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Best Vehicles According to J.D. Power Study

August 1, 2013

The most appealing vehicles tend to remain on dealer lots for shorter periods, command higher transaction prices, and are more likely to create owner loyalty when they are ultimately traded in, according to the J.D. Power 2013 US Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study, released in late July.

In this year's APEAL Study -- where owners evaluate their vehicles across 77 attributes that combine into an overall APEAL score on a 1,000-point scale -- the Volkswagen Group received the highest number of segment awards of all car brands.

Chevrolet received the highest number of segment awards of any brand for the Avalanche, Sonic and Volt models, all of which received awards in 2012. Ford received model awards for the F-250/F-350 Super Duty and Mustang, while Nissan also received two model awards for the Armada and Murano.

The Land Rover Range Rover achieved the highest APEAL score of any model in the industry in 2013. And Porsche was the highest-ranked nameplate for the ninth consecutive year, while Ram was named highest-ranked non-premium nameplate.

If you are considering adding any of these top ranking vehicles to your garage, make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the biggest discounts.

Images courtesy J.D. Power and Associates





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- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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