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Cruze Ranks Fifth in J.D. Power ‘Apeal’ Study

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – In its annual Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout, or Apeal, rankings, J.D. Power has named the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze as one of the top cars in its segment.

The Cruze ranked fifth among compact cars and was the only American-made car in the top 10. Last year, the Cruze was placed at No. 18 on the list. It was given three stars – out of five – in all four rating categories: performance, comfort, style and features and instrument panel. The Mini Clubman was ranked No. 1 in the segment.

Chevrolet had two other vehicles ranked as No. 1 in their respective categories: the Bolt in Small Car and Tahoe in Large SUV.

The study measures “owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement across 77 attributes,” J.D. Power said in its announcement. Among categories are sense of comfort and their sense of power in the car. More than 70,000 drivers were surveyed.

“Many automakers are getting better and better at giving consumers what they want in a vehicle,” said Dave Sargent, vice president of global automotive for J.D. Power, in a release. “The industry is doing a very good job of creating vehicles customers like across every segment and the Apeal study identifies why this is. One clear reason is that nonpremium vehicles are increasingly offering technology and safety features found in premium vehicles.”

A full list of Apeal award winners can be found here.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.