AOL Autos Test Drive 2014 Cadillac ELR

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AOL Autos Test Drive: Cadillac ELR

Over the past Cadillac has taken a small of executives on a California road trying to convince people like you and writers like me) the new Cadillac ELR is not just a more version of the Chevy Volt .

The ELR is an hybrid two-door car meaning it can run on power for about 37 miles the gas engine kicks in. That’s the set up as the Chevy Volt, which can go 38 on electricity before it resorts to

But the biggest difference people focused on so far is the price: The ELR will go on for $75,995, while the Chevy starts at $34,000.

California be, by far, the biggest market for the More electric, advanced and plain old hybrids are purchased than in any other state in the So convincing people here of whom may think buying a all-electric Tesla Model S more green street than buying a car that on both electricity and gas will be

Cadillac execs met with in Silicon Valley, took from glossy lifestyle on a tour of classic homes by Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries in Springs, and brought AOL Autos to a hip Monica hotel to convince us the ELR is worthy of its price tag.

Did win us over? Read on to find

Sticker price: $75,000

price: $71,625

Engine: A I-4 engine combined with a 162 electric drive system

345 miles combined with gas and power

Performance: 207 horsepower, 295 of torque

Fuel economy: 33 mpg 82 mpg-e (miles per gallon, equivalent)

Seating: Four

Cargo capacity: 10.5 feet

No doubt about it, is a good-looking car. Car designers fret about having to new ways to make aerodynamic because they fear everything is going to start the same. But the ELR stands out because so well-designed.

The front grille almost like mirrored on a tall skyscraper — an geometric design for a part of the car is usually intended to let air into the compartment to cool the engine. But designers wanted to force air the car, so the grille blocks air from entering under the Traditional designs like leave air swirling around in the compartment, causing drag and fuel economy .

The design of the side mirrors are design feature that act as an tool. The mirrors let air slip in the car and the mirrors, keeping air close to the of the car, and preventing air turbulence the mirrors.

From the side the two-door coupe is much than it’s four-door Volt relative, with a roofline leading to the trunk. looks great from a view, but it makes getting and sitting in the back seat unpleasant. Anyone taller 5’7» should rule out comfortably sitting in the ELR’s seat.

This is where the ELR is a standout compared to the Chevy The Volt feels like a humble mass-market car, hard plastic surfaces and a Swedish-furniture design feel. The ELR much more comforting, sitting in a warm rich library (you know, the one have next to the pool and across from the formal room.)

Using a variety of materials, a synthetic suede-like fabric the steering wheel, leather a wrapped dashboard and a combination of looking panels and wood-like the car feels like a luxury The center stack entertainment usings Cadillac’s CUE system, eliminates knobs in favor of bars that you slide finger over. It takes getting used to, and I’m not a fan.


Like we said the backseat is pretty much unless you are really short, a or don’t mind banging head on the roof or glass.

big barrier between the rear is actually part of the housing for the battery needed to power the drive system. The Chevy also only has room for two in the back. It was hard to get into rear seats, and I can’t it’s fun to spend more 10 or 15 minutes back there.

The trunk was also pretty but it fit our two big bags. It’s definitely enough for supermarket shopping, a big Costco trip might be a challenging.

Cadillac did what it to differentiate the ELR’s driving from the Volt’s. They lots of sound dampening to keep the car quiet (because a big gas engine under the hood to some white noise, cars are a lot noisier than gas

When driving on battery the car feels like a futuristic car It gets lots of immediate and Cadillac added paddle-shifters to the wheel to make driving a more fun. You can’t gears with the paddles. the paddles engage the regenerative

Which makes powering twisty and curvy roads because you can keep your over the gas pedal and brake your hands.

When the power runs out and the gas generator in, that’s where the ELR’s kick in. The generator revs and loud, and doesn’t appear to with how fast or slow driving. It’s off-putting, we’ve heard GM executives in the say Volt drivers get accustomed to the

Still, for a $75,000 car, hoped they’d figured out a way to the noise.

Well, let’s be We here at AOL Autos are not huge CUE The system uses something haptics — basically, the vibrates slightly when you it. And the volume, fan and other controls are bars you slide your over.

We’ve test plenty of Cadillacs, and we still get used to it. The screen and center look so cool, we understand why want to push this people. But it’s just not enough for us.

Is this car worth the price of the Chevy Volt? actually, we kind of wish hadn’t released the price so because that’s all anyone has focused on trying to determine.

Its competitor is probably the Tesla S, which would cost $75,000 when similarly out with options. The Model S is for smooth, liquidy acceleration, a touch-screen that will your neighbors, and rarity in parts of the country. The ELR, comes from a company has a long history of building

As we see from Tesla’s recent the company is a total newcomer to the of safety regulation.

The ELR is plenty fun to and we are not-so-secretly hoping it does in the marketplace. But GM will probably that the car is probably $10,000 to overpriced, so don’t be surprised if start coming later in The car goes on sale this

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