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Best Car Batteries of 2022 Rated by Consumer Reports

Finding the right battery for your vehicle can be challenging and confusing. Here is the least you need to know regarding finding the correct battery for your car among CR’s list of the best car batteries of 2022 that are rated for their performance, their durability, and their price.

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A Battery of Batteries

According to a recent Consumer Reports newsletter, “Price doesn’t necessarily mean better performance…we’ve got some less expensive batteries in our ratings that score very well,” states Sarah Bogdan, who oversees CR’s car battery testing in their most recent rating battery review for car owners.

But choosing the best price and performance is only part of the equation toward your decision making. You also have to decide whether you can (or want to) DIY or whether it makes more sense to let a qualified mechanic or trained technician do the battery replacement for you.

Depending on the make, model and year of your car it could be more involved than simply popping open the hood and loosening the battery terminal bolts before lifting the old battery out. Many models have their batteries installed in hard to access areas that require some removal of parts before installation that may be dangerous to handle---especially with Hybrids.

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Furthermore, with a battery replacement, your vehicle may require reprogramming of systems that are dependent on a constant source of power at all times. To find out whether this applies to your vehicle you will need to consult your vehicle owner’s manual or ask a trusted mechanic.

At the very least, you need to know the Group Type of your vehicle’s battery due to the physical size, placement of the terminals (side or top), and mounting style that typically varies with each model.

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You can find out the Group Type by:

• Checking your owner’s manual.

• Go online and take advantage of battery company websites that have search engines to help you select the correct battery.

• Visit an auto parts store where you will often find in-store guides in the battery department and/or ask the clerk to look it up for you. In fact, often they will offer free installation of most of the batteries they sell saving you the hassle of doing it yourself or adding to the cost of a battery by having to hire someone else to install it.

• If you have one, ask your local mechanic for his recommendation.

• If you are the original owner of your vehicle, you could check the labeling on the original battery. Used car buyers need to be aware that ofttimes sellers will install a cheaper lower amp battery before selling a car and therefore it might not be the correct one rated for your car.

CR Recommended Batteries

To help consumers match their battery group type with their vehicle, CR analysts categorized the groups with a potential listing of models along with their recommended best performing battery within each group.

A summary of the listing is provided below:

Car Battery Groups

Size 24 and 24F (top terminal): Fits many Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Nissan, and Toyota vehicles.
• Recommended battery: NAPA Legend Premium 8424F
• Price: $130

Size 35 (top terminal): Fits most Japanese nameplates, including many recent Honda vehicles, most Subaru vehicles, and most Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota vehicles.
• Recommended battery: Odyssey Extreme Series 35-PC1400T
• Price: $339.99

Size 47 (H5) (top terminal): Fits many Buick, Chevrolet, Fiat, and Volkswagen models.
• Recommended battery: Duracell Platinum AGM 47 (H5)
• Price: $135

Size 48 (H6) (top terminal): Fits many vehicles from Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Jeep, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Volkswagen, and Volvo.
• Recommended battery: Odyssey Performance 48-720
• Price: $308.99 - $311.98

Size 49 (H8) (top terminal): Fits many vehicles from Audi, BMW, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz.
• Recommended battery: ACDelco 49 AGM
• Price: $225.97

Size 51R (top terminal): Fits many vehicles from Honda and Nissan.
• Recommended battery: Duracell 51R
• Price: $105

Size 65 (top terminal): Fits large cars, trucks, and sport-utility vehicles from Ford and Mercury.
• Recommended battery: Delphi BU9065 MaxStart AGM Premium 65
• Price: $200

For a more detailed breakdown of each battery chosen as well as alternative choices, please visit the Consumer Reports website. Note that while access to some information requires a CR membership, the potential savings make it negligible in comparison when looking for the latest information to aid your car buying research.

And finally…

For additional articles related to batteries, here is an informative one for DIY types titled “Car Battery Maintenance, Testing, and Replacement with This Ultimate Guide.”

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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