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Redesigned 2013 APEAL Study to Showcase Stars of Vehicle Performance and Design

Redesigned 2013 APEAL Study to Showcase Stars of Vehicle Performance and Design

By Jeff Youngs, July 15, 2013
Each year, J.D. Power surveys thousands of new-vehicle owners who have owned their car, truck, SUV, or van for at least 90 days, asking questions about more than 80 different vehicle attributes in order to measure how gratifying individual makes and models are to own and drive. These results are published as a part of the annual J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout StudySM (APEAL), which debuted in 1996. The study is used by manufacturers worldwide to improve vehicle performance and design, and by consumers to help them make more informed purchasing decisions.

Until now, J.D. Power has conducted its annual APEAL Study through the mail, using an 8-page, paper-based questionnaire. In 2013, for the first time, the APEAL Study is being conducted online. The move to an online platform is part of a study redesign that better measures the performance and design of today's vehicles, particularly with regard to new technologies and features now being offered, and which allows for more detailed feedback from new-vehicle owners.

Results of the 2013 APEAL Study will be released on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.

2012 in Review
A quick look back at the 2012 APEAL Study reveals that as car buyers downsized to obtain vehicles offering better fuel economy, they discovered that smaller vehicles are often just as appealing to own and drive as larger vehicles. Porsche was the highest-ranked nameplate for an eighth consecutive year, Chevrolet received the highest number of segment awards among all brands, and the Audi A8 achieved the highest score of any model in the industry.

For reference, the top-rated 2012 car, truck, SUV and van models in the 2012 APEAL Study are listed below, in alphabetical order:

  • Audi A6
  • Audi A8
  • BMW 3 Series
  • Dodge Challenger
  • Dodge Charger
  • Ford Expedition
  • Ford Flex
  • Infiniti QX56
  • Kia Optima
  • Kia Soul
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
  • Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
  • Mini Countryman
  • Mini Coupe/Roadster
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Nissan Quest
  • Porsche 911
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Volkswagen Passat

Be sure to bookmark in your Web browser and return to the site on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to see the top-rated 2013 car, truck, SUV and van models for performance and design.

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