How Consumer Reports Rated Top Electric Cars in Reliability for 2018

1. Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

While consumers and the auto press continues buzzing about Tesla Model 3, Chevy’s affordable long-range EV is already on the market at $37,495 before incentives. Consumer Reports testers gave Bolt EV high marks for acceleration, handling, and its class-leading 238 miles of range.

Meanwhile, early buyers of Chevy’s all-electric model gave excellent feedback in every area except in-car electronics. That performance made Bolt EV the top scorer of all for Chevrolet in 2018. In general, these returns are unusually strong for a brand-new model.

2. Tesla Model S

The Tesla Model S electric car during the the second press preview day at the 2010 North American International Auto Show January 12, 2010 at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

In a few ways, this year’s Consumer Reports ratings represented a triumph for Tesla. For the first time, the brand’s flagship Model S sedan got an above-average rating for reliability. That score placed it above Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8. Meanwhile, it proved Tesla has improved over the years, which will be crucial for the automaker as it chases higher production goals.

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