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It’s a double three-peat.
Dodge and Porsche have been named the best mass market and premium brands on the 2022 JD Power’s APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) survey, marking the third year in a row they’ve topped the lists since the categories were separated in 2020. Porsche also won overall in 2019.
Unlike the JD Power Initial Quality Study (IQS)which tracks the number of problems owners experience with their vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership, the APEAL study ranks vehicles based on “design, performance, safety, usability, comfort, perceived quality and other factors.”
Porsche outscored Dodge this year, 888 to 856, on a 1,000-point scale. Genesis and Cadillac rounded out the top 3 premium brands, while Dodge was followed by Ram and GMC.
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The industry average fell for the first time since 2014 by one point, which was largely attributed to dissatisfaction with high gas prices and the driving range and charging speed limitations of electric vehicles.
“The most important factor leading to the industry decline this year is owners’ perception of their vehicles’ fuel economy,” David Amodeo, director of global automotive at JD Power, said.
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“The study was fielded as fuel prices were experiencing a meteoric rise, and that pinch at the pump is conveyed in lower vehicle satisfaction. Battery-electric vehicles have not been negatively affected by the increase in fuel costs but do have issues related to battery range and charging time.”
The averages for hybrids (832) and plug-in hybrids (835) trailed gas-powered vehicles (846) overall, as did electrics (838) other than Tesla, which received an 887 brand score.
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Here are the winners of the individual model segments:
Small car: Nissan Versa
Compact car: Mini Clubman
Compact premium car: Lexus IS
Compact sports car: Mini Cooper
Midsize car: Kia K5
Upper midsize premium car: Genesis G80
Large premium car: Mercedes-Benz EQS
Premium sports car: Porsche 911
Small SUV: Ford Bronco Sport
Small premium SUV: Mercedes-Benz GLA
Compact SUV: Kia EV6
Compact premium SUV: Genesis GV70
Midsize SUV: Nissan Murano
Midsize premium SUV: Infiniti QX60
Upper midsize SUV: Hyundai Palisade
Upper midsize premium SUV: BMW X6
Large SUV: Jeep Wagoneer
Large premium SUV: Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Minivan: Kia Carnival
Midsize pickup: Hyundai Santa Cruz
Large light duty pickup: Ram 1500
Large heavy duty pickup: Ford Super Duty