2014 Cadillac ELR First Drives Road & Track

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By Jason Cammisa December 4, / Photos by GM

To help you make the sense of the new Cadillac range-extended EV, Volt, pretty coupe here are five different on it.

Cadillac s View

The ELR is a premium hybrid electric vehicle at the would-be environmentalist who wants to fuel but is too luxury-minded and style-conscious to be in something like a Prius (or a Volt, for that matter) The ELR is, in based on the Volt, but it has been upgraded in terms of interior creature comforts, and handling. But its jaw-dropping style will people to plunk down (a of) $75,995 for the privilege of having one in driveway.

A Tesla Model S s View

You ve got to be kidding. For about the price as a base ELR, I can get a Model S with the biggest (85 kWh, 265-mile range) and a 5.4-second 0-60 time. s a 0-60 difference between a and a Corolla, and the Tesla has 7 times the EV Please spare me the argument the range extender: I have a RX for long road trips, and means anything over 100

My days of 300-mile road were over decades I ll take a plane for anything than a three-hour drive.

My Model S has a huge front a huge rear trunk, and a back seat with that open directly to it. The ELR has a low-output 1.4-liter four-cylinder up a small trunk at the rear, and a that barely fits my The Model S has a touchscreen I can use; Cadillac s CUE is like trying to a VCR. Blindfolded. On a roller

Drunk.

Also, the ELR s looks are of every successful alternative-propulsion on the road: It s aggressive, brash, and in a far-too-Tony-Soprano kind of way. styling works fine in New or on a CTS-V coupe, which is sexy but directly contradicts the ELR s mission. I like that my S is understated.

This understatement is the reason I have the Lexus RX by the way, is a hybrid.

A Potential s View:

This is the guy who owns because he values style all else, who would love to some money on gas and who s a bit of a label In other words, a four-time BMW 3 coupe buyer, and exactly the guy hopes the ELR will appeal to.

His It s great looking, but it s positively I don t care how much fuel I ll if I can t out-accelerate a Prius. Frankly, I d buy a CTS Coupe with the 318 hp V6 for forty

The $35,575 I save on the car will, to the EPA, pay for gas for the next 232,000

When can I drive the new BMW M235i

The Chevrolet Volt Owner s


Wow, what an upgrade! The materials jump from car to luxury car. Cadillac has wonders keeping the groaning hushed (including using noise-cancelling technology) and the ELR is much on the road.

It rides great and flat thanks to the low center of and the adaptive shocks.

I can t figure out and on the test drive, it told me to and re-enter the freeway each the exit ramp was a shorter than the highway, which was time the road curved to the And I couldn t figure out how to shut it up. Or the radio stations. Or do anything really.

It s a jumbled mess.

It me thousands of miles to get used to my s grabby, nonlinear, slow-to-respond brake pedal. So I m right at with the ELR s brakes they the same. Cadillac should do Tesla did give me full when I pull my foot off the gas and then use a non-blended brake that actually slows the car how and when I ask it to. You can use the steering wheel to engage full regen, but re not pressure- sensitive touch and the ELR just slowly fades full regen. Want a regen?

Can t have it. The paddles are a cute but the Telsa system works better. I d rather just regen with the right

I love my car (and Consumer says that most Volt owners adore too), but I m a bit miffed that the keeps dropping. The Volt s price has fallen some since the car debuted in 2011. again, I could buy two new Volts for the of one ELR, so maybe I did get a bargain.

I d love some prettier and a nicer interior, but $80K is out of my bracket, and I like my Volt s backseat and hatch.

Your s Personal View:

Let s be honest, the ELR should have come out the Volt, not hit the market as the Volt is its fourth year of production. It s to compare the ELR to the 1980s Cadillac because the ELR offers a genuine up from the car it s based upon. But GM is the same basic mistake: brands don t survive by taking an car, slathering it with and doubling the price.

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The ELR will forever be known as a Volt, just as the Cimarron forever be known as a Cavalier a Cadillac crest.

If you want to a premium for something, you make it a cutting-edge product. You use it as a platform on to debut new technology and new styling; you it full of The Future, and you sell it to who have the means to buy tomorrow s today. And then, a couple later, to help amortize the you allow it to trickle down the hands of the common people who buy it at a discount.

GM has done this thing backward.

$76,000 is an amount of money for the ELR. And s the base price my test car was The only way I can begin to wrap my around this is to imagine executive in Detroit hearing you can find a $100,000 Tesla S on every California street in every rich area Malibu to Marin.

If Tesla it, you can imagine their thought Cadillac can, too.

But it can t. doesn t have the leading-edge that Tesla does. (Do you Tesla would sell a Nissan Leaf? Would sell a rebadged Blackberry?) EV like all early adopters, ingenuity, and they reward it their dollars. The ELR offers new.

It breaks zero technological the Volt s fascinating powertrain did years ago.

More customers buying an $80,000 Model S know that are getting a car that s comparable to $80,000 cars. Selling an ELR to means hiding the CTS Coupe in the of the showroom: That conventional, Cadillac has almost twice the is better proportioned, has a usable and drives better. Oh, and it costs half as much.

The ELR is not a bad car. In it drives very well. Its torsion beam rear is something you won t find in cars this price (in fact, you ll much find it nowhere it s an ancient design), and its creaking are the only big demerit in a suspension does a commendable job of managing wheels and 4050 lbs.

the battery is depleted (after 30 of mostly highway driving on our loop), the iron-block gas engine up almost imperceptibly. After the ELR hard, the 16-valve mill thrum along at its 4800 rpm peak, producing a scant 84 hp, and its is both inoffensive and very The ELR is fine around town you reach the limits of its nautical circle), but this coupe is happiest on the highway.

70 90 mph cruising is relaxed and quiet.

Except that at those a quick prod of the throttle is met with an unexpected and seemingly interruption of power while the orchestrates a drive mode in the exceedingly complicated transmission. Our fuel mileage (in a mixed loop) once the battery was averaged an indicated 30 mpg of premium highlighting the inefficiency of using a gas to power a generator instead of the directly.

Of course, most don t drive enough in a given day to deplete the battery, and it s in EV duty the ELR really saves fuel. But a sticker price this I can t help but think the ELR would to be powered by nothing more the hopes and dreams of some GM in order to make financial

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