Top-Rated Family Cars in the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study

Top-Rated Family Cars in the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study

By Christian Wardlaw, July 27, 2016
  • 2016 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study trophy graphic

    Conducted annually, the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM quantifies owner satisfaction with new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Data related to the design, performance, content, and layout of the vehicles is used to calculate Power Circle Ratings, which summarize owner sentiments and are used to help consumers when choosing a new vehicle.

    This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2016 family cars from the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

  • 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat photo

    2016 Dodge Charger

    Though the name Charger was long associated with a sporty coupe, for the past decade it has been used for Dodge’s full-size sedan. From the affordable SE to the improbably powerful SRT Hellcat, there is a 2016 Dodge Charger to suit almost any budget and to slake almost any thirst for speed.

    The 2016 Dodge Charger receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2016 Honda Accord photo

    2016 Honda Accord

    America’s best-selling midsize family car (not including fleet sales) is the Honda Accord. Available as a 2-door coupe or a 4-door sedan, and with a choice between a 4-cylinder or a V-6 engine, the Accord lineup ranges from the affordable LX to the feature-packed Touring.

    The 2016 Honda Accord receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2016 Hyundai Azera photo

    2016 Hyundai Azera

    Slotted between the popular Sonata and luxurious Genesis in Hyundai’s family of sedans, the full-size Azera is a bit of a wallflower. Both the standard and the Limited trim levels are equipped with a powerful, 3.3-liter V-6 engine, and when fully equipped it costs just a little over $40,000.

    The 2016 Hyundai Azera receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2016 Kia Optima SX 2.0 Turbo photo

    2016 Kia Optima

    Redesigned for 2016, the latest Kia Optima impresses its owners, leading the Midsize Car field in terms of its overall appeal. Buyers select from a trio of 4-cylinder engines, two of which are turbocharged, or they can opt for a gas-electric hybrid rated to get up to 38 mpg in combined driving. The SX Limited trim level essentially transforms the Optima into an entry-level luxury sedan.

    The 2016 Kia Optima receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Car segment.

  • 2016 Nissan Altima photo

    2016 Nissan Altima

    A long list of upgrades for the 2016 model year helps the Altima midsize sedan to earn a place in this guide. A new SR trim level also joins the lineup, which includes 4-cylinder and V-6 versions in standard, S, SV, and SL trim. A key highlight of the Altima, aside from its roomy cabin and large trunk, is its Zero Gravity seat design.

    The 2016 Nissan Altima receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.

  • 2016 Nissan Maxima photo

    2016 Nissan Maxima

    Redesigned for 2016, the new Maxima presses the reset button on Nissan design. Wildly flamboyant, the large sport sedan’s appearance is wrapped around a V-6 engine, continuously variable transmission, and mechanicals designed to deliver a fun driving experience. It comes in S, SV, SL, SR, and Platinum trim levels.

    The 2016 Nissan Maxima receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Large Car segment.

  • 2016 Subaru Legacy photo

    2016 Subaru Legacy

    Equipped with a 4- or 6-cylinder engine and a standard all-wheel-drive system, the Subaru Legacy is a roomy, comfortable, capable, and safe midsize car that is loaded with value. Standard, Premium, and Limited trim levels are available.

    The 2016 Subaru Legacy receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.


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