In the survey firm's study of consumer's feelings about the design, content, layout and performance of their new vehicle, import brands were top-ranked in 13 of 19 market segments.

Only five U.S. brands were ranked above average - Hummer, Cadillac, Lincoln, GMC and Mercury.

Porsche was the highest scoring brand, garnering 906 points out of a possible 1,000. Rounding out the top five were Land Rover, Lexus, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.

A few highlights:
Best Compact: MINI Cooper
Best Premium Midsize Car: Kia Amanti (pictured)
Best Sporty Car: Ford Mustang
Best Midsize Pickup: Honda Ridgeline
Best Entry SUV: Kia Sportage
Best Full-Size SUV: Nissan Armada


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