Nissan Maxima ranked top large car for second straight year in J.D. Power 2019 APEAL Study

  • APEAL award follows Maxima sedan’s first place segment finish in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS)
  • Nissan’s strong sedan showing includes Altima, which tied for top ranking in the APEAL Midsize Car segment
  • Nissan Armada and Murano also ranked above APEAL segment averages

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Nissan prepares to launch an all-new, redesigned 2020 Versa compact sedan next week, its flagship Maxima sedan continues to make a strong showing in J.D. Power consumer studies. Maxima today was named the top ranked vehicle in the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM Large Car segment for the second consecutive year. The award follows Maxima’s top ranking in the 2019 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS) Large Car segment, making it one of only seven vehicles to earn both awards this year.

Nissan’s strength in sedans continues with Nissan Altima, which tied for best Midsize Car with two other vehicles in the 2019 APEAL Study. With a refreshed Maxima, all-new Altima and the upcoming all-new Versa Nissan is set to have one of the freshest sedan lineups in the industry.

Three other 2019 Nissan models performed better than the non-premium APEAL average in their respective categories: Armada, Murano and TITAN. In the 2019 IQS awards, TITAN was ranked not only the best performer in the “Large Light Duty Pickup” segment, but also tied for seventh in fewest overall problems among all vehicles studied.

The annual APEAL Study, now in its 24th year, surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, giving owners a platform to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVs across 77 specific attributes. The results are combined into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale.

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