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2012 Cars Drivers Love Best

Jul 26, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

 
While it would be reasonable to assume that the the models most beloved by their owners are also the best-selling vehicles, based on the sheer numbers of buyers, that’s not necessarily the case. Those choosing segment stalwarts like the Toyota Camry midsize sedan and the Ford Escape crossover SUV no doubt like and even adore their cars, but rides like these are typically purchased according to more-practical matters, like having a roomy back seat and an affordable purchase price, than those of the heart.
Buyers who tend to be truly head-over-heels enamored with their cars, on the other hand, can usually afford to succumb to the allure of costlier models that are typically more-emotional purchases and deliver higher levels of, well, everything. To that end, luxury nameplates again dominate the list of most-appealing car brands in the just-released 2012 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates in Westlake Village, Calif.