The Only 5 Electric Cars Consumer Reports Recommends

You can't go wrong with these electric vehicle recommendations from Consumer Reports.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Oct 12, 2022
Consumer Reports
has recommended just five electric vehicles currently
on the market
. What makes them stand out?
Per Consumer Reports (CR), its electric vehicle recommendations prove themselves as great all-around vehicles, with great reliability, safety and customer satisfaction. It also means they have excelled at the publication's track tests and owner surveys, leading CR's staff to "recommend them with confidence."
The publication noted that it recommends the Nissan Leaf, Kia Niro EV, Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Kia EV6.

Kia Niro EV

The electric vehicle with the highest
CR
recommendation is the
2022 Kia Niro EV
, with a score of 88 out of 100. The Niro is the first long-range electric vehicle from Kia, sharing many of the features of the Hyundai Kona. 
CR notes that the Kia Niro EV has an EPA-estimated range of 239 miles on a single charge, while offering a number of practical features and creature comforts to make it what CR considers one of the most livable new electric vehicles currently on the market. The Kia Niro EV's starting price ranges from $39,090 to $44,650.

Mustang Mach-E

Next up is the
2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E
, which CR rated 82 out of 100. The Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first foray into mass-market electric vehicles and has proven to be a hit with consumers—so much so that the automaker has previously had to put a pause on
new orders
as it caught up with demand. 
CR notes that the Mach-E is practical, stylish and fun to drive, making it one of the most enjoyable electric vehicles available today. It's also available with an EPA-rated range of up to 300 miles for rear-wheel-drive models. The Mustang Mach-E starts between $43,895 and $61,995.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Next up one CR's recommendations is the
2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5
, which earned a rating of 80 out of 100. The publication calls the Ioniq 5 one of the most impressive electric vehicles it has ever tested, lauding its great acceleration, agile handling, comfortable ride and ample interior space. 
It's also quick, with a 0-to-60 time of just 4.7 seconds from its 320-horsepower electric motors. It also has an EPA-rated range of up to 303 miles on versions equipped with the single electric motor. The Hyundai Ioniq 5's starting prices range from $39,950 to $55,000.

2022 Kia EV6

CR gave the
2022 Kia EV6
a rating of 79 out of 100, noting that this Kia electric vehicle also happens to be one of the best the publication has ever tested, much like its similar corporate cousin the Hyundai Ioniq 5. CR noted that the EV6 looks sleek and is swift with nimble handling and exciting driving performance. 
The EV6 has an EPA-rated range of up to 274 miles. It also has the same impressive 0-to-60 time as the Ioniq 5 at 4.7 seconds. The Kia EV6 has a starting MSRP ranging from $41,400 to $56,400.

2022 Nissan Leaf

Last on CR's list is the
2022 Nissan Leaf
, which received a rating of 78 out of 100. The version the publication recommends is the 62-kWh battery model, which has a longer range of 215 miles while offering more power than the standard 40-kWh battery's 149 miles. 
Because it's a budget electric vehicle, it lacks some of the creature comforts of more expensive models on the market—like a telescoping steering wheel. While it's roomy, the ride is stiff and handling is so-so. While it's the lowest-rated electric vehicle on this list, it's also the most affordable; the Nissan Leaf starts at between $27,400 to $37,400.
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