Without a reputation for solid reliability, electric vehicles are a tough sell for today’s consumer. Even with federal and tax credits, the cost of an everyman model like Chevrolet Bolt EV starts at $30,000. That cost is steep for a car that fits into the compact segment.
Of course, electric cars get cheaper the more you drive them. You can forget about fill-ups at the gas station, oil changes, spark plugs, and other types of maintenance that come standard with gasoline cars. But the other stuff — from tires to HVAC systems and infotainment — remains the same when a vehicle runs on electricity.
So the 2018 Consumer Reports reliability ratings were especially important for the plug-in segment. With more affordable models than ever on the market, consumers can get a look at how the newest EVs performed. Besides, the predictions for all-new models like Tesla Model 3 should guide buyers considering that choice. Here’s a look at the electric car reliability ratings from Consumer Reports for the top ’18 models.
Chevrolet Bolt EV
2018 reliability: Above average
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.