While electric vehicles are undoubtedly better for the environment compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, this may not be the same case when it comes to consumers. Because a new report from Consumer Reports says EVs are significantly less reliable than ICE cars.
The report collects data from 330,000 vehicles from models between 2000 and 2023, as well as the occasional 2024 model, and looks at various problem areas, including minor issues such as squeaky brakes and larger problems such as transmission, engine or EV battery problems. The findings state that ICE cars have 17 problem zones, while EVs have only 12 (hybrids have 19 and plug-in hybrids have 20), and yet EVs show a huge 79% increase in problems compared to ICE cars. Plug-in hybrids go a step further by reportedly having 146% more problems. However, it must be said that non-plug-in hybrids have an issue rate 26% lower than ICE cars, so it’s not all bad for the future of automation.
The report even scores a variety of vehicles out of 100 based on owner satisfaction, track testing and safety information, and the predicted reliability of the various manufacturers may surprise you, because while Chrysler is last with a score of 18, Mercedes-Benz comes in second to last with a meager score of 23. The highest rated manufacturer is Lexus at 79, followed by Toyota at 76, with Mini in third place with 71.
Does your experience with cars match the report’s findings?