Every year, J.D. Power conducts the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study in order to measure what people like the most and least about their vehicles.
Responses from new-vehicle owners who have had their vehicles for at least 90 days pertain the performance, design, layout, and features, and from this research J.D. Power is able to determine which makes and models are the most appealing in various market segments. This data also forms the basis for Power Circle Ratings. These ratings are visual summaries of the APEAL Study’s findings, and can be used by new-vehicle shoppers to help them to make the best decision while selecting a vehicle.
This buyer’s guide highlights the top-rated 2017 Luxury SUVs priced over $50,000 from the 2017 U.S. APEAL Study. Each model listed in alphabetical order below receives a Power Circle Rating of 4 or 5 out of a possible 5 for overall appeal.
2017 Audi Q7
Audi redesigned the Q7 for 2017, retaining seating for up to seven people and offering the SUV with standard all-wheel drive. Turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines provide the power, and the Q7 is offered in three different levels of specification, and with a variety of modern technologies.
The 2017 Audi Q7 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 5 out of 5.
2017 BMW X5
Available as a 5-passenger or 7-passenger midsize SUV, the BMW X5 is offered with turbocharged 6-cylinder and V8 engines, as well as with a plug-in electric drivetrain providing nearly 15 miles of electric range. For 2017, the X5 received a new infotainment system and a variety of equipment adjustments.
The 2017 BMW X5 receives an APEAL Power Circle Rating of 4 out of 5.
2017 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac made few changes to the 2017 Escalade, which continues in standard and extended length variants powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine. A simplified trim level ladder, a new video-based rear camera mirror, and semi-autonomous parking assist are new, along with a handful of colors and 22-inch…