Cadillac ELR – Pros and Cons


Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR

After driving the Cadillac ELR, Ward’s Auto put up a road-test review that we’d say is more negative than positive.



There were certain aspects of the ELR that Ward’s liked such as the interior quality, look and feel, its handling and the serene nature of its electric-drive unit, but for the most part Ward’s Auto seemed disappointed with the ELR.

As the auto mag wrote:

“…at the end of the day, the ELR is a bit too heavy and a tad too hybridized to qualify as a serious sport coupe.”

“…overall the ELR simply lacks the light-footed handling characteristics of a modern sport coupe, evidenced by its difficulty negotiating some of the decreasing radius turns in the canyons here.”

“The ELR is kind of slow, too.”

The sluggishness, according to Ward’s, is due to the curb weight of 4,050 pounds

As for range, Ward’s testers got 35.6 miles in electric-only mode and 38.2 mpg in range-extended mode.

Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of the Cadillac ELR as listed by Ward’s:


  • Tiffany-like lux, glamour
  • Torquey electric drive
  • Environmentally friendly



  • Whopping $76,000 sticker
  • Whiney range-extender
  • Not a canyon carver

Source: Ward’s Auto

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Hmmm, so now the ELR is a “Sport Coupe” ? First I’ve read of it. Wards is trying to act as its own lexicographer to fit a negative narrative.

Is the CTS-V coupe a “sport coupe”, yes. It the CTS coupe or the ELR a “sport coupe”, no. In fact Cadillac clearly labels the ELR as a “luxury” coupe.

So Ward’s needs to explain how it arrived on its jump to conclusions mat.

I think people shopping for high-end luxury coupes expect sport coupe performance to be thrown into the bargain. Without that in this case people are clearly wondering what warrants the sticker price.

Are there any 2-door cars in that price range which aren’t sporty?

The sad thing is that the ELR’s MSRP gives GM the budget to beef up the motor/inverter, turning the ELR into a rocket, and they passed on it.

“Luxury” coupe? I always thought “sporty” was implied for a small, sporty looking coupe. Not sure I’ve got a clear image of what a small “luxury” coupe with similar cabin space to my Volt is supposed to be and who the “luxury” coupe buyers are. There is a certain level of performance expectation for the size and style of the “luxury” car. The smaller and “sportier” looking, the more the performance expectations go up. If the ELR didn’t exist what would those consumers otherwise buy? What will they be trading in?

Not sure what the surprise is here. These reviews were easily predictable and foreseeable and they were.

Nothing there unexpected..

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Kind of embarrassing, and you can get a 60kWh Model S that’s faster for about the same $$. This car’s $20-25k too expensive to have a reason to exist.

Interesting as the a 60kwh Model S optioned up to equate the Trim level of the ELR is $7k more (air suspension not included) than the ELR.

To each their own, I guess.

That’s $7K well spent in my book.

Scott200’s analysis said that a comparably equipped Model S would be $89,000 at least, given the fact that you cannot option a model S’s interior to the suptuousness of the ELR – yet (if there’s a market, I’m sure eventually it will be another option on the S). So his analysis indicated that, for people who want a luxurious interior, the ELR is $14k cheaper.

Another intangible I’ve not seen discussed anywhere is longterm reliability. Unfortunately, both cars are still under warranty, so to speak.

The same logic can be applied to the price of the Model S. It is too high for a family sedan, yet there are folks buying it.

The sales of the ELR would depend much more on Cadillac’s willingness to sell the car. They have tried to keep the expectations low.

How do you keep those expectations low with the ELR’s size, look, and price? This have been mine and many others concerns with the ELR since GM announced the rediculously high price, more than two times the Volt’s. My apologies if you meant sales expectations. I think GM has done a remarkable job in this effort.

ELR “sport coupe”? Whose Idea was that?

Fellow Boston’ites, there’s one at Lynfield Herb Chambers Caddy. Brown interior, with all that Soleillelel Keisale (Splg?) leather inside.

The Cadillac has a starting price of $75,000, destination charges unknown. Per website (

The Model S starting price is $72,240 WITH “Destination and Regulatory Doc Fee”.
To get it the same price add the Supercharger network and Fog Lamp for a total of $74,740

If you drive both for 100 miles per day. The Supercharger network pays itself off quick if you use it.

This is more a “to each their own” thing. If I go for a long trip around 600 miles, we need an SUV. Neither will ever hold the family of 4’s luggage and long travel entertainment.

Since we are a family of 4.5, the ELR is out.

Don’t know if stopping every 150 miles to charge for 1/2hr fits the average family of 4.5’s desires but the usable storage space for luggage and travel entertainment items exceeds CUVs and many SUVs.