Here Are The Cars Consumers Are Liking Best
An annual JD Power study examines the things consumers like most about their new vehicles based on eight categories: engine/transmission, ride, handling and braking, comfort/convenience, seats, dashboard panel, heating, ventilation and cooling, sound system, and styling/exterior. The company gets its info directly from car-buyer surveys.
For 2014, the overall highest-ranked nameplate was Porsche. It marked the 10th consecutive year that Porsche took the top spot. For non-premium brands, Hyundai took top honors. In addition to overall awards, JD Power bestows top honors to cars in a variety of different segments (small car, sporty car, luxury car, etc.). We've compiled all of the winners here for you to peruse.
Head on through to see the cars with which consumers are most satisfied.
Small Car - 2014 Hyundai Accent
Sticker Price: $14,645 - $16,395
Invoice Price: $14,248 - $15,919
Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
The Hyundai Accent, which is available as both a sedan and hatchback, offers a stylish design, excellent fuel economy and lots of great features. The Accent is available in several trims: GS or SE on the hatchback and GLS on the four-door sedan. A 138-hp 1.6-liter double overhead-cam engine sends power to the front wheels. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.
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Compact Car - 2014 Dodge Dart
Sticker Price: $16,495 - $22,995
Invoice Price: $16,449 - $22,364
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 36 mpg Highway
The Dodge Dart is sporty and striking small sedan available in five trim levels: SE, AERO, SXT, GT and Limited. Depending on trim level the engine choices range from a 160 horsepower 2.0-liter engine, a 160 horsepower MultiAir Intercooled Turbo 1.4-liter engine or a 184 horsepower 2.4-liter engine. Transmission choices are either a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or a six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT). Available equipment includes high-intensity discharge remote headlamps, remote start system, proximity keyless entry, Keyless Enter-N-Go push-button start and rain-sensitive wipers.
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Compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle - 2014 Kia Soul
Sticker Price: $14,900 - $20,500
Invoice Price: $14,595 - $19,521
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The trendy Kia Soul offers loads of interior room, versatility and a unique design. All in all, it's a great value buy. There are three variations of Soul's to choose from: Base Soul, Soul +, and Soul !. The Base front-wheel drive, five-passenger Soul is powered by a 130-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with power being delivered through a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. All the other trims are powered by a 164-hp 2.0-liter four cylinder engine attached to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
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Compact Premium Car - 2014 BMW 428i
Sticker Price: $40,500 - $50,750
Invoice Price: $37,260 - $46,690
Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 35 mpg Highway
Formerly known as the 328i coupe/convertible, the BMW 428i is a luxurious and superbly fun-to-drive offering from the German automaker. The 428i coupe is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, while the convertible is rear-wheel drive only. Both body styles are powered by a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual transmission (RWD coupe only) or an eight-speed automatic. BMW's Air Curtain, auto stop-start and Brake Energy Regeneration alternator help to make this car quite fuel efficient.
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Compact Premium Sporty Car - 2014 Porsche Boxster
Sticker Price: $50,400 - $62,100
Invoice Price: NA
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The Porsche Boxster is generally considered to be one of the most fun-to-drive cars on the planet. The rear-wheel drive Boxster is offered in two trim levels: Base and S. The Base is powered by a 265-hp 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection, while the S boasts a 315-hp 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection. Both are mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Porsche's PDK seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, including manual shift mode and steering wheel paddles, is optional.
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Compact Sporty Car - 2014 Volkswagen GTISticker Price: $25,095 - $29,695
Invoice Price: $24,091 - $28,507
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
The Volkswagen GTI offers a heck of a lot of bang for the buck. It's little wonder why people like this hot hatch so much. The GTI is available as a four-door, with a 200-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, (DSG), which allows the driver to shift sequentially, without doing the clutch work, via paddles on the steering wheel or the shift lever itself. Features such as well-bolstered cloth sport seats with plaid inserts, halogen fog lamps, alloy pedals and SIRIUS satellite radio are standard.
