2022 Tesla Model 3 and S Are the Most Satisfying Electric Cars, Says Consumer Reports

There are many electric cars available now, with many more on the way. However, Tesla, which has long dominated the EV segment, continues to rate very highly for owner satisfaction. According to Consumer Reports, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 and 2022 Tesla Model S are the most satisfying electric cars.

High Consumer Reports owner satisfaction for the 2022 Tesla Model 3

Black 2022 Tesla Model 3, the electric car with highest Consumer Reports owner satisfaction, driving by a snowy forest
2022 Tesla Model 3 | Tesla

Choosing which car to buy is a challenging endeavor. This is made more difficult with the microchip shortage, often resulting in many models not being available to test drive. However, to address this problem, Consumer Reports asks its members about their experience with the cars that they recently purchased. Specifically, CR asks one primary question: “If you had to do it all over again, would you definitely buy or lease the same model?”

For electric cars, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 had the most favorable response to the question, with 85% of Model 3 owners stating that they would buy or lease the electric car again. For nearly every owner satisfaction criteria, the Model 3 scored very well. In particular, the Model 3 earned high marks for driving experience (acceleration and handling), with a score of 96/100. The only owner satisfaction area in which the Model 3 didn’t do well was for value, with a score of 55/100.

Here are the full results of the Consumer Reports owner satisfaction ratings for the 2022 Tesla Model 3:

  • Would you buy the Tesla Model 3 again: 85% of customers said yes
  • Predicted overall owner satisfaction: 5/5
  • Driving experience: 96/100
  • Comfort: 71/100
  • Value: 55/100
  • Styling: 80/100

High Consumer Reports owner satisfaction for the 2022 Tesla Model S

Blue 2022 Tesla Model S, which rates high for Consumer Reports electric car owner satisfaction, driving on a street
2022 Tesla Model S | Tesla

The 2022 Tesla Model S is rated as the second-best electric car in the Consumer Reports owner satisfaction survey, with 82% of owners saying that they’d buy or lease the electric car again. For driving experience, the Model S performed even better than the Model 3, with a perfect score of 100/100. However, for value, the Model S rates even lower than the Model 3, with a score of 31/100.

Here are the full results of the Consumer Reports owner satisfaction ratings for the 2022 Tesla Model S:

  • Would you buy the Tesla Model S again: 82% of owners said yes
  • Predicted overall owner satisfaction: 5/5
  • Driving experience: 100/100
  • Comfort: 78/100
  • Value: 31/100
  • Styling: 79/100

Consumer Reports: Most satisfying and least satisfying electric cars and hybrids

Front view of red 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, which rates high for Consumer Reports electric SUV owner satisfaction
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

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While the 2022 Tesla Model 3 and 2022 Tesla Model S are the most satisfying electric cars for the Consumer Reports owner satisfaction survey, the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric rates as the least satisfying electric car.

Here are the results for other categories in the Consumer Reports electrified vehicle owner satisfaction survey. This includes electric cars and hybrids:

  • Most satisfying electric SUVs: 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E, 2022 Tesla Model Y, and 2021 Volkswagen ID.4
  • Least satisfying electric SUV: 2022 Audi e-tron
  • Most satisfying compact hybrids and plug-ins: 2022 Toyota Prius and 2022 Toyota Prius Prime
  • Least satisfying compact hybrids and plug-ins: 2022 Honda Insight, 2022 Hyundai Ioniq, and 2022 Kia Niro

If you can afford the high prices, the 2022 Tesla Model 3 and 2022 Tesla Model 3 are good electrified vehicle choices in terms of owner satisfaction. However, for a more budget-friendly price, you can go for models such as the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4, 2022 Toyota Prius, and 2022 Toyota Prius Prime.

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