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J.D. Power’s 2015 APEAL Study lists the most attractive cars right now

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J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study was released this week, offering a barometer of owner satisfaction based on 77 criteria such as navigation, design, and fuel economy.

For the 11th year in a row, Porsche leads all car manufacturers with 874 points out of a possible 1,000. It is followed by Jaguar (855) and BMW (854). The highest-ranked non-luxury make is MINI with a score of 825.

Here are the top 10 most appealing car brands in 2015 according to J.D. Power:

  • Porsche (874)
  • Jaguar (855)
  • BMW (854)
  • Mercedes-Benz (853)
  • Audi (852)
  • Land Rover (843)
  • Lincoln (842)
  • Cadillac (838)
  • Infiniti (835)
  • Lexus (831)

The Americans are well represented among non-luxury makes:

  • MINI (825)
  • Hyundai (809)
  • Volkswagen (806)
  • GMC (804)
  • Ram (803)
  • Buick (801)
  • Ford (798)
  • Kia (798)
  • Chevrolet (797)
  • Mazda (796)

Surprisingly, Honda (786), Nissan (786), and Toyota (781) landed way below the industry average (798). The least attractive brands, according to the 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study, are smart (683) and Fiat (749).

What about the most appealing cars?

J.D. Power has also ranked the top three models in each vehicle category. We’ll only list the various category winners here, but feel free to check out the complete rankings on their website.

  • City car: Fiat 500
  • Small car: Chevrolet Sonic
  • Small premium car: Audi A3
  • Compact car: Volkswagen Golf
  • Compact sporty car: MINI Cooper
  • Compact premium car: BMW 4 Series
  • Compact premium sporty car: Porsche Cayman
  • Midsize car: Mazda6
  • Midsize sporty car: Dodge Challenger
  • Midsize premium car: BMW 6 Series
  • Midsize premium sporty car: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Large car: Dodge Charger
  • Large premium car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Small SUV: MINI Cooper Countryman
  • Small premium SUV: Audi Q3
  • Compact SUV: Mazda CX-5
  • Compact premium SUV: Porsche Macan
  • Compact MPV: Ford C-MAX
  • Midsize SUV: Nissan Murano
  • Midsize premium SUV : Porsche Cayenne
  • Midsize pickup: Chevrolet Colorado
  • Minivan: Kia Sedona
  • Large SUV: Ford Expedition
  • Large premium SUV: Infiniti QX80
  • Large light-duty pickup: Ford F-150
  • Large heavy-duty pickup: GMC Sierra HD