Tesla electric vehicles ranked among worst in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability survey

Nov 15 (Reuters) – (This November 15 story corrects the headline to say that Tesla electric vehicles are rated “among the worst”, not “the worst”. The story has already been corrected to remove the reference to Mercedes in title and paragraph 1, full-size truck selection in paragraph 1)

Electric vehicles (EVs) from Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and other brands were among the least reliable vehicles in the United States, Consumer Reports magazine’s annual reliability survey revealed on Tuesday.

Although electric vehicles and full-size pickup trucks enjoy the highest demand in the market, they are “the most problematic”, said the nonprofit that evaluates the products and services.

The report signaled growing interest in hybrid vehicles, with 36% of potential buyers considering one for their next car or truck purchase.

Tesla, the world’s most valuable automaker, moved up four places and ranked 19th out of 24 brands. The electric vehicle leader continues to have issues with body hardware, steering/suspension, paint and trim, and the climate control system on its models, according to the report.

In October, the Elon Musk-led company said it expected to miss its vehicle delivery target this year and cited logistical challenges. Read more

The top-ranked brands in the survey were Toyota and Lexus, and seven of the top ten brands were Japanese and Korean.

Of the brands owned by Detroit automakers, Lincoln was the only one in the top ten, securing the tenth spot.

The magazine’s annual New Vehicle Reliability Survey predicts which cars will cause owners fewer or more problems than their competitors, based on the data collected. Its dashboard is influential among consumers and industry leaders.

Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamanath

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