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Cars With the Highest Owner Satisfaction

Both Hyundai and Porsche owners are the most satisfied with how their vehicles perform, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM released earlier this month.

Now in its 19th year, the APEAL Study evaluates how owners feel about their vehicle on 77 different attributes, including fuel economy, interior styling, and technology. The points are all added up and measured on a 1,000-point scale.

For the 10th year in a row, Porsche received the highest score of 882 among premium brands. Other high-ranking premium brands included Jaguar (862), Audi (858) and Land Rover (853). As for non-premium brands, Hyundai took the top spot with a score of 804. Also ranked high for non-premium brands were Ram (800), Volkswagen (796) and MINI (795).

Porsche also ranked high when it came to the segment awards, winning three awards for the 911, Boxster and Cayenne. Dodge also won three segment awards for the Challenger, Charger and Dart.

Below is a look at how all manufacturers fared in this year's APEAL Study.

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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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