WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California — The Chevrolet Corvette, Dodge Challenger, Ford F-150 and Porsche Macan are ranked among the top models by vehicle segment in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout or APEAL study.
The study, now in its 20th year, is a critical one for car shoppers, since it tracks new-vehicle appeal, especially how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive.
Several brands received multiple segment awards in the study.
The study also pointed out the growing acceptance of safety technologies and their impact on increasing vehicle appeal.
The study found that 36 percent of owners have blind-spot monitoring and warning systems in their vehicles, up seven percentage points from 2014.
A previous J.D. Power study found that consumers are willing to spend substantially more on vehicles that include certain safety features.
The APEAL study is based on responses from more than 84,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2015 model-year cars and trucks who were surveyed after 90 days of ownership.
Edmunds says: If you are in the market for a new car or truck, this is a critical study to consider, since it's all about word-of-mouth recommendations from real people.