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Large Car - 2014 Dodge Charger
Sticker Price: $26,995 - $46,385
Invoice Price: $25,966 - $44,770
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The Dodge Charger is a boldly-designed and burly large sedan available in SE, Rallye, R/T and SRT8 trims. SE and Rallye models come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6. A 370-hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8 comes on R/T models. SRT8 features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on Rallye and R/T trims. Available features include HID headlights, heated front and rear seats, satellite radio, blind spot detection, leather trimmed power seats, power adjustable pedals, navigation system, power sunroof and more.
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Large Premium Car - 2014 Audi A8
Sticker Price: $75,100 - $135,900
Invoice Price: $69,844 - $126,388
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 28 mpg Highway
The A8 is Audi's flagship sedan, offering an uber-luxurious interior, great driving dynamics and a sleek exterior design. The five-passenger A8 comes in six variations: 3.0T NWB (normal wheelbase), 4.0T NWB, 3.0T LWB (long wheelbase), 3.0 TDI LWB, 4.0T LWB and the W12 LWB. The 3.0T sports a supercharged V6 with 333-hp, the 3.0 TDI V6 makes 240-hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, the 4.0T is a twin-turbo direct-injection V8 producing 420 horsepower and the W12 is a 6.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine with direct-injection and 500 horsepower.
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Midsize Car - 2014 Mazda6
Sticker Price: $20,990 - $29,695
Invoice Price: $20,035 - $28,038
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway
The Mazda6 is arguably the best-looking and the best-driving midsize sedan available right now. According to JD Power, those attributes are delighting its buyers. The Mazda6 is offered in three trim levels: Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. The only engine choice is a 2.5-liter 184-hp, direct injection, SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine. Available features, depending on trim level, include 19-inch wheels, HD radio, a eleven-speaker Bose audio system, blind-spot monitoring system, an intelligent key system and a power moonroof.
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Midsize Premium Car - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Sticker Price: $72,100 - $106,500
Invoice Price: $67,053 - $99,045
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers a distinctive design as well as all of the luxury expected from the German automaker. The CLS features a coupe-like silhouette that still manages to incorporate sedan-like four doors. The CLS550 and CLS550 4MATIC (all-wheel drive) are equipped with a 402-hp bi-turbo 4.6-liter V8 engine. The more aggressive CLS63 AMG 4MATIC has a 518-hp 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 (550-hp with the AMG Performance Package). With features like power front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, six-disc satellite surround sound audio and doors that shut themselves if you forget, comfort and convenience are everywhere.
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Midsize Premium Sporty Car - 2014 Porsche 911
Sticker Price: $84,300 - $193,900
Invoice Price: NA
Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars on the road, renowned for its superb handling dynamics and speed. The 911 is available as either a coupe or a cabriolet, and drive type choices include rear- or all-wheel drive in Carrera models, all-wheel drive only in the Turbo, and rear-wheel drive only in the track-ready GT3. The Carrera is powered by a 350-hp direct-injection 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder, while the Carrera S is powered by a 400-hp direct-injection 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine. The Turbo is a 520-hp version of the 3.8-liter (560-hp in the Turbo S). The GT3 includes a high revving 3.8-liter naturally aspirated flat-six making 475-hp at 8,250rpm.
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Midsize Sporty Car - 2014 Dodge Challenger
Sticker Price: $26,495 - $44,685
Invoice Price: $25,486 - $43,186
Fuel Economy: 18 mpg City, 27 mpg Highway
The Dodge Challenger pays homage to the Detroit muscle cars of old, with a retro design and powerful engine options. The Challenger is available in three trims: base, R/T and SRT8. The base trim is powered by a new 305-hp 3.6-liter V6 with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The R/T's 5.7-liter HEMI V8 features 372 horsepower with the standard 5-speed automatic with sequential shift control, and 376 horsepower with the optional 6-speed manual. The SRT8's 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine is mated to a standard 5-speed automatic with sequential shift control or an optional 6-speed manual, and produces 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
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