: Kia Sorento
  • Midsize premium SUV: BMW X6
  • Midsize pickup: Chevrolet Colorado
  • Minivan: Kia Sedona
  • Large SUV: Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Large premium SUV: Land Rover Range Rover
  • Large light-duty pickup: Nissan Titan
  • Large heavy-duty pickup: GMC Sierra HD