Top-Rated Luxury Cars in the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study
The annual J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM measures owner satisfaction with the design, performance, content, and layout of new vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership. Derived from the study data, Power Circle Ratings summarize the findings and help consumers when shopping for a new vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2016 luxury cars from the 2016 U.S. APEAL Study, each model earning a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.
2016 Audi A6
A midsize luxury sedan, the Audi A6 is offered with a choice between two engines and front- or all-wheel drive. Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels further tailor the vehicle to buyer preferences, and a performance-tuned S6 variant is available. The A6 received a major freshening for 2016.
The 2016 Audi A6 receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Car segment.
2016 Audi A7
A midsize luxury car, the sleek Audi A7 is actually a 5-door hatchback based on the Audi A6 sedan. It comes with a standard supercharged V-6 engine, Quattro all-wheel drive, and either Premium Plus or Prestige trim. The S7 is a performance-tuned version, and the RS 7 takes the car’s performance to an even higher level.
The 2016 Audi A7 receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Audi TT
Redesigned for 2016, the Audi TT is an all-wheel-drive sports car equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The coupe seats 4 people, but the rear seats are for occasional use only. The TT convertible is a 2-seat model. For greater performance, Audi also offers the TTS version of the coupe.
The 2016 Audi TT receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 BMW 2 Series
Available as a coupe or a convertible, the 2 Series is the least expensive car model offered by BMW to American customers. They have rear- or all-wheel drive, feature a choice between a turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engine, and come with a manual or an automatic transmission. A new performance-tuned M2 Coupe joins the lineup for 2016.
The 2016 BMW 2 Series receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment.
2016 BMW 4 Series
Based on the BMW 3 Series platform and powertrains, the BMW 4 Series comes in coupe, convertible, and 5-door hatchback varieties. That latter is known as the Gran Coupe. The 4 Series models feature turbocharged 4- or 6-cylinder engines, rear- or all-wheel drive, and while a manual gearbox remains available, it is an increasing rarity. Performance-tuned versions are called M4.
The 2016 BMW 4 Series receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Lexus GS
A midsize luxury sedan, the Lexus GS features a standard turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. A V-6 engine is available and can be paired with all-wheel drive. Additionally, the GS is offered as a hybrid model, and while F Sport option packages add excitement, the performance-tuned version is called the GS F.
The 2016 Lexus GS receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2016 Lexus RC
Equipped with seating for 4 people, the Lexus RC is a luxury coupe that draws from both the Lexus IS and Lexus GS parts bins. A turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive is standard, but the RC can be fitted with a V-6 engine and with an all-wheel-drive system. The RC F is the performance-tuned variant.
The 2016 Lexus RC receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium Car segment.
2016 Porsche 911
Available as a coupe, targa, or a convertible, Porsche’s iconic sports car, the 911, is offered in a broad array of variants, with three more new versions joining the lineup for the 2016 model year. Additionally, Porsche makes it easy to tailor a 911 through a long menu of colors, interior materials, mechanical and technological upgrades, and other options.
The 2016 Porsche 911 receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car segment.
2016 Porsche Boxster
Porsche’s entry-level sports car, the Boxster is a mid-engine 2-seat convertible that in some ways proves dynamically superior to even the classic 911 model. For 2016, a new Spyder version arrives with more power and less weight to deliver the most elemental Porsche sports car driving experience money can buy.
The 2016 Porsche Boxster receives an overall appeal Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5 and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium Sporty Car segment.