The newly-released Kia EV6 also finished strongly.
The famous American sedan is now the second most reliable new EV that money can buy. According to more than one thousand owners, the Model 3 - stretching back to MY2018 - has average or better reliability. It's followed closely by the perennial Leaf, which recently received a welcome update for 2023.
So, which electric vehicle occupies the desirable number one spot? It's the brand new Kia EV6. However, CR notes that while the Korean entrant is largely trouble-free, it's still too new to make assumptions about its longevity. However, all the models mentioned above attain the organization's cherished recommendation.
But there's a caveat.
CR says that while these particular vehicles are reliable compared to other battery-powered offerings, EVs still lag behind combustion-engined models when it concerns reliability. Because they have fewer moving parts, electric cars should be more reliable than their ICE counterparts.
According to the survey, new EV owners have reported problems related to charging, battery packs, heating and cooling systems, and drive motors. However, this could all be attributed to teething issues. You see, the latest generation of electric vehicles are generally underpinned by all-new platforms and share very few mechanical parts from ICE vehicles.
Moreover, electric vehicles often showcase new technology that may prove problematic in the early stages.
EV reliability should improve over time, evidenced by the strong showing by Nissan and Tesla, as both companies that have been producing electric vehicles for more than 10 years.
That's not to say Tesla is entirely in the clear. The Model 3 is head and shoulders above the rest of the range. For example, the closely related Model Y is still suffering from suspension, trim, and paint issues. Owners of posher derivatives like the Model S and Model X have reported problems with the air suspension systems.
So, if you're looking to purchase a new electric vehicle with very few problems, the Model 3 and Leaf remain the best buys. We'll have to wait until next year to see if the EV6 can maintain its stellar rating.