Consumer Reports Recommends 1 Car Brand Other Than Tesla for the Most Reliable EV Models

Tesla only makes electric vehicles. This puts them ahead of the proverbial curve in this market. That said, this automaker doesn’t hold a monopoly on quality and consumer confidence in its products. In fact, there’s at least one other car brand recommended by Consumer Reports for having the most reliable EV models.

Which car brand is recommended for the most reliable EV models?

The list of Consumer Reports’ most reliable electric vehicles begins with the Kia EV6, but it comes with an asterisk. The EV6 hasn’t been in the market long enough for the number of expected complaints that come with new vehicles.

Instead, CR suggests looking to the second and third-place EVs on its list, where we find the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf, respectively. These two models put an all-electric automaker and a traditional brand in the same basket.

Why does CR consider Tesla and Nissan at the top of the EV car brands?

Blue 2022 Tesla Model 3 on a road
2022 Tesla Model 3 | Tesla

Tesla only builds electric cars, and Nissan has been mass-producing electric cars for more than a decade. This gives these two brands a distinct advantage in the electric vehicle market. The Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3 have very few problems with the batteries, electric motors, and charging.

“Many of the latest EVs are from companies that have been producing gasoline engines for over 100 years and are facing a learning curve when it comes to producing EVs, as evidenced by our latest reliability survey findings.” – Consumer Reports

Shouldn’t electric vehicles inherently be more reliable than traditional models?

EVs have fewer parts and wear items, don’t have the challenges of spark plugs and most fuels, and even the brakes don’t wear as much due to the regenerative braking systems used in EVs to help recharge the batteries.

That said, CR shows that modern EVs are more problematic than gas or hybrid vehicles. They tell us this is due to the latest models using all-new platforms rather than existing ones. Most early EVs were built in existing platforms, with the greatest change being the electric powertrain that replaced the gas-powered system.

What are the most reliable EV models?

Green 2023 Kia EV6 GT posed in the shadows
2023 Kia EV6 GT | Kia

According to Consumer Reports, the most reliable electric vehicles are:

  • Kia EV6
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Tesla Model Y
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Volkswagen ID.4
  • Tesla Model S
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Chevrolet Bolt EUV
  • Hyundai Kona Electric

Are the most reliable EVs also the best electric vehicles?

The Chevy Bolt EV is one of the electric vehicles that loses most of its range in freezing temperatures.
2023 Bolt EV | General Motors

We know what CR thinks of the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf, but are these two electric cars on the top of the list as the best EVs? Turning to U.S. News & World Report, we see the list of electric cars ranked from top to bottom as:

  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Mini Electric Hardtop

The Tesla Model 3 is nowhere on this list. Incidentally, the Kia EV6 is the top-rated electric SUV by Us News.

MotorTrend lists the best electric vehicles as:

  • Tesla Model 3
  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Kia Niro EV
  • Nissan Leaf

We once again see the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf in the mix but on opposite ends of the short list provided by this expert.

Should you trust Tesla and Nissan?

White Nissan Leaf EV parked at a dealership, charging.
Nissan Leaf SV | Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf are in the top three models from Consumer Reports. Additionally, the Leaf hits the best EV list from U.S. News and MotorTrend, with the Model 3 showing up at the top of MotorTrend’s list.

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