Only one electric car failed to earn a positive noise rating based on consumer reports


Consumer Reports has been providing automotive testing and information for over 85 years, making it a trusted resource when buying a new vehicle. When reading Consumer Reports, you can find advice on safety and the coveted reliability rating. A lot goes into creating Reliability Status, and you might be shocked to read some of its findings. Electric cars were under the scrutiny of Consumer Reports, and you might be surprised how the wildly popular Tesla Model 3 fared.

Consumer Reports Reliability Rating is Trustworthy

The Tesla Model 3 at a Tesla Center in Shanghai | Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images

When looking to buy a car, you would be well served to consider Consumer Reports’ reliability rating. The ranking numbers only go from 1 to 5, and although the system seems simple, these numbers are quite powerful. A poor reliability rating can prevent a car from earning the much sought-after “recommended” badge. There’s a lot of work that goes into those small numbers.

While reliability rating is key in determining whether a car is worth buying, other factors can factor into the decision. Consumer Reports also ranks them. You may see ratings for areas like performance and security and a few other minor things. Yet, while they may be minor, these categories can still factor into your overall ownership experience. For example, you can check cabin noise ratings.

Consumer Reports recently reviewed a line of EVs from the 2022 model year. Cabin noise, or the amount of noise invading the cabin, was one of the factors considered. Interestingly, all but one of the 2022 electric cars received a positive cabin noise score.

Most 2022 electric cars received positive cabin noise ratings

The 2022 electric vehicles look very promising, especially when it comes to having a quiet cabin. All but one of the electric cars are rated well by Consumer Reports. If you like quiet rides, consider these models. All of the vehicles listed below have a noise rating of 5/5, which is the highest rating, and have the least amount of road noise entering the cabin.

  • Chevy Bolt
  • Chevrolet Bolt EUV
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E
  • Porsche Taycan
  • Tesla Model S
  • Volkswagen ID4
  • Jaguar I Pace
  • Audi e-tron

Right after those electric cars are those that score 4/5 for cabin noise.

  • Nissan Leaf
  • Hyundai Kona Electric
  • Kia Niro EV
  • Tesla Model Y
  • Polestar 2
  • Tesla Model X

If 2022 is the year you want to buy an EV and like a quiet cabin, the lineup looks pretty encouraging.

The Tesla Model 3 is not so quiet

Interestingly, there’s one electric car that didn’t score well when it came to cabin noise. The Tesla Model 3 scored the lowest of all electric vehicles tested. It got a 3/5 rating. Although a score of 3/5 is the lowest rating, the Model 3 is still rated as having average cabin noise instead of a negative rating. All other vehicles received positive ratings.

Despite the lower rating for cabin noise, the Tesla Model 3 is still recommended by Consumer Reports. He is considered a green pick and has an overall rating of 79/100. This sports sedan is Tesla’s most popular model. It’s said to be fun to drive with its “superb handling and the immediate thrust of the electric motor”. Model 3 strengths include instant power, handling, front-end comfort and low running costs.

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