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Top-Rated Luxury Cars in the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study

Top-Rated Luxury Cars in the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study

By Christian Wardlaw, July 26, 2017

In order to measure what people like the most and the least about their new vehicles, J.D. Power conducts the annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. Surveying new-vehicle owners who have had their vehicles for at least 90 days, J.D. Power collects responses related to performance, design, layout, and features in order to determine which makes and models are the most appealing.

Power Circle Ratings are based on this data. Visual representations of the results of the research, the ratings are designed for use by consumers during the vehicle shopping process in order to make the best decision on a new car, truck, SUV, or van.

2017 Audi A4 Allroad photoThis buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2017 Luxury Cars from the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model listed in alphabetical order below receives a Power Circle Rating of 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.

2017 Audi A3

Audi updates the 2017 A3 with freshened styling and new technologies, and expands the lineup to include the performance-tuned RS 3 sedan. It joins the A3 Cabriolet, the A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid, and the A3/S3 sedan models. Clearly, there is something for just about everyone in the Audi A3 lineup.

The 2017 Audi A3 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment in a tie with the BMW 2 Series.

2017 Audi A4

Redesigned for 2017, the new Audi A4 is available with a choice between two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines and comes in sedan and wagon body styles, the latter sitting on a raised suspension and equipped with more rugged styling cues. For sedans, front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive an option. The A4 Allroad wagon includes AWD as standard equipment.

The 2017 Audi A4 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Compact Premium Car segment.

2017 Audi A7

Slotted a rung higher than the A6 sedan, the Audi A7 is a 5-door hatchback with a rakish roofline and plenty of performance. Three models are available, with the S7 and RS 7 delivering maximum power, luxury, and exclusivity. For 2017, Audi added standard features and a new Competition 3.0T trim, while enhancing the A7’s appearance and the RS 7’s performance.

The 2017 Audi A7 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Car segment in a tie with the Lincoln Continental.

2017 BMW 2 Series

New turbocharged engines result in a change in naming conventions for the 2017 BMW 2 Series. The new 230i has a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the new M240i has a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine, and the M2 Coupe continues unchanged save for a higher top speed. While the M2 is restricted to a coupe body style, the 230i and M240i can also be had as a convertible.

The 2017 BMW 2 Series receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Small Premium Car segment in a tie with the Audi A3.

2017 Infiniti Q60

It took nearly a decade, but Infiniti finally redesigned the Q60 for 2017, bringing the car out as a 2-door coupe with a wide range of powertrain and trim selections. Expressive design, turbocharged engines, available all-wheel drive, and multiple trim levels ensure that there is a Q60 that can appeal to a variety of luxury coupe buyers.

The 2017 Infiniti Q60 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.

2017 Lincoln Continental

People who own the new 2017 Continental appear to love the car. Larger inside than its exterior dimensions might suggest, the new Continental is offered with a range of drivetrains and in multiple trim levels. Lincoln’s exclusive Black Label buying experience emphasizes ownership benefits and bespoke vehicle specification, potentially helping to satisfy owners.

The 2017 Lincoln Continental receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Car segment in a tie with the Audi A7.

2017 Porsche 911

Porsche makes substantial changes to the 911 for the 2017 model year, installing new standard turbocharged engines, freshening the styling, and introducing a new GTS model range to the lineup. Exclusive GT3 and ultra-exclusive GT2 RS variants also arrive for 2017.

The 2017 Porsche 911 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5, and is the award recipient in the Midsize Premium Sporty Car segment.

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