Consumer Reports Claims These 3 Popular Electric SUVs Have ‘Below-Average’ Reliability

Electric SUVs are quickly growing in popularity. The U.S. doesn’t offer nearly as many electric vehicles as some European countries, but America has been riding the EV wave hard in recent years. As a result, we’ve seen some of the most impressive electric SUVs ever made in the last few years. That being said, many electric vehicles tend to have reliability issues. Consumer Reports claims that three of the most popular electric SUVs have subpar reliability.

Ford’s electric SUV is having major reliability issues

A red Ford Mustang Mach-E small electric SUV is charging.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E | Ford

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the Blue Oval’s first-ever fully-electric vehicle. The Mach-E shocked skeptics and won the hearts of thousands of Ford fans thanks to its attractive exterior design and driving verve. The Mustang Mach-E SUV may not be a conventional Mustang, but its electric powertrain system produces plenty of ponies, and isn’t that what matters in the end?

The Mach-E was positioned to be one of the most popular small electric SUVs when it hit the scene, but the small electric American SUV is experiencing some growing pains already. Drivers are reporting several different issues with the EV, and it has already been recalled several times. The Mach-E has experienced battery issues that cause immobility, brake shudder and vibration issues, and plenty of other problems that have made consumers doubt the SUV’s reliability.

Consumer Reports claims that the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s reliability is below average, which isn’t a good sign for the nameplate. The small electric SUV’s reputation has taken a hit. Hopefully, the Blue Oval will make the necessary adjustments to get this EV back in the good graces of drivers.

The Volkswagen ID.4 isn’t perfect

A red Volkswagen ID.4 small electric SUV is driving on the road.
The Volkswagen ID.4 | Volkswagen

The VW ID.4 was one of the first electric vehicles to pose a real threat to the Tesla Model Y internationally. The Model Y dominated the electric SUV market share in America, and it was a force to be reckoned with in Europe. The more affordable ID.4 has taken over Europe, and it’s coming for the U.S. next. This small electric SUV deserves kudos, but it does have its fair share of problems as well.

Some VW ID.4 drivers have experienced battery cooling pump failures, which could lead to battery overheating. Consumer Reports claims that the Volkswagen ID.4 has below-average reliability as well. EVs are still in their infancy, so even some of the most successful electric vehicle nameplates can have issues.

The Hyundai Kona Electric has below-average reliability

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The Hyundai Kona is one of the best subcompact SUVs because it’s quirky and fun to drive. The affordable small SUV is a great sedan alternative for drivers looking to transition to their first SUV.

The Hyundai Kona Electric is the electrified version of the South Korean automaker’s fun subcompact SUV. CR claims that the Kona Electric has below-average reliability. That being said, the Kona and Kona Electric are being redesigned for the 2024 model year. The Kona Electric has a bright future, especially if its reliability improves.

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