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JD Power Survey: America’s Best-Loved Cars

Volkswagen tops the list


This year’s edition of the JD Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout results have been revealed, and 2013’s biggest winners are Volkswagen (VLKAY), General Motors (GM), and Ford (F).

Volkswagen made the biggest headlines by snatching five of the 23 segment awards, The Detroit News reports. The APEAL scores are set on a 1,000-point scale, and the German company’s Porsche topped the list of brands with an 884 score.

The top five was rounded out by Audi, BMW (BAMXY), Land Rover and Toyota’s (TM) Lexus. Land Rover took home the prize of having the model with the highest score — its Range Rover was the first car in 18 years to beat out every large premium car in the category.

Ford’s Lincoln and GM’s Buick are among some of the other brands that received high scores from customers.

Expensive vehicles usually fare better in the survey because people who spend top dollar for a premium brand tend to give it a high score. APEAL scores are based on the design and performance of vehicles in eight categories including their engine, control, comfort, and exterior.

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