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2014 Cadillac ELR

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2014 Cadillac ELR Review

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Sharing major powertrain and chassis components with the Chevrolet Volt, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is an all-new nameplate and the latest entrant into the developing world of high-end green cars. By blending the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid with the sleek silhouette of an upmarket sports coupe, the Cadillac ELR is essentially an amalgamation of two niche vehicles. Starting at $76,000, the ELR’s exclusivity factor makes it an attractive alternative to such upscale alternative energy vehicles as Tesla's all-electric Model S, the Porsche Panamera S E- Hybrid and, to a lesser extent, the forthcoming BMW i8. The ELR also has an aversion to range anxiety, as its versatile EREV propulsion system provides up to 37 miles of pure electric range before a gasoline generator kicks in to deliver the next 300 miles.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’ve had your eye on a conventionally-powered luxury sports car like the BMW 6 Series or Mercedes-Benz CLS, but express an unshakable interest in eco-conscious transportation, the 2014 Cadillac ELR could be the ticket. Drivers with lengthy commutes will also find the ELR significantly more flexible than the electric-only Model S.

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Purchasing a Cadillac ELR is an expensive proposition, even when taking into consideration federal and state tax incentives. Furthermore, the ELR should be viewed as a 2-seater rather than a traditional 2+2 coupe, as the rear seat is unsuitable for all but the smallest children.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 ELR is an all-new touring coupe and Cadillac’s first plug-in hybrid.

Driving the ELR
Driving Impressions

Although Cadillac engineers managed to extract an additional 22 lb-ft of torque out of the Volt's propulsion system, this power increase is largely negated by the ELR's additional heft. Therefore,...

... straight-line performance is nearly identical between the Volt and ELR, but that's where the similarities end between the two cars. Cadillac developed an array of specialized suspension components for the ELR, including a HiPer Strut front suspension to help mitigate the effects of torque steer (front-wheel-drive cars can have a tendency to pull left or right under hard acceleration), a semi-independent rear suspension with a Watts Z-link for better stability in corners, and Continuous Damping Control that adjusts shock dampening every two seconds in accordance with the current driving situation. Combined with proprietary Bridgestone low-rolling-resistance tires and a trio of active noise canceling microphones, the ELR delivers a driving experience that's on par with other luxury coupes at this price point.

REGEN ON DEMAND
Activated via steering wheel-mounted paddles, Regen on Demand allows the driver to supplement (or in some instances, bypass) the brakes by converting rolling momentum into stored energy.

SAFETY ALERT DRIVER’S SEAT
Included as standard, the ELR’s haptic-enabled seat alerts the driver to the direction of possible hazards by vibrating different sections of the seat.

2014 Cadillac ELR Details
Interior

Although elegant, the ELR’s cockpit imparts a somewhat showy feel compared to its rivals. Still, the atmosphere as a whole is one of opulence and sophistication, thanks in part to liberal use of high-quality materials and a well-thought-out center stack. On the other hand, Cadillac’s Cue infotainment system and its haptic selection panel will test your tech skills as well as your patience. In terms of aesthetic upgrades, the ELR’s 2+2 cabin can be dressed in alternative materials that range from semi-aniline leather to real carbon fiber. If the concept of a 2+2 interior escapes you, just know it takes the expertise of a skilled contortionist to climb into and out of the ELR's rear seats.

Exterior
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The 2014 Cadillac ELR is based almost entirely on GM’s 2009 Converj concept. Visually, the ELR mixes bold angles and sweeping lines to make a powerful statement highlighted by Cadillac’s signature vertical lighting elements and 20-inch aero-enhancing wheels. At the same time, aggressively raked front and rear glass are complemented by numerous wind cheating touches like a flush front grille with active shutters and concealed door handles. Together they yield a respectable 0.30 drag coefficient.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Given its limited production numbers and rather lofty price point, the Cadillac ELR comes generously equipped from the get-go. Apart from expected standards like dual-zone climate control, keyless access and start, and a backup camera, the ELR includes such premium features as a Bose 10-speaker audio system, touch-screen navigation with advanced voice recognition, and front and rear proximity sensors designed to help avoid fender-benders during parking maneuvers. On the safety side of the ledger, the ELR comes with eight airbags, a forward-collision warning system, and OnStar’s suite of emergency services, including automatic collision warning, crisis assist, and roadside assistance.

Optional Equipment

As a low-volume model, it should come as little surprise that the ELR offers the shortest options roster in its segment. The lone option package consists of automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-traffic alert that warns you of oncoming traffic when backing up. The one and only standalone option is a $1,995 adaptive cruise control system designed to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead.

