What’s the Most Unreliable Electric Vehicle (EV) of 2022, According to Consumer Reports?

Consumer Reports recently published its latest reliability survey for 2022, and it has a lot of insights into the reliability of brand-new cars, such as EVs. Like in many other segments, EVs had some cars that were very reliable but also some cars that were the complete opposite. As a whole, the EV segment didn’t do too well in terms of reliability, and here’s a look at the most unreliable EV on the market in 2022.

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This is the second least reliable EV of 2022

Like USA Today wrote, the reliability data from Consumer Reports is in, and the 2022 Hyundai Kona Electric is the second least reliable EV of the year. Across all car models, the Kona Electric sits in ninth place in terms of how unreliable it is. That being said, while the Hyundai is an unreliable EV, it’s a good option for a few reasons.

The first is its price tag. It starts at about $34,000, which makes it one of the most affordable EV options on the market. Despite the cheap price tag though, Hyundai gave the Kona Electric a good amount of electric driving range. The Kona Electric has a 64 kWh battery that allows it to go 258 miles on a single charge. 

The subcompact electric SUV from Hyundai also has a decent amount of power for its class. Its electric motor generates 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Kona Electric to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. 

The 2022 Chevy Bolt is the least reliable EV of the year

The least reliable EV on the market right now shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone who follows automotive news, as it’s the 2022 Chevy Bolt. Compared to all car models, the Bolt is the fifth least reliable car. The Bolt is unreliable for a few reasons, but the big reason has to do with the large-scale battery-related recall that affected the recent model years of the EV.

That being said, the Bolt’s battery issue seems to have been fixed. On top of that, Chevy gave the Bolt a massive discount, and it’s now one of the cheapest EVs on the market. The 2022 Bolt starts at about $31,000 before any incentives.

On top of that, the Bolt is a solid EV when everything is working properly. Its electric motor gets 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough power for daily driving.

Chevy gave the Bolt a 65 kWh battery, and this allows the EV to go 259 miles on a single charge. The Bolt is a hatchback, and as a result, it has a good amount of cargo capacity. With the rear seats folded down, the Chevy EV gets about 57 cu. ft. of cargo space. These specs make the Bolt a practical EV that’s also affordable for the average household. 

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Although EVs have not done well this year, hybrids have made some big improvements

Despite those great specs and that discount, many car shoppers may feel uneasy about buying a car that they know is unreliable. There are good alternatives though, and like USA Today wrote, hybrid cars are a very reliable segment. In fact, hybrid sedans are the most reliable segment overall, and hybrid SUVs are the third most reliable segment. 

Overall, the 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid is the most reliable option on the market right now. Toyota also makes a lot of other reliable hybrids, including the Prius. These options can be great for drivers who absolutely need their car to be reliable, but also want their cars to be efficient and eco-friendly.