The EV With the Best Road Test Score on Consumer Reports Isn’t a Ford or Tesla

EVs first hit the market in 2008 with the first Tesla Roadster. Due to their price at the time, they weren’t quite affordable for most folks. Additionally, electric vehicle performance wasn’t phenomenal and long-range road trips were out of the question due to a virtually non-existent charging station infrastructure at the time.  

Thanks to improved power and battery range performance, EVs have begun to win over consumers who were initially hesitant. Tesla and Ford are considered to be the leaders in EV manufacturing at the moment based on their performance. However, Ford and Tesla are not among Consumer Reports’ highest scores on its road tests. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 turned in quite an impressive score. Let’s take a look at those scores and why the Ioniq 5 was a stand out among them.

Road test scores for the 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y EV models

Tesla Model Y models in Shanghai, China, being shipped to the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium using the Theben cargo vessel
Tesla Model Y models | Shen Chunchen/VCG via Getty Images

The 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E earned a positive but modest score on the Consumer Reports road test. Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t a muscle car. This version of the Mustang is a five-passenger SUV with available all-wheel drive. 

Consumer Reports gave the Tesla Model Y a very impressive road test score. However, the overall score was much lower. The reason for the low overall score is that reliability was very low, partially due to the Model Y having been recalled seven times by the NHTSA.

Road test scores for the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 scored slightly higher than the Tesla Model Y on the Consumer Reports road test. One of the main contributors to its high road test score is the 800-volt architecture that enables speedy DC fast-charging. Charging concerns have led some consumers to hold off on purchasing EVs until either the charging time or the battery range is improved. This will go a long way in winning over some consumers.

Another feature that impressed Consumer Reports was the 320 horsepower from the front and rear electric motors. This gives the Ioniq 5 an impressive 0 to 60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. The CR team also liked that you could adjust the level of regenerative braking on the fly by tapping the paddles located behind the steering wheel. 

The EVs with the worst road test scores on Consumer Reports

The Tesla Model X and Polestar 2 tied on road test scores from Consumer Reports. They achieved the lowest scores of any graded EVs on CR. However, the Polestar 2 had a much higher overall score than the Model X.

For the Model X, Consumer Reports reported that, at least compared to other electric SUVs, it isn’t as quiet, doesn’t ride as comfortably, and its usability suffers to make room for the fun gizmos that Tesla is famous for. The reviewers said the steering wheel creates a safety hazard because there are no stalks for turn signals, wipers, or high beams. Instead, drivers have to press buttons on the steering wheel and take their eyes off the road for added distraction.

As for the Polestar 2’s low score, the team wasn’t impressed with the rigid ride and lack of interior space. Additionally, the Polestar 2’s EPA range is only 249 miles, which is slightly less than the much more affordable Chevy Bolt’s range of 259 miles. Additionally, it took more than 10 hours to charge on a 240-volt connection. 

Hyundai is growing its EV catalog, challenging a business that many thought would be dominated by Tesla and Ford. Given its impressive offerings so far, Hyundai is on its way to becoming a major competitor in the EV market.

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