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Research 2012 Highest Performance Ratings

2012 J.D. Power Performance ratings and awards are based on the driving experience 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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In terms of overall driving experience, Porsche built the highest-ranked vehicles in 2012.

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Once again, Porsche is the highest-ranked brand for overall appeal in 2012.
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See 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 driving experience.
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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 driving experience and performance.
2012 Award Winners
In performance and driving experience, the electrified 2012 Chevrolet Volt ranked highest in the Compact Car segment.
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Highest-ranked in the Compact Premium Sporty Car segment, the engaging 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class excelled in performance and driving experience.
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See Highest Performance midsize vehicles
To learn which makes and models are the most appealing, J.D. Power asks original owners about the performance and driving experience of their vehicles. The following 2012 midsize cars and SUVs were the most appealing models.
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In performance and driving experience, the stylish 2012 Audi A6 ranked highest in the Midsize Premium Car segment.
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The tough 2012 Nissan Frontier was ranked highest in the Midsize Pickup segment in performance and driving experience.
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In performance and driving experience, the value-oriented 2012 Kia Optima ranked highest (in a tie) in the Midsize Car segment.
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See 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.
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In performance and driving experience, the bellicose 2012 Dodge Charger ranked highest in the Large Car segment.
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