Video: CNN Money Reviews the Cadillac ELR


Aside from its lofty $75,000-plus price tag and mediocre acceleration, the Cadillac ELR is a brilliant plug-in vehicle.

Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR

That’s the case being made here by CNN Money in this Cadillac ELR video review.

With perhaps dozens of ELR reviews now in, the consensus is that it’s nothing like the Chevy Volt.  Sure, it operates in the same way, but the ELR is claimed to be more refined by most reviews, especially in the areas of interior treatments and suspension/handling, that the two vehicles are really totally different from each other.

That’s not to say that the Chevy Volt is inferior to the ELR.  Just that each vehicle is unique and you have to weigh your desires in deciding whether or not the added refinement and sophistication found in the ELR is worth the extra $30,000 or so.

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17 responses to "Video: CNN Money Reviews the Cadillac ELR"
  1. GeorgeS says:

    They should quote the lease price instead of MSRP.
    It would make for a more positive spin.

  2. Mint says:

    The problem is that if the ELR didn’t have a plug, it would be panned by journalists that compared it to many other cars in it price class (and even below). There’s no such thing as a luxury car with poor acceleration, because nobody would buy it.

  3. Koz says:

    Extra $40,000 or so. $35k vs $75k.

  4. Bill Howland says:

    A very nice, reasonably priced luxury car with “the best interior I’ve seen in a GM product”. Thats saying something, especially since a $130K Tesla S cannot duplicate it. I look forward to test driving the ELR. With acceleration and handling much better than the Volt, which I very much like, it should be great.

    Before someone says I have no idea how a ‘fast’ car should perform, I should mention my other car is a 0-60 in 4 seconds Tesla Roadster.

    1. Giza says:

      You meant to say unreasonably priced. Which it is.
      And a Tesla Model S doesn’t have to cost 130k$. Why these unreasonable comments?
      GM did something really stupid with the ELR, no need to try to lie about it.
      It could well be a far greater failure than Pontiac Aztek. And deservedly so.

      1. Mint says:

        He’s saying that a top of the line Model S doesn’t have as nice an interior as the ELR, and he’s right. Of course, he’s ignoring that the interior is not what you’re paying for with the top Model S.

        Bill, if you want to compare interiors, you should compare with other $60-70k cars. An E250 Bluetec starts at $52k, for example. It’s not an EV, but it gives you an idea of how “reasonably priced” the ELR is.

      2. Bill Howland says:

        Hah! Well, Rolls Royce should close down since a Volt is smoother.

        I agree with Dan68 – all this trash talking of competive EV’s is getting very old. No substantive claims of any defects with the car, just that it seems overpriced to a bunch of armchair quarterbacks. Nobody is forcing you to buy it.

        When you find something seriously wrong with the car, let me know. Emphasis on Seriously Wrong.

        1. Giza says:

          Rolls Royce should close down. It’s a joke of a vehicle.

          And the price of the ELR is wrong. Seriously wrong. You are just clueless fanboy positive about it. The CNN guy states the same in his spineless journalist way. And the sales will reflect that, mr armchair quarterback.

          1. Bill Howland says:

            No, they haven’t quite made the sale with me to date. But I can tell that at least , it is a very nice car. And for all the blabbering, no one mentioned what is wrong with the car other than in certain people’s opinions it is overpriced.

            I may eventually purchase a Model S anyway, but even I can see the car is way way overpriced for what you get. I’m not averse to it necessarily, I’m just stating the facts.. When Musk suddenly increased the price of the Roadster $20,000 AFTER accepting non-refundable deposits (to the ire of deposit owners), I still wanted the car so much that I purchased it anyway.

            1. Bill Howland says:

              Giza, calling Rolls Royce a joke indicates a lot.

              I don’t think people curious about RR’s have much to worry about.

              If the Big Boss ever comes in with a Rolls, try telling him his car is a joke. Back in the 1970’s every movie star had to have one, just like every kid now HAS to have a smart phone, never mind that in general, they can’t talk or spell, or carry on a meaningful conversation.

              Also not singling you out, but let’s keep the conversation on a somewhat dignified level. Ad hominem attacks are against the policy of most blogs.

    2. Mint says:

      Even at $50k, almost every gas coupe smokes the ELR. I know the EV powerband makes up for some of that, but not that much.

      It’s a competitive world out there, and it makes no engineering sense to make any EV with subpar performance, let alone a pricey one. The marginal cost for a more powerful motor, electronics, and cooling is way less than it is for an ICE. I can understand being a bit conservative about a small battery being driven too hard, but in series hybrid mode there’s 50kW from the generator.

      Yeah, in a vacuum or compared to 1980 standards, the ELR has good performance. But by today’s standards it’s anemic.

      The goal of the ELR is to milk profits using their EREV first mover advantage. They didn’t significantly upgrade the traction motor like they should have, and it simply isn’t worth $75k.

      1. Open-Mind says:

        Even with the standard Volt motor, software tweaks alone can make the Volt pull 0-60 MPH in 5.5 seconds. This was discussed at and is demonstrated in the video below. It’s baffling why GM chose to not utilize more of this potential in the ELR.

    3. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      The ELR needs at least $20k on the hood. For the price GM is charging, you’d have to be a drooling mongoloid to pick it over the Tesla. Crappy acceleration, crappy 3.3kW charging, small battery, pass.

  5. Ryan says:

    They should have at least put a bigger battery pack in it. Or really pumped up the performance. They claim a little `ol electric Spark has ~400 ft/lbs torque….. (need to see one on a chassis dyno!)

    1. Anthony says:

      Yeah, looking back on the ELR it would have been much easier to digest the 75K price tag if the range on the car was 50-60 miles. The problem being of course battery technology jury isn’t there yet in a kWh per unit volume to make the car more than just rolling batteries.

  6. Bloggin says:

    At $49k a loaded Cadillac ELR makes sense. At $75k, it’s joke.

    Which makes me wonder if Lincoln’s delay in offering a MKZ plug-in hybrid model is with Ford trying to fit a larger battery pack in the MKZ.

    30 EV miles should be the minimum for a luxury plug-in anyway, along with a onboard charger faster than 6.6kWh.

  7. MrEnergyCzar says:

    Hard to believe the engine would be louder in the ELR with all that noise cancellation…