Porsche, Hyundai stand out in latest J.D. Power study

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Hyundai ranked highest among mainstream automakers while Porsche ranked highest overall in a J.D. Power study released Wednesday that measures how much car buyers like their new cars.

Hyundai also was the top-ranked brand in another J.D. Power study earlier this year that measured quality during the first 90 days of ownership.

The APEAL Study, now in its 19th year, measures automotive performance, execution and layout by asking owners to evaluate their vehicle across 77 attributes, which combine into an overall APEAL score that is measured on a 1,000-point scale.

Porsche scored 882, followed by Jaguar with 862, Audi with 858, Land Rover with 853 and BMW with 849.
Lincoln was the top-ranked domestic brand with a score of 835 followed by Cadillac at 826.
Hyundai, ranked 13th overall, with a score of 804, followed by Ram with a score of 800.

Buick, Chevrolet and GMC ranked just below the industry average with scores of 792, 791 and 791 respectively. Ford’s score was 789 while Chrysler scored 783 and Jeep was second from last at 762.

J.D. Power also ranks individual models by segment. Both Dodge and Porsche received three segment awards each: Dodge for the Challenger, Charger and Dart; and Porsche for the 911, Boxster and Cayenne.

The study is based on responses gathered between February and May from more than 86,000 purchasers and lessees of 2014 model-year cars and light trucks. Power said the study reveals the industry is struggling to design information and entertainment systems that customers love, while finding a balance between fuel economy and performance

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