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The 21 new vehicles that make their owners happiest

first_img Runners up:Nissan Titan and Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra A thorough refresh saw the 2017 Audi A4 sport sedan move to a new, longer platform shared with the Q7 crossover. The four-door is offered in Komfort, Progressiv and Technik trims.Runners up:Infiniti Q60 and BMW 4 SeriesMidsize car: Nissan AltimaCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Nissan Altima Trending in Canada Hyundai’s upstart Genesis brand has beaten old-money rivals such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi in a wide-ranging U.S. study of how happy owners are with their brand new vehicles. And Cadillac and Lincoln topped Lexus and Jaguar in the same study of 70,000 purchasers and lessees of new, 2017 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership.J.D. Power’s 2017 APEAL study asked purchasers how gratifying their new vehicle was to them, taking into account 77 attributes ranging from performance to execution to layout. Porsche, as it has for 13 consecutive years, ranked highest among brands, ahead of the No. 2 marque, Genesis, while Mini scored best in the non-luxury category. Chrysler ranked as the most improved brand.“Many automakers are getting better and better at giving consumers what they want in a vehicle,” said Dave Sargent, vice president, global automotive at J.D. Power in a release. “One clear reason is that non-premium vehicles are increasingly offering technology and safety features found in premium vehicles.” advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” It’s no surprise the Audi A3 and BMW 2 Series tied: both are extremely competent and fun to drive cars. The 2-Series, either as a 230i and M240i, delivers great performance. And the A3, refreshed for 2017, comes in four models: A3 sedan, A3 cabriolet, S3 sedan and the e-tron Sportback plug-in hybrid.Runner up:BMW i3Compact car: Mini Cooper ClubmanCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22016 Mini Cooper S Clubman COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS All new for 2017, Honda’s CR-V gained a much improved interior and styling to become Canada’s second most popular small SUV, behind the Toyota RAV4. New for 2017 is an optional turbocharged engine.Runners up: Nissan Rogue and Buick EnvisionCompact premium SUV: Porsche MacanCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche Macan The Ford F-150, Canada’s favourite truck and best-selling vehicle overall, won the hearts of buyers with an aluminum body, smart interior and range of engine options, including two turbocharged V6 options – one a 2.7L, the other a 3.5L now with 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Based on the Audi Q5 platform, the Porsche Macan is available in base form for $54,100 and with four-cylinder engine, or the mightier Macan S, GTS or Turbo with six-cylinder power. All-wheel drive and Porsche’s PDK double-clutch transmission are standard.Runners up: Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and BMW X3.Midsize SUV: Nissan MuranoCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Nissan Murano New for 2017, the second-generation Honda Ridgeline gains far better styling, along with higher levels performance, cargo hauling and towing capabilities than before – up to 2,268 kilograms, or 5,000 pounds.Runners up:GMC Canyon and Chevrolet ColoradoMinivan: Chrysler PacificaCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Chrysler Pacifica See More Videos The venerable Porsche 911, a car that’s been loved since the first model in 1964, repeats its victory in this study for the 13th year running. And why not? It truly is a driver’s car in every way, answering the call for quality, durability, performance and luxury at a price that’s far below other cars of comparable pedigree.Runner up: NoneLarge car: Kia CadenzaCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Kia Cadenza Car Review: 2017 Audi S3 Technik Handout / Honda Trending Videos The third Porsche to take a top spot in the study, the Cayenne comes in no less than eight configurations, from the base model at $69,600 to the Turbo S at $182,600.Runners up: Audi Q7, BMW X5Midsize pickup: Honda RidgelineCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Honda Ridgeline Like the Tahoe on which it is based, the Cadillac Escalade was also new in 2015. The fourth-generation truck received a more luxurious cabin, higher level of fit-and-finish, and active noise cancellation.Runners-up: Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-ClassLarge light-duty pickup: Ford F-150Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford F-150 with the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGS2 Series3 Door911A3A4AltimaAudiBMWBoltCadenzaCadillacCayenneChallengerChevroletChryslerClubmanContinentalCR-VDodgeEscaladeF-150FordHondaKiaLincolnMacanMINIMuranoNiroNissanPacificaPorscheRidgelineTahoeX1X5NewsAudi A3Audi A4Audi A7Audi AGAudi e-tronAudi Q5Audi Q7Automotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive TechnologyBMW AGBMW i3BMW X1BMW X3BMW X5Cadillac EscaladeCanadaCars and Car DesignChevrolet CamaroChevrolet ColoradoChevrolet SilveradoChevrolet SonicChevrolet TahoeChrysler LLCChrysler PacificaCulture and LifestyleDave SargentDerek McNaughtonDodge ChallengerDodge ChargerDodge DurangoDr. Ing. h.c. F. 