With the 2014 Hyundai Accent leading the way, Hyundai was the top-scoring non-premium brand in this year's J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. Itself positioned as the "industry benchmark for new-vehicle appeal," the report this year drew on data from more than 86,000 vehicle owners and lessees, who provided feedback across more than 75 vehicle attributes.
Now, it is true that the only segment winner for the brand was the 2014 Hyundai Accent, but that victory did come in the "Compact Car" category, and that's one of the toughest segments in the business. Consider: In setting the pace in that class, the 2014 Hyundai Accent had to defeat rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Sonic, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris. Also, beyond the strong performance of the 2014 Hyundai Accent, the Hyundai Sonata captured third place in a very tight battle for supremacy among mid-size sedans and was, in fact, just two points behind the top finisher.