Land Rover has pulled off a notable worst-to-first performance with the folks at the J.D. Power Group, with much credit going to the new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover. Although the brand finished dead last in Power’s 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study—which, to be clear, looked at entries from the 2010 model year—the redesigned Range Rover was the No. 1 vehicle in the industry in the recently released 2013 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.
As list watchers likely know, the APEAL ratings seek to evaluate “how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive,” and this year were based on input from more than 83,000 drivers of 2013 model-year vehicles, who analyzed their satisfaction across more than 75 attributes after 90 days of ownership. After tallying up the numbers on the car side, the top three performers per segment (listed in order for segments with multiple choices rated above the industry average) were:
City Car—Fiat 500
Sub-Compact Car—Chevrolet Sonic, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent
Compact Car—Chevrolet Volt, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Golf
Compact Sporty Car—Volkswagen GTI, MINI Coupe/Roadster, Hyundai Veloster
Compact Premium Car—Lincoln MKZ, Audi A4/A5, BMW 3 Series
Compact Premium Sporty Car—Porsche Boxster, BMW Z4, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Midsize Car—Volkswagen Passat, Kia Optima, Honda Accord
Midsize Sporty Car—Ford Mustang
Midsize Premium Car—BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS
Midsize Premium Sporty Car—Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, Porsche 911, BMW 6 Series
Large Car—Dodge Charger, Hyundai Azera, Chrysler 300
Large Premium Car—Lexus LS, Audi A8, Hyundai Equus
Of particular note here are the second straight segment awards from the Chevy Volt and Chevy Sonic, strong showings for Volkswagen’s new car lineup, and more positive reactions to the redesigned Lincoln MKZ.