Image: http://www.planete-gt.comWhen you drive your new car home, the honeymoon has started and you take great care to make sure your new “baby” is pampered and well taken care of. But how much does your car appeal to you after 90 days?

Suddenly little things that didn’t bother you before are starting to get on your nerves such as mysterious squeaks coming from the suspension, handling that isn’t as good as you once thought it was, loud road noise, and worst of all, reliability issues.

J.D. Power and Associates decided to find out which cars in the United States had the highest appeal to owners after three months of ownership. The top car for this category may surprise you.

How It Was Done

The annual APEAL study (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout) surveyed owners and lessees regarding the appeal of their new cars after 90 days of driving them. There were a possible 1000 points that were based upon 77-key factors representing overall appeal and satisfaction with the cars.

Who’s the Boss?

For the 11th straight year Porsche topped all other cars with a score of 874 points out 1000. Close behind in ranking was Jaguar at 855 points, BMW with 854 points, Mercedes-Benz with 853 points, and Audi with 852 points.

Interestingly enough, American made cars, such as GMC, RAM, Buick, Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Chrysler all scored higher in appeal than Japanese car makers Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda.

Kia and Hyundai cars, both made in South Korea, scored ahead of the Americans and Japanese cars for appeal.

The cars at the bottom of the barrel for appeal after 90 days were Smart and Fiat, with Smart coming in dead last. The rankings for these cars isn’t a surprise however because Fiat and Smart are consistently named among the least reliable cars made today.

Premium vs. Non-Premium Cars

Premium cars are the expensive ones, and are generally manufactured for performance, luxury, comfort, or styling. Non-premium cars are your everyday consumer cars. But what used to be a wide gap between these two classes of cars, as far as appeal after 3 months, has narrowed significantly.

This is the closest the two car classes have been in the past 10 years. The gap between premium and non-premium is only 16 points.

Source: Motor Trend

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