The Most Reliable Electric Cars According to Consumer Reports

Electric cars are becoming more mainstream as we push towards a more sustainable driving ethos, as evidenced by vehicles like F-150 Lightning. As a result, consumers are starting to ask more “normal” car questions about them. Chief among those are two things: cost and reliability. Frankly, the whole cost thing is beating a very dead electric horse. So, let’s look at reliability instead. Ok, maybe cost too.

The 2021 Nissan Leaf brings Japanese reliability to EVs

A silver Nissan Leaf in a car park
The Nissan Leaf is up there with the most reliable electric cars | Nissan

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Let me beat that dead electric horse for a moment. Currently, a 2021 Nissan Leaf will run you around $31,000 MSRP. That makes it not only one of the cheapest, but also one of the most reliable electric cars. Moreover, you’re getting that super practical hatchback layout as well.

In fact, I’m quite a fan of the Nissan Leaf. Consumer Reports is too. Overall, they scored the Nissan Leaf as one of the most reliable electric cars, with a 73/100 overall score. That’s not too shabby. Of course, there’s also the savings of owning an EV too. You’ll get that nice tax rebate, and maintenance costs are predicted to be lower than a gas equivalent.

The 2021 Tesla Model 3 is an EV status symbol

Even one of Tesla’s biggest critics enjoyed the Tesla Model 3 | The Smoking Tire

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We really can’t make a list of the most reliable electric cars without including Telsa, now can we? Hell, we can’t really make a list of EVs without including a Tesla, full stop. That’s ok because, on the surface, the Tesla Model 3 is a fantastic EV. Of course, it’s also much more than that. Elon has managed to make Tesla a status symbol, much the way BMW was 20 or so years ago.

Because who even, like, are you if you don’t drive a Tesla? Yes, they do have their issues (panel gap) and their foibles (interior quality), and even Teslas makes mistakes (Full Self Driving crashes). But Consumer Reports rated the Tesla Model 3 an 82/100. It’s notably higher in predicted owner satisfaction than even the most reliable electric car. Not bad Tesla.

What is the most reliable electric car?

A red 2021 Chevy Bolt parked streetside shot from the front
The 2021 Chevy Bolt has its issues, but reliability isn’t one | Chevy

Consumer Reports actually has a lot to say about the 2021 Chevy Bolt. However, most importantly, they loved the reliability of the thing. So much so that the recent 2021 Chevy Bolt recalls haven’t affected that rating at all. Then again, I don’t know if Consumer Reports goes back and updates these things after they make them. Regardless, fires are always a risk for EVs, and that may not be changing for a while.

Neither will the appeal of the Bolt. People love it, and you get some of that practical hatch lifestyle brought by the Nissan Leaf to the EV game. Frankly, I’m inclined to agree with Consumer Reports. However, we’ll have to see how future models with better batteries hold up over time.