2014 Cadillac ELR review

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2014 Cadillac ELR

An odd flagship if ever was one, the ELR now sits at the top of increasingly broad and increasingly lineup. It’s what’s this shapely coupe’s that might raise a few

Its chiseled lines certainly the part, yet a largely unchanged Volt platform and powertrain and motivates the $75,000 ELR. A in case you were wondering, for around $35,000.

That 40 big ones needs to buy a lot more just leather trim and style. To see if it lives up to its pricetag, we in and hit the road with Cadillac’s plug-in extended-range EV.

On the surface literally, in this case the ELR is a svelte car of the future. Derived the brand’s 2009 Detroit Converj concept, it is a show car to life. Inside, ELR boasts latest CUE infotainment nestled a cabin otherwise composed of leather trim.

Underneath, the ELR is mostly a Chevy Volt. An 84 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine up with an electric drive for a total system output of 217 and 295 lb-ft. of torque, a bump of 68 ponies over the Volt. below the car’s center and rear seat sits a lithium-ion battery that the scales at 435 lbs. (the car 4,050 lbs. overall).

A conventional transmission isn’t given the electric powertrain.

the Volt, the ELR can run for about 37 miles on an charge before the gas engine on to work as a charging generator. A tap of a button lets drivers just when they to use the electric motor.

Power is in EV mode, meaning 0-60 mph a lengthy 8.8 seconds. In extended-range with the gas motor running, time drops to a more 7.8 seconds, although neither is particularly quick.

Despite its powertrain, ELR does use GM’s sophisticated HiPer strut suspension to deliver improved plus continuous-damping shock for a more premium ride. Out however, the Volt’s low-tech link rear suspension carries over mostly

What’s it up against?

Short of a Model S, we can’t think of any ecofriendly flagship one might against the ELR.

What’s it like?

No question that the ELR is pretty. Penned under the of GM design chief Ed Welburn, is undeniably a sexy coupe and one worthy of wearing the E name, is for Eldorado as much as it is for electric .


short overhangs and sculpted profile make it look than its 186 inch length suggest. Amplifying that look is a high belt big 20-inch alloy wheels and headlamps, all of which make the body look downright

Moreover, nice details including a Cadillac script into the head lamps and a chrome mustache above the license plate.

And on the inside?

where the ELR really feels an $80,000 ride. What like an entire herd of longhorns adorns nearly surface inside the ELR including its doors, center console and Beautiful stitching, open wood paneling and hints of suede (more durable in a application) trim break up the smooth hide.

Cadillac’s controversial CUE infotainment commands attention in the center Designed to work kind of a tablet computer, CUE is pretty to at but frustrating to use. Simple require a lengthy glance from the road ahead and an flick or two at the screen. Not helping are tiny steering wheel that are anything but ergonomic.

simply flipping through presets requires two taps one should do.

Another LCD screen in front of the driver. Although excessively busy at first this highly configurable actually offered few distractions. It information about the battery’s of charge, the fuel tank’s and even driving habits in a organized fashion.

Moreover, the proved crisp even in sunlight, something we can’t say the view out the glare-prone windshield and window.

But does it go?

Ignore those aforementioned figures for a moment and note the ELR’s torque peak as soon as the gas pedal is depressed the electric motor has virtually no up time to speak of. Careful tuning means that the ELR like a luxury car, forward with more than most drivers expect. But it does so in a refined way the crest-and-wreath brand.

Though the ELR peppy, it isn’t particularly even with a sport tuning mode engaged. passing prompts a deep at the throttle, which only to remind drivers that isn’t much in reserve.

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We little problem achieving of 35 miles on a single charge, takes around 5 hours to on a 240V setup. Once the gas kicks over, a prominent can be heard at idle as the mill in at its torque peak. But once way, there’s little difference other than a power boost.

GM quotes a 33 mpg fuel economy figure for the That figure tested right, but it isn’t especially On the other hand, this is a example of your mileage may since many drivers may use a gallon or two of gas a week or even a if most of their trips are

Overall, ELR offers a roughly 350 range between electric and gas about 315 of those miles are gasoline only, meaning unlike an EV, the ELR would have no driving coast-to-coast with no than fuel stops.

again, everything above apply to the Volt, so it’s that the ELR stands apart in of the rest of the driving experience. impressions don’t indicate of a difference. The ELR has the same ultra-fast, steering as the Volt, and both the same heavy, highly ride quality afforded by the battery that lowers the center of gravity.

Turn up a notch or two and the changes become apparent.

Exhibiting virtually no lean, the ELR corners more than the Volt. Road is better filtered. Bumps with less intrusion to the cabin.

In short, the ELR is decidedly more — but, at twice the is it twice the car?

Leftlane’s line

Chop $20,000 off of the sticker price and it becomes a purchase for those wanting upmarket driving dynamics and an EV-like ride.

But at $80,000-plus as we’d lean toward a Volt and Cadillac’s own ATS for the same Seems like a better to us.

2014 Cadillac ELR base $75,000. As tested, $80,680.

cruise control/collision preparation, Luxury package, $1,695; Red paint, $995; Destination,

Photos by Andrew Ganz.

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