J.D. Power Awards

2008 Highest Performance Ratings

2008 J.D. Power Performance ratings and awards are based on the feedback of verified car owners who have owned their vehicle for 90 days. This rating includes their opinions of the engine, transmission, driving dynamics, seat comfort, usability of technology, feel of safety and visibility.

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Highest Performance small vehicles
In 2008, these were the top-ranked small cars and SUVs in their respective segments in terms of performance and design.
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Highest Performance compact vehicles
In addition to offering a more affordable price and good gas mileage, compact cars and SUVs can be genuinely appealing in terms of performance and design. Check out the following models, for example, which ranked highest in performance and design in 2008.
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Highest Performance midsize vehicles
Appeal is an emotional measure of a vehicle, reflective of how you feel when you look at it, sit in it, and drive it. The following midsize cars and SUVs were the most appealing models in their respective segments in 2008.
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Highest Performance large vehicles
Vehicle shoppers seeking an appealing large car or SUV can consult the list below. It contains the highest-ranked 2008 models according to J.D. Power in terms of performance and design.
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2008 APEAL Study Results
Though America's ""love affair with the automobile"" may be showing signs of cooling off due to high gas prices, there is no denying that emotional appeal is still a critical factor in the new-car purchase decision. Current gas prices notwithstanding, many Americans still make new-car-purchase decisions on factors other than fuel economy. And although practicality and fuel economy have increased in importance in the vehicle selection process, it doesn't mean consumers are willing to compromise on performance. Things like exterior design, engine performance, handling, and the quality of the audio system are still the determining factors for many consumers. All of these factors, and more, are measured each year by J.D. Power and Associates in the firm's Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. The APEAL study measures owner delight with their vehicle's design, content, layout and performance following the first 90 days of ownership. This year's study finds that consumer satisfaction with vehicle performance actually declined slightly compared to last year, primarily due to a decline in satisfaction with fuel economy.
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