2011 Hyundai Equus
The results of the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study are out and family vehicles make up the bulk of the list.
The APEAL study takes a look at how “gratifying” a new vehicle is to own and drive and is based on owner comments three months after purchase or lease of the vehicle. This year’s study includes data from over 73,000 participants on 80 specific vehicle attributes.
While Porsche wins the manufacturer top nameplate award for the seventh consecutive year, there are a number of manufacturers represented in the individual vehicle awards that may be a bit surprising.
In the Large Premium Car segment, the 2011 Hyundai Equus – an all-new model – took the top spot ahead of the 2011 BMW 7-Series and 2011 Audi A8. The segment win is a big one for Hyundai, and establishes the Equus as a fairly serious contender in the large luxury sedan market – especially since there were many naysayers when the Korean automaker debuted its first luxury sedan a year ago.
Another surprise is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt, which earns the top spot in the Compact Car segment. All-new for 2011, the Chevy Volt beat out the 2011 Volkswagen Golf and the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer in the segment.
Hold on for yet another unexpected win. In the Midsize Car category, the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi takes top honors, ahead of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata and its corporate sibling the 2011 Kia Optima.
In the Midsize Premium Car segment, there’s only one highest-ranked entry listed: the 2011 BMW 5-Series.
In the Large Car segment, the 2011 Dodge Charger bested the 2011 Ford Taurus and 2011 Nissan Maxima.
Looking at the Minivan segment, there’s only the 2011 Honda Odyssey as the highest-ranked vehicle. The Odyssey was redesigned for 2011.
In the crossover and SUV categories, here are the segment winners:
Compact Crossover/SUV: 2011 MINI Countryman
Entry Premium Crossover/SUV: 2011 BMW X3 (redesigned for 2011)
Midsize Crossover/SUV: 2011 Dodge Durango (redesigned for 2011)
Large Crossover/SUV: 2011 Nissan Armada
Midsize Premium Crossover/SUV: 2011 Porsche Cayenne
Large Premium Crossover/SUV: 2011 Land Rover Range Rover
For the full list of segment winners, see the links below.