After the first 90 days of car ownership, has that honeymoon afterglow worn off, or do you find your buying decision more vindicated than ever? That’s what the J.D. Power APEAL survey is here to find out. Using the criteria of engine/transmission; ride, handling and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior, the organization takes feedback from new owners after the first 90 days to see which cars are still worth their mettle.

Leading the way for the most overall category wins are the Volkswagen Group–which includes Porsche and Audi–and General Motors. Note that Volkswagen’s five winners aren’t all core models, and include the Porsche Boxster and Cayenne, and the Audi Allroad. Recently, the automaker purchased Porsche, which has two vehicles–the Boxster and Cayenne–on the list. Chevrolet, most specifically, had the most overall winners with three: The Volt, Avalanche, and Sonic subcompact.

J.D. Power says that the APEAL survey skews towards new models because the afterglow almost certainly hasn’t worn off 90 days after purchasing something only you have on your block. However, the company notes that the Acura ILX, Scion FR-S, Acura RDX, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and Subaru BRZ all fell below average. Other models like the Chevrolet Avalanche, Ford F-Series Super Duty, and Volkswagen GTI are nearing the end of their current generations. This year’s results are a little more scattered. Here’s how they fared:

City Car: 2013 Fiat 500
Compact CUV: 2013 Mazda CX-5
Compact Car: 2013 Chevrolet Volt
Compact Multipurpose Vehicle: 2013 Kia Soul
Compact Premium CUV: 2013 Audi allroad
Compact Premium Car: 2013 Lincoln MKZ
Compact Premium Sporty Car: 2013 Porsche Boxster
Compact Sporty Car: 2013 Volkswagen GTI
Large CUV: 2013 Nissan Armada
Large Car: 2013 Dodge Charger
Large Heavy-Duty Pickup: 2013 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
Large Light-Duty Pickup: 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
Large Premium CUV: 2013 Land Rover Range Rover
Large Premium Car: 2013 Lexus LS
Midsize CUV: 2013 Nissan Murano
Midsize Car: 2013 Volkswagen Passat
Midsize Premium CUV: 2013 Porsche Cayenne
Midsize Premium Car: 2013 BMW 5 Series
Midsize Premium Sporty Class: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Midsize Sporty Car: 2013 Ford Mustang
Minivan: 2013 Honda Odyssey
Subcompact CUV: 2013 Buick Encore
Subcompact Car: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

Source: J.D. Power

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