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Domestics Please Owners More Than Imports

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J.D. Power and Associates releases short- and long-term dependability studies that measure how well new vehicles hold up over time. The company’s APEAL study looks at how pleased buyers are with their new cars, irrelevant of defects.

APEAL stands for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout, and J.D. Power says only two of the study’s winners also scored at the top of its Initial Quality Study: the Chevrolet Avalanche and Ford Taurus.

Now that we understand the playing field, who had the best score? Ford, with five vehicles ranking at the top of their vehicle classes. But luxury nameplates overall ruled the brand rankings with Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover taking the top five spots.

So how did we come up with that headline? On average, domestic brands scored 787 points out of 1,000, while imports — from Asia and Europe — scored an average of 774 points.

Check out the full rankings below and let us know if you think this kind of study would help while you search for a new car.

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