Tesla Ranked Among Worst in CP's Annual Reliability survey

By Staff Writer November 16, 2022 215
Following a tumultuous year for Tesla including a company relocation helmed by CEO Elon Musk, viral reports of cars on fire and other self-admitted quality control issues, Tesla has plummeted on Consumer Reports’ annual list of most-reliable carmakers. Following a tumultuous year for Tesla including a company relocation helmed by CEO Elon Musk, viral reports of cars on fire and other self-admitted quality control issues, Tesla has plummeted on Consumer Reports’ annual list of most-reliable carmakers.
Consumer Reports published its annual reliability survey on Tuesday. Tesla ranked along with a few other EV brands as some of the least reliable vehicles in the United States. Tesla came in as the 19th out of the 24 brands. The EV automaker continues to have issues with body hardware, steering/suspension, paint and trim, and climate systems on its models. 
 

The report pointed out that though EVs and full-size pickup trucks are some of the hottest in demand in the market at the moment,  they are also some of the “most problematic." Now that more (as well as less-expensive) EV models are being introduced and selling in greater numbers, more respondents to the survey are reporting problems with EV-specific systems, including the battery packs, charging systems, and drive motors.

These problems are seen across multiple EV brands, including several Mercedes-Benz EV models, the Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Kona Electric, and Volkswagen ID.4, which all have below-average reliability. The report also mentions a growing interest in hybrid vehicles, with 36% of prospective buyers considering one for their next car or truck purchase.  

Ford's Maverick hybrid has become one of the most popular trucks around. 

The survey found plug-in hybrids shared similar issues with fully Electric vehicles.  The plug-in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is one of the least reliable vehicles in the survey. 

Sedan’s topped the list as the most reliable type of vehicle once again. Overall, their average predicted reliability score is 58 (on a scale of 0 to 100), followed by SUVs at 51. Minivans averaged a rating of 44, with pickups trailing at 39. Full-size Pickup Trucks continue their low end ratings streak , as they have been doing for six of the past seven years with scores hovering around 30. Only seven of the 17 models in the survey have average or better reliability.  Some trucks are better than others according to respondents, the Toyota Tacoma scored above average, as did the new Ford Maverick and Maverick Hybrid. The Maverick has been a hit with Millennials and Gen Z – it's TikTok's most popular vehicle. Fleet owners and first-time truck buyers are flocking to the truck, largely because of its bargain-basement starting price tag of $20,000. 

The top-ranked brand overall in the survey was Lexus , with all its models achieving an above-average or better reliability this year. Seven of the ten best-scoring brands were Japanese and Korean. Of the Detroit automaker brands , Lincoln was the only one in the top, rolling in at tenth place having moved up 14 spots to the 10th most reliable brand. They also captured the most reliable domestic brand category, thanks to the improved reliability of the Corsair and Nautilus.

 

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