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Consumer Reports recommends the Kia EV6, the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf

  • The Kia EV6 is on top of reliability study.

  • The Nissan Leaf is more than 10 years old.

  • EVs are still less reliable when compared to ICE-powered cars.


 

Consumer Reports compiles data from reported experiences of consumers and this database helps to better understand the specifics of the hundreds of car models driving on our North American roads.

One of the latest findings from Consumer Reports is that the Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Leaf are excellent choices for reliability. In fact, only the Kia EV6 beats the two older electric models. This puts Tesla’s sedan and Nissan’s city car in second and third place respectively in the CR’s latest study. As CR reminds us, we’ll have to watch how the Korean crossover ages over the years, the model that entered the automotive arena as a 2022 model.

Tesla Model 3 Photo: Tesla
Tesla Model 3 Photo: Tesla

The other two models are “veterans” of the electric car, the Nissan Leaf that has been around since the 2011 model year, while the Model 3 showed up in 2017 as a 2018 model.

Sadly, the simplicity of EVs – the powertrain is less complex than a car with a ICE powertrain – doesn’t help their reliability rating. You see, many new electric vehicles are based on newly introduced platforms. So, there aren’t as many common components with older vehicles that have proven themselves over time.

Nissan Leaf Photo: Nissan
Nissan Leaf Photo: Nissan

The Consumer Reports survey mentions problems with battery packs, electric motors or even heating and cooling systems. We must also consider the experience accumulated by Nissan and Tesla, the two brands that invaded the market before the competition, which are still reorganizing in 2022.

On Tesla’s side, the reliability of the Model 3 contrasts with the more numerous problems associated with the Model Y crossover, a vehicle that is very similar to the electric sedan. This newer SUV is still struggling with new car issues.

Hopefully, over the years, EVs will improve in this area, otherwise consumer expectations – especially if the supply crisis continues – could become problematic.

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