2021 Best Performance And Design Awards

When it comes to quality and performance, you don’t have to compromise. Let the experts take the driver’s seat and see how cars, trucks and SUVs stack up in our reviews. From brand to vehicle size, here are the highest quality vehicles on the market.

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2021 Best Performance And Design Brand

Each year, J.D. Power recognizes the highest-ranked overall nameplate in the APEAL Study.

Best Performance And Design Small Vehicles

These are the highest-ranked small cars and SUVs in this year's APEAL Study.
2012  Chevrolet  Sonic J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP SMALL CAR

Chevrolet Sonic

Best Performance And Design Compact Vehicles

These are the highest-ranked compact cars and SUVs in this year's APEAL Study.
2012  Chevrolet  Volt J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP COMPACT CAR

Chevrolet Volt

2012  MINI  Countryman J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP COMPACT CROSSOVER SUV

MINI Countryman

2012  Kia  Soul J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP COMPACT MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLE

Kia Soul

2012  Mercedes-Benz  SLK-Class J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP COMPACT PREMIUM SPORTY

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class

2012  MINI  Coupe/Roadster J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP COMPACT SPORTY

MINI Coupe/Roadster

Best Performance And Design Midsize Vehicles

These are the highest-ranked midsize cars and SUVs in this year's APEAL Study.
2012  BMW  3 Series J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP ENTRY PREMIUM CAR

BMW 3 Series

2012  Land Rover  Range Rover Evoque J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP ENTRY PREMIUM CROSSOVER SUV

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

2012  Volkswagen  Passat J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE CAR

Volkswagen Passat

2012  Kia  Optima J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE CAR

Kia Optima

2012  Ford  Flex J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE CROSSOVER SUV

Ford Flex

2012  Nissan  Frontier J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE PICKUP

Nissan Frontier

2012  Audi  A6 J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE PREMIUM CAR

Audi A6

2012  Porsche  Cayenne J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE PREMIUM CROSSOVER SUV

Porsche Cayenne

2012  Dodge  Challenger J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE SPORTY

Dodge Challenger

2012  Nissan  Quest J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP MIDSIZE VAN

Nissan Quest

2012  Porsche  911 J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP PREMIUM SPORTY

Porsche 911

Best Performance And Design Large Vehicles

These are the highest-ranked large cars and SUVs in this year's Initial Quality Study.
2012  Dodge  Charger J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP LARGE CAR

Dodge Charger

2012  Ford  Expedition J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP LARGE CROSSOVER SUV

Ford Expedition

2012  Chevrolet  Avalanche J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP LARGE PICKUP

Chevrolet Avalanche

2012  Audi  A8 J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP LARGE PREMIUM CAR

Audi A8

2012  Infiniti  QX56 J.D. Power Award
2012 TOP LARGE PREMIUM CROSSOVER SUV

Infiniti QX56

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Top-Rated 2012 Coupes: Performance & Design

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Top-Rated 2012 Crossover SUVs: Performance & Design

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Top-Rated 2012 Hatchbacks: Performance & Design

Top-Rated 2012 Hatchbacks: Performance & Design

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Top-Rated 2012 Pickups: Performance & Design

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Top-Rated 2012 Sedans: Performance & Design

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Top-Rated 2012 SUVs: Performance & Design

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Top-Rated 2012 Vans: Performance & Design

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