Used 2014 Cadillac ELR Coupe
Cadillac ELR Coupe
The all-new Cadillac ELR blends the eco-practicality of a plug-in hybrid with the sophisticated styling of a high-end sports coupe.
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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.
You May Not Like This Car If...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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)
If you don’t consider the Cadillac ELR as nothing more than a glorified Chevy Volt (we certainly don’t), then its $76,000 staring price shouldn’t send you running for hills. Plus, the ELR is eligible for up to $7,500 in federal tax credits on top of state and local handouts. Looking at the competitive landscape, the all-electric but more limiting Tesla Model S begins in the low-$70,000 range and qualifies for the same federal, state and local tax rebates as the Cadillac. On the high end of the eco-minded spectrum, the $100,000-plus Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is eligible for up to $4,750 in federal rebates, plus any applicable state incentives. Unlike the Porsche and Tesla, however, resale value is no friend of the ELR, as KBB.com expects it to retain some of the lowest residuals values in the luxury sector.
Cadillac ELR Consumer Reviews
October 26, 2018
The car is comfortable and I love the style.
December 14, 2016
Love this car
I tend to buy a new car every year. Not this time. I will keep my ELR. Looks great. Feels great. My company got a tax break for...
November 12, 2016
The negative reviews were false
I bought my used 2016 after spending months agonizing over the decision to buy due to a large amount of bad press for this car. I am...
September 29, 2016
CPO program is a steal
Okay, so I was really wanting this car when I read about it as a concept during an overseas deployment, but then GM ruined the dream for...
April 05, 2016
The Quiet, linear acceleration is exhilarating every time, never get tired of it. Interior quality and materials are excellent. Fit and...
January 04, 2016
I really enjoy driving the ELR! ITs a blast!
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...
December 15, 2015
Best vehicle I have ever owned.
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...
September 11, 2015
Best Car I have ever owned!!
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...
September 07, 2015
Car is a great daily driver. Rear seats useless.
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...
September 02, 2015
Love my New 2014 ELR
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...