Video: 2014 Cadillac ELR Review


The 2014 Cadillac ELR is a misunderstood vehicle.

Cadillac ELR is Not to be Compared to the Chevy Volt

Cadillac ELR is Not to be Compared to the Chevy Volt

That’s the general viewpoint of this ELR review put out by the Detroit Free Press.

As automotive journalist Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press writes:

“Most of what you’ve probably heard about the three-star 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car is wrong. First and foremost, it’s not a Cadillac version of the four-door Chevrolet Volt. It’s a legitimate luxury coupe with unique styling, a lush interior, a new wheelbase and suspension and much more.”

“The ELR uses a version of the Volt’s drivetrain, but the two cars are otherwise very different.”

The ELR that Phelan drove had an MSRP of $81,140.

“The wedgy ELR cuts an imposing figure on the road. Its interior is equally striking.”

One would expect to find a striking interior in an $80,000 automobile.

“The suspension keeps the ELR poised in quick maneuvers and absorbs bumps for a comfortable ride. Extremely useful steering-wheel mounted paddles let the driver maximize regenerative braking to increase the battery’s range.”

Those paddles are not available on the Volt.  Likewise, the ELR’s suspension is completely different from the Volt.

Comparing the ELR to the Volt is pointless.  The two vehicles couldn’t be more different.  Aside from Voltec, they have almost no similarities.

Source: Detroit Free Press


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I would have bought one is 50K. For 80K I’m glad I went with the MS. If the volt was 2 door with lots of room up front I would have went with it also!

They can put out all the videos and press release after press release. The majority of people will still think of it as a Volt in Cadillac clothing. Personally I think they are more right than wrong. For fifty grand they would sell, for eighty not so much.

Who can complain. It is a positive review. We need GM to make their sales expectation so we can keep Voltec alive and well.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

$20k overpriced, at least.

I was living with and very pleased with a leased 2011 Volt. I was seriously looking at the ELR in concept form and eager to replace the 2011 Volt with the ELR to join our 2013 Tesla Model S in the home garage.

BUT not at $80,000 optioned, as that becomes “Tesla Territory.” At $55,000 range there would be an ELR in our garage.

Instead, there is now a 2014 Volt sitting alongside our Model S.

great combo, actually the best electric car combo. Volt for your long trips and occasional commuting when you want to switch off and the Model S for literally all of your commuting and short to medium and even a little longer distance trips.

Poor BMW, the marketing department for the new BMW i8 would be taken back reading all these price complaints as the Stunning Cadillac ELR Extended Range Electric Luxury Coupe is coming in at about half the price!

On the other hand, great ad, Cadillac Marketing!

Link Goes To YouTube – Cadillac ELR Olimpics Ad-


Thomas J. Thias

Sundance Chevrolet Inc.

The 4.4 sec 0-60 time and light weight of the i8 should not even be compared with this slow ELR.

Who would ever buy that one… Are they intentionally trying to fail?

No, its exactly a Cadillac version of the four door Chevy Volt. Volt looks nicer, cheaper, better car.

ELR is non proportional and weird looking, not worth 75k, and i’d say your a legit moron if you shell out that type of money for an ELR but not a Model S

I bet cadillac laughs at every person that buys an ELR. They know damn well its overpriced. They didnt even want to try and make an EV so they just sucked GM’s dick for the voltec system and put that in one of their cars and got their green credit and jacked up the price to see how many m0rons would actually buy it lol.

I’m one of those who thinks the ELR is absolutely beautiful, but absolutely overpriced. It was the car I hoped would be what I really wanted instead of the Volt (which I felt was a step down compared to my previous Audis).

However, I will say one thing and that’s if the lease deals for the ELR continue to get attractive then the car can make sense. At the current $699/mo for 39 mos it’s not great but it’s not far away from being in the same $55k-$60k car lease territory anyway. Only GM knows whether they truly want to move these, but so far it’s looking like they are struggling for meeting even minimal sales targets.

It’s such a winner that they will sell tens and tens of them. They may even eclipse Coda sales.
Detroit free press, youse stupid.

Gosh look at all the people taking pot shots at another vehicle which could add many miles of gasoline free driving.. As it is, the Volt has more gas free miles under its belt than even the Leaf. I’m not that wild about modern caddy styling in general, but even I can see that this is a nice car….. And it is much more powerful than the Volt, unimportant though that fact is for my point. Don’t people have anything better to do than to make generalized hating comments without coming up with something specifically wrong with the car? Although I have some qualms about the model S, there probably is one in my future at some point, but that is with me discounting all the many problems I’ve delineated with the car. If someone has something specifically wrong with the car, I’m all ears. As far as pricing goes, Scott200 here on InsideEvs has shown a comparably equipment Model S is $14,000 more expensive at least, and there are features the ELR has unavailable on the S at any price. And Vice versa of course. But the same people singing the same song of high prices, when they don’t… Read more »