Ram and Alfa Romeo top J.D. Power study of best automaker websites

Imagining a new car can be terrific fun, especially if the new car is an Alfa Romeo.

So say the fantasy engineers at the J.D. Power agency, who’ve found

that Alfa and Ram, sister brands under the Stellantis umbrella, offer potential buyers the most attractive consumer websites, which are often their first viable encounter with those vehicles.

Power found that those marques lead the mass market and premium categories in its twice annual Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study.

In the premium segment, Alfa Romeo led with 755 points, up six points over BMW, 10 points ahead of Infiniti, 14 points past of Jaguar, and 18 points up on Porsche. By contrast, Volvo and Audi trail the pack with 689 points, and are behind Genesis

(699 points), Tesla (720), and Cadillac (721), all of which perform worse than the premium segment average of 724 points.

The summer’s study showed that in the mass market segment, Ram leads with an impressive 735 points, which puts it six points ahead of GMC, seven points atop its stablemate Jeep, eight points beyond Subaru, and 22 points ahead of the industry average.

Volkswagen finished dead last among mass market names, but only one point behind Ford

, 684 to 683 out of a possible 1,000. Segment average, as noted, was 713 points.

“Website satisfaction can be volatile, and automotive websites are not immune to changing preferences,” said Jon Sundberg, director of digital solutions at J.D. Power. “However, manufacturers have shown to be very agile when it comes to website design and ensuring their sites meet modern standards, more so than many other industries, as exemplified through the study data.”