Under the Hood

The 2014 ELR gets its motivation from a 1.4-liter gasoline-powered generator, a 16.5 kWh lithium ion battery pack, and a 154 kW electric motor. When put to the test, the ELR can sprint from 0-60 in about eight seconds, only a few ticks slower than a Lexus ES 300h hybrid. Replenishing the battery pack takes roughly five hours using a dedicated 240V charger and anywhere between 12.5-18 hours on a standard household outlet. The hybrid-electric drivetrain can be optimized for peak efficiency or performance by way of four driver selectable modes: Tour (normal), Sport, Mountain, and Hold, which stores remaining energy in the battery for later use.

AC synchronous electric motor/generator
16kWh lithium-ion battery pack
1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline generator
207 horsepower @ 4,800 rpm
295 lb-ft of torque @ 0-4,800 rpm
EPA projected full-charge range: 37 miles (all-electric), 303 miles (on gasoline generator only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 31 city/35 highway mpg (on gasoline generator), 82 MPGe (all-electric, mpg equivalent)

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2014 Cadillac ELR Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.4
Out of 10

Based on 14 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

Electric wundercar

By on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quiet in electric mode. Fun car."

Cons: "Gas engine buzzy. Want greater electric range"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The Quiet, linear acceleration is exhilarating every time, never get tired of it. Interior quality and materials are excellent. Fit and finish is very impressive. Ride and handling is almost comparable to my corvette. Love this car. Gas engine should be better insulated.. noisy when in use. Unpleasant tire noise on tar strips. Road noise excessive for a luxury car."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I really enjoy driving the ELR! ITs a blast!

By on Monday, January 4, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 900

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good looking! Great milage!"

Cons: "If you don't like attention wrong car!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded my Mercedes S600 v12 and let me tell you I really love driving this car! It really brings driving to a new level. It is so quiet and the seats are real comfortable. This car is like sitting in a airplane cockpit! You really have to take a test drive in a ELR to appreciate what all of us are really saying here. A lot of people say I would rather have a Tesla S for the money but they are totally two different type of cars. No range anxiety with the ELR, just get in and drive. If your commute under 40 miles a day you will never use any gas. People talk about the car should be faster, apparently they never drove a ELR! This car is fast enough, it goes! Driving regular or conservative is part of the fun owning a electric car! If I wanted a super fast car with two seats I would have bought a new corvette. Well thats my take for now!"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,895

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive,fastest car I have ever owned."

Cons: "Parking to much forward."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Been to the dealer one time to rotate tires.Lifetime mpg is 192mpg! Only negative is to be careful parking and don't pull all the way forward. Air skirt is flexible in the front,but why take a chance on damaging it.Look forward to getting a 2017 Cadillac ELR!"

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Best Car I have ever owned!!

By on Friday, September 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,200

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fantastic car. great looks, great ride, awesome!"

Cons: "Price of the base model. Better at $55,000."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"First off let me start by saying I have never been a Cadillac fan. However the first time I saw an ELR in person I was hooked, then I made the mistake of driving a used one for sale down the road from me. Fell in love like never before. The build quality is just off the charts and this from someone whose wife is on her fifth Lexus.I drive less than 40 miles every day so in my 5200 miles I am still on my second tank of gas. It is the quietest car I have ever owned and one of the smoothest riding. Handling for what it is is great (this is not a Porsche I've owned one of those before)and I love all the features. I have a fully loaded car with every option. Would I pay $65,000 for this again. not sure but at the price of $49,000 that I paid for a new 2014 it was a steel. Probably worth $60,000 for a 2016. Can't say enough good things about this car. I get looks from everybody that sees it. Absolutely perfect for my daily commute makes me feel special. Oh forgot to mention not a Bose fan but this system rocks. Best system I have ever had including some aftermarket systems I've owned. Just awesome!"

9 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Car is a great daily driver. Rear seats useless.

By on Monday, September 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great interior. Fun driving and quiet."

Cons: "20 inch tires are bumpy. No usable back seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"The car is a great daily driver. I rarely use gasoline, It is quiet and has a great interior. The 20 inch wheels look nice, but are stupid because 20 inch tires do not absorb minor bumps in the road. I wish this car was about the size of an Impala or a Cadillac XTS. That way the car would be more than just a daily driver and could be used for family trips. The car's pluses far exceed its minuses. It is more preferable to me than any 100% electric I see on the road today. It makes a great second car, but could not be an only car because of the lack of room for passengers."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love my New 2014 ELR

By on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,200

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great New Price"

Cons: "Back Seat Limited"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"With the dramatic price reduction of only $48,500 combined with $7,500 tax credit, I could not avoid choosing an ELR. Love this car and so far with only a 30 mile daily commute, I am achieving 175+MPG."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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