J.D. Power Awards

2012 Highest Performance Ratings

2012 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.

Highest rated Performance brand

Porsche built the most appealing vehicles in 2012.

Porsche
Once again, Porsche is the highest-ranked brand for overall appeal in 2012.
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Highest Performance small vehicles
Each year, J.D. Power surveys owners of new vehicles who have owned them for at least 90 days. In 2012, these were the top-ranked small cars and SUVs in terms of performance and design.
2012 Award Winners
Highest Performance compact vehicles
Vehicle appeal is important, no matter how much you're spending on a new vehicle. The following 2012 models offered the highest-ranked levels of design and performance.
2012 Award Winners
Highest Performance midsize vehicles
To learn which makes and models are the most appealing, J.D. Power asks original owners about the performance and design of their vehicles. The following 2012 midsize cars and SUVs were the most appealing models.
2012 Award Winners
Among Midsize Crossover/SUVs, the practical 2012 Ford Flex was the top-ranked model in performance and design.
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In performance and design, the stylish 2012 Audi A6 ranked highest in the Midsize Premium Car segment.
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Among Premium Sporty Cars, the voracious 2012 Porsche 911 was the top-ranked model in performance and design.
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Ranked highest among Midsize Sporty Cars, the forceful 2012 Dodge Challenger earned an award in performance and design.
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In performance and design, the slick 2012 Volkswagen Passat ranked highest (in a tie) in the Midsize Car segment.
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In the Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV segment, the mighty 2012 Porsche Cayenne ranked highest in performance and design.
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Among Entry Premium Crossover SUVs, the polished 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was the top-ranked model in performance and design.
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Highest-ranked in the Midsize Van segment, the handy 2012 Nissan Quest excelled in performance and design.
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The tough 2012 Nissan Frontier was ranked highest in the Midsize Pickup segment in performance and design.
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Highest-ranked in the Entry Premium Car segment, the praiseworthy 2012 BMW 3 Series excelled in performance and design.
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Highest Performance large vehicles
Based on feedback from original owners, the 2012 large cars and SUVs listed below are the most appealing models in their respective segments, according to J.D. Power research.
2012 Award Winners
Ranked highest among Large Pickups, the versatile 2012 Chevrolet Avalanche earned an award in performance and design.
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Highest-ranked in the Large Premium Car segment, the dazzling 2012 Audi A8 excelled in performance and design.
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In performance and design, the bellicose 2012 Dodge Charger ranked highest in the Large Car segment.
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In the Large Crossover/SUV segment, the big 2012 Ford Expedition ranked highest in performance and design.
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The accommodating 2012 Infiniti QX56 was the top-ranked model in the Large Premium Crossover/SUV segment in performance and design.
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Top-Rated 2012 Crossover SUVs: Performance & Design
Below, listed in alphabetical order, are the three crossover SUV models that achieved the highest ratings based on the results of the J.D. Power 2012 APEAL Study.SM
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Top-Rated 2012 Coupes and Convertibles: Performance & Design
The annual J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study (APEAL) is designed to measure how satisfied consumers are with their new vehicles in terms of performance, design, comfort, interior layout, standard and optional features, and more.
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Top-Rated 2012 Sedans: Performance & Design
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