Batteries and electric motors in electric SUVs are not the cause of their unreliability, according to the annual auto reliability survey conducted. Instead, it’s due to glitch-prone electronics such as climate controls and power equipment, which was revealed in the publication’s yearly auto reliability survey of subscribers.
Tesla’s Models X and Y, the Audi e-Tron, and the Volkswagen ID.4 were among the automobiles recognized as having issues in other areas than the electric motor. The Toyota Mirai was also criticized for lacking sufficient charging outlets at some locations.
In the end, compact and plug-in gas-electric hybrids led by Toyota’s Prius and Prius Prime, as well as Honda’s Insight, were the most dependable category, according to Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing for Consumer Reports.
Overall, Japanese firms including Lexus, Mazda, Toyota , and Infiniti took eight of the top ten places. Buick finished fifth in the rankings behind GM’s Buick brand; Mini was tenth.
The Lincoln luxury brand ranked last among 28 brands, followed by Tesla, Jeep, Genesis, and Volkswagen. Electric automobiles should be more dependable than gas-powered cars because they have fewer moving components, according to Fisher.
However, electric SUVs are typically more expensive premium vehicles with all of the most recent technology that can cause issues.
“The powertrains aren’t the problem,” Fisher said. Instead, the electric SUVs often are equipped with electric door handles, electric-activated climate control vents and other features. “By having all of these new technologies saddled into these early adopter-mobiles, there are more problems associated with them.”
Electric SUVs are hampered by their technology-prone climate controls and power equipment, according to the poll. Fisher added that since suppliers are working out the kinks in their technologies, electric cars are more likely to be reliable than gas-powered vehicles.
According to the poll, the Lexus GX SUV was the most dependable vehicle, followed by Kia’s Niro electric car, Toyota’s Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, Prius hybrid, and Cadillac XT5 sedan. The Mercedes GLE was ranked as the least dependable car in the survey, followed by Ford Explorer, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD and GMC Sierra 1500.
The Chevrolet Corvette and GMC Sierra 1500 were among the least reliable automobiles on offer. Owners are reporting more issues with complicated eight-, nine- and 10-speed transmissions intended for fuel efficiency, especially among certain Hyundai, Kia, Subaru and Toyota models, according to Fisher.
Tesla’s reputation as a reliable vehicle brand took a hit owing to complaints of body hardware failures, water leaks, trunks that wouldn’t close and missing weatherstripping.
According to the owner, there were difficulties with a new heat pump system that heated the passenger compartment and defrosted the windshield. Tesla’s Model 3 was the only model advised because it had an excellent reputation for dependability.
Fisher said that Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, traditionally ranks at the top of surveys since it is very cautious when introducing new engines, gearboxes, and technology. It took long to make progress toward eight-speed transmissions, he added. Due to component shortages, manufacturers are more concerned with long-term dependability than ever before.
“Buying a reliable vehicle can help ensure that you’ll be able to hit the road when you need to, and not worry about getting stuck waiting on parts for repairs,” he said.
The survey is used to determine a car’s dependability. It’s based on the overall dependability of vehicles built before their redesigns for 2019, 2020, and 2021 model years.
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