Hybrids & Electrics

The Best 2019 Electric Vehicles, According to Consumer Reports

Consumers just like yourself are taking a far more active interest in electric vehicles than ever before. Market Insider recently published an article about electric cars that suggested by the year 2030, 70% of all the vehicles sold in the world would be electric.

This explains why so many auto manufacturers, such as Tesla, Chevy, and Nissan, have worked hard to create and market high-quality vehicles in 2019. According to Consumer Reports, some of the 2019 electric vehicles are better than others.

The Tesla Model 3

Tesla has built its brand around electric vehicles. Tesla cars have a reputation for being reliable, efficient, and comfortable. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 doesn’t disappoint.

The first thing drivers notice is that the Tesla Model 3 doesn’t fit any preconceived ideas about what electric cars look like. That’s because it’s designed to resemble a sporty sedan.

Even though Tesla is famous for making electric cars, the company doesn’t shirk when it comes to safety. A great deal of effort went into making the Tesla Model 3 one of the safest Tesla models. The car managed to withstand a roof crash from an object that was four times the car’s weight. Not to mention, the vehicle comes standard with anti-lock brakes, seatbelt pre-tensioners, stability assist, multiple airbags, and a security system.

The Tesla Model 3 is powered by a battery. You can choose between the long-range battery which provides you with 300 miles of driving time between charges, or the standard battery which provides you with 240 miles before it needs to be recharged.

The one area where improvement is still needed is the vehicle’s comfort. Consumers Reports suggests that the vehicle is stiff and choppy while in motion.

The Chevy Bolt EV

When Chevrolet announced that it was designing an electric car, few people paid much attention. However, when the Chevy Bolt EV hit the market, it rocked the world by providing some serious competition for Tesla vehicles.

The Chevy Bolt EV was far more attractive, reliable, and efficient than anyone had predicted. Today the Chevy Bolt EV consistently appears on lists for best and most reliable electric vehicles.

There are just a few minor differences between the 2018 and 2019 Chevy Bolt EVs. The 2019 model comes in a few different color options and it has been outfitted with a smartphone interface.

The 2019 Chevy Bolt EV’s 60-kWh battery pack is mounted under the vehicle’s floor. This allows you to take advantage of every inch of cargo space.

With a 240-volt connector, it takes approximately 10-hours to fully charge a flat battery which will then provide you with the ability to drive 250 miles. Although, there have been reports of drivers getting 300+ miles on a single charge.

According to Consumers Reports, the only complaints people have with the Chevy Bolt EV is that the driver’s seat could be made more comfortable and that it can take some time to get used to the control panel.

The Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf has always been a favored electric car. Consumers are attracted to it because it looks nice, has a reputation for being reliable, and isn’t as expensive to purchase or maintain as some other brands of electric vehicles.

The biggest difference between the 2019 Nissan Leaf and previous versions is the battery. Until now, the Nissan Leaf had a very limited range, but this year, Nissan equipped the Leaf with a long-range battery that has an EPA-rated range of 225 miles.

If you’re interested in purchasing a 2019 Nissan Leaf, you have two battery options to choose from: the standard Leaf is powered by a 40-kwh battery pack while a 62-kwh battery is installed in the Leaf Plus. The added power allows the Nissan Leaf Plus to accelerate at a rate of 0-60 mph in just seven seconds. 

When charging with 240 volts of power, the standard Leaf’s battery goes from flat to fully charged in five hours. It takes the Leaf Plus battery 11.5 hours to fully charge.

Naturally, the demand for electric cars continues to increase each year. So, it will be interesting to see what measures the manufactures take to ensure that the vehicles consistently stay at the top of the Consumer’s Reports.