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The Audi A7 gets a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 with 333 horsepower and 325 lb.-ft of torque.Runner up:Volvo S90Midsize premium sports car: Porsche 911Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Porsche 911 4S Able to tow an impressive 3,900 kilograms, Chevrolet’s Tahoe was new in 2015 and has seen a number of technology enhancements since, including 4G Wifi connectivity. All Tahoes get smooth ride suspension system, while top tier LTZ models benefit from GM’s Magnetic Ride Control.Runner up:GMC YukonLarge premium SUV: Cadillac EscaladeCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Cadillac Escalde New from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Chrysler Pacifica delivers a decent ride, enormous space and a quiet, comfortable interior. A hybrid version – the first for a minivan – is also available.Runners up: NoneLarge SUV: Chevrolet TahoeCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Not quite an SUV and not quite a hatchback, the Kia Niro hybrid crossover starts at just under $25,000 in Canada. Power comes from a 1.6-litre direct-injected four-cylinder engine teamed with an electric motor and a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion battery, for a total of 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.Runners up:Buick Encore and Kia Sportage.Small premium SUV: BMW X1Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2BMW X1 Longer, wider and higher than its predecessor, the third-generation Mini Cooper gets a 134-horsepower, 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Meanwhile, the Cooper S comes with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, with 189 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.Runner up: NoneCompact premium car Audi A4Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Audi A4 Unique styling helps set the Nissan Murano apart, even though it’s received few changes since 2015 outside some interior and technology enhancements. Power comes from a 260-horsepower, 3.5L V6 connected to a continuously variable transmission feeding the front-wheels or an intuitive all-wheel drive setup.Runners up: Dodge Durango and Subaru OutbackMidsize premium SUV: Porsche CayenneCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche Cayenne S Diesel Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The Chevrolet Bolt, Honda CR-V and Porsche 911 are just some of the highest-ranking vehicles in J.D. Power’s latest APEAL survey. Unchanged from the 2016 model, the Nissan Altima is a favourite of the rental fleet and for good reason: it does most things very well. Starting at $23,998, the Altima also comes in an array of models to meet a range of budgets.Runners up:Honda Accord and Kia OptimaMidsize sports car: Dodge ChallengerCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Dodge Challenger Demon Starting at $27,490, the second-generation Mini Cooper Clubman gets larger dimensions and two real doors for rear-seat passengers. An all-wheel-drive system is available for base and S models.Runners up:Honda Civic and Volkswagen JettaCompact sports car: Mini CooperCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Mini Cooper S PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Prices start at $42,800 before rebates.Runners up:Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota YarisRELATEDvolt/auto-news/news/bolt-vs-volt”>Sibling rivalry: Chevrolet Bolt vs. Chevrolet Volt A range of colours, a range of engines – from fuel saving to monstrously powerful – and a wide variety of trims set the Dodge Challenger apart with unmistakable styling that still looks fresh even though the basic design is years old.Runner up:Chevrolet CamaroMidsize premium car: Audi A7, Lincoln Continental (tie)Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Lincoln Continental Small premium car: Audi A3, BMW 2 Series (tie)Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Audi A3 sedan We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. According to J.D. Power, these were the highest-ranked vehicles by segment:Small car: Chevrolet BoltCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Chevrolet Bolt Starting at $40,300 in Canada, the BMW X1 xDrive 28i comes with standard AWD. A new 228-horsepwoer, 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 258 lb.-ft. of torque is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.Runner up: Range Rover EvoqueCompact SUV: Honda CR-VCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Honda CR-Vlast_img read more