Best Rated Car Batteries Buying Guide

[Updated November 2017] When it comes time to replace your car’s battery, you want to choose one that will be as reliable as possible. For our car battery buying guide, we researched customer ratings from multiple sources to find the best options. We also looked at recent testing results from Consumer Reports.  Read on to see which batteries are rated the best for the battery group size you need.

Highest Rated Car Batteries from Advance Auto Parts

Car batteries at advanceautopartsThe two manufacturers that are primarily featured at Advance Auto Parts are Optima and AutoCraft. Customers gave the highest ratings to two Optima batteries: one in group 27 and one in group 34. They also gave the highest ratings to three AutoCraft Batteries: one each in groups 34, 66, and 78. The text ten highest rated batteries at Advance Auto Parts are Autocraft batteries; evenly divided between Gold and Silver models, across many different size groups.

Rating Group Model
5 27 OPTIMA Batteries Blue Top, Deep Cycle Battery, Group Size 27, 800 CCA
5 34 AutoCraft Platinum AGM Battery, Group Size 34, 740 CCA
5 34 OPTIMA Batteries YellowTop Dual-Purpose Battery, Group 34, 750 CCA
5 66 AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 66, 750 CCA
5 78 AutoCraft Platinum AGM Battery, Group Size 78, 740 CCA
5 78 OPTIMA Batteries RedTop Starting Battery, Group Size 78, 700 CCA
4.5 24 AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 24, 700 CCA
4.5 35 AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 35, 640 CCA
4.5 48 AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 48, 730 CCA
4.5 65 AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 65, 850 CCA
4.5 75 AutoCraft Silver Battery, Group Size 75, 650 CCA
4.5 124R AutoCraft Silver Battery, Group Size 124R, 700 CCA
4.5 26R AutoCraft Silver Battery, Group Size 26R, 575 CCA
4.5 34/78 AutoCraft Silver Battery, Group Size 34/78, 800 CCA
4.5 96R AutoCraft Gold Battery, Group Size 96R, 590 CCA

Highest Rated Car Batteries on Amazon

Car truck batteries from amazonThe highest rating we gave to car batteries at Amazon were to a group 34 model by Odyssey and a group 65 battery from ACDelco. The next highest rated units are two ACDelco batteries (one each in groups 49 and 94R), and one each from Optima (group 34/78) and Exide (group 78).  Coming up next based on our Amazon ratings is a group 27 Universal Power battery and two group 34 Optima units.  Another Exide Edge battery (group 24) follows. After that is another Universal Power battery (group 35). The remainder of our highest rated list on Amazon includes batteries from ACDelco, Optima and Odyssey.

Rating Group Model
4.9 34 Odyssey 34-PC1500T Automotive and LTV Battery
4.9 65 ACDelco 65AGM Professional AGM Automotive BCI Group 65 Battery
4.8 49 ACDelco 49AGM Professional AGM Automotive BCI Group 49 Battery
4.8 78 Exide Edge FP-AGM78 Flat Plate AGM Sealed Automotive Battery
4.8 34/78 Optima Batteries 8014-045 D34/78 YellowTop Dual Purpose Battery
4.8 94R ACDelco 94RAGM Professional AGM Automotive BCI Group 94R Battery
4.7 27 Universal Power Group 45978 Sealed Lead Acid Battery
4.7 34 Optima Batteries 8002-002 34 RedTop Starting Battery
4.7 34 Optima Batteries 8012-021 D34 YellowTop Dual Purpose Battery
4.6 24 Exide Edge FP-AGM24F Flat Plate AGM Sealed Automotive Battery
4.6 35 UPG 85980/D5722 Sealed Lead Acid Battery (12V; 35 AH; UB12350)
4.6 48 ACDelco 48AGM Professional AGM Automotive BCI Group 48 Battery
4.6 75 Optima Batteries 8042-218 D75/25 YellowTop Dual Purpose Battery
4.4 34/78 Odyssey 34/78-PC1500DT Automotive and LTV Battery
4.3 78 ACDelco 78AGM Professional AGM Automotive BCI Group 78 Battery

Highest Rated Car Batteries at Wal-Mart

Everstart car batteriesThe Wal-Mart car battery brand is EverStart. According to sources like Consumer Reports, most car battery manufacturer produces units that are scored high as well as low. EverStart is no exception to that rule. The highest rated EverStart car batteries at Wal-Mart are units from group 27, 121R, 41-4, 56-3, H8, and T5. Close behind are EverStart batteries for groups 24 and 65-3. The list continues from there, covering most of the major group categories.

Rating Group Model
5 27 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 27
5 121R EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 121R
5 41-4 EverStart Plus Automotive Battery, Group Size 41-4
5 56-3 EverStart Plus Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 56-3
5 H8 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H8
5 T5 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size T5
4.7 24 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 24
4.7 65-3 Everstart Plus Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 65-3
4.6 75-3N EverStart Plus Automotive Battery, Group Size 75-3N
4.5 86 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 86
4.5 24F-3 EverStart Plus Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 24F-3
4.5 26-3 EverStart Plus Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 26-3
4.2 H7 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H7
4.1 24F EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size 24F
4 H6 EverStart Maxx Lead Acid Automotive Battery, Group Size H6

Best Rated Car Batteries by Consumer Reports

car batteries rated by consumer reportsThis year, Consumer Reports magazine published ratings for car batteries from many of the most popular size group categories. They gave the highest ratings to the following batteries for each group. For group 65, an Interstate battery was chosen. Group 34/78 features a DieHard car battery as their top choice. Their pick for Group 24/24F is an EverStart Maxx battery, with an option for both Northern and Southern regions of the U.S. The Group 35 choice also features two options from EverStart. Finally, groups 75 and 48 both feature car batteries from Interstate as Consumer Report’s top pick.

Group Model
65 Interstate MT7-65
34, 78 & 34/78 DieHard Advanced Gold 50778
Group 24 & 24F EverStart MAXX-24FN (North)
Group 24 & 24F EverStart MAXX -24S (South)
Group 35 EverStart MAXX-35N (North)
Group 35 EverStart MAXX-35S (South)
Group 75 Interstate MT7-75DT
Group 48 Interstate MT7-48/H6

Conclusion

A major factor in what car batteries are available to you is where you decide to buy from. With certain retailers dealing exclusively with one or a handful of manufacturers, this is a major part of the buying decision. Each of the sources we highlight in this article offer online sales, with many of them offering an in-store pickup option. Be sure to focus on the correct size of battery and look at other details like temperature ratings.

Sources: Consumerreports.org, Advanceautoparts.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com