DETROIT — The 2016 Buick Cascada, 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and 2016 GMC Sierra HD were among the segment leaders in the 2016 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study.
Now in its 21st year, the APEAL study measures owners' levels of excitement and emotional attachment to their new vehicles.
It gauges these feelings across 77 vehicle attributes, including exterior, interior, driving dynamics, storage and space, engine and transmission, fuel economy, safety and technology features.
In all, General Motors topped other automakers with six individual models leading their segments in this year's study.
GM's winners included the Cascada (in the Compact Sporty Car segment), Camaro (Midsize Sporty Car), Sierra HD (Large Heavy Duty Pickup), as well as the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic (in the Small Car segment), Chevrolet Colorado (Midsize Pickup) and Chevrolet Tahoe (Large SUV).
Hyundai Motor Company was next in line with five segment leaders: the 2016 Hyundai Tucson (in the Small SUV segment), Kia Optima (Midsize Car), Kia Sedona (Minivan), Kia Sorento (Midsize SUV) and Kia Soul (Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle).
Porsche ranked first among brands in the study for the 12th straight year, followed by BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz (in a two-way tie for third), and then Land Rover, Lexus and Lincoln (in a three-way tie).
Volkswagen came in first among non-premium brands, followed by Mini, Kia, Ford, Ram and GMC.
Interestingly, the study also found that new vehicles equipped with advanced safety features, such as blind-spot monitoring and low-speed collision avoidance, scored higher than similar vehicles without these technologies.
As recently reported by Edmunds, these types of advanced safety systems ranked highest on the list of "must-have" features for new-car shoppers in the 2016 IHS Markit Connected Cars Survey, underscoring the importance of safety tech to consumers.
"Technology-enabled safety features help drivers feel more comfortable and confident while driving their vehicles," said Renee Stephens, J.D. Power's vice president of U.S. automotive quality, in a statement. "These features are also 'gateway technologies' to autonomous driving capabilities, so the continued level of consumer interest in them will be a critical metric to watch as the industry evolves toward including more automation in new vehicles."
Edmunds says: For shoppers in the market for a new vehicle, the APEAL study is an important one to consider because it provides opinions from real owners.