2014 Cadillac ELR

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR is a premium plug-in hybrid. Although it looks like a smaller version of the Cadillac CTS coupe and has a lavish interior similar to that in the full-size XTS, it's actually closely related to the Chevrolet Volt. It uses a slightly more powerful version of the Volt's gasoline/electric powertrain and likewise rides on a beefed-up version of the Volt's chassis. Cadillac estimates that it will travel about 35 miles on battery power alone. Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder extends the total range to about 300 miles.


The 2014 Cadillac ELR coupe is a thoroughly reskinned, very premium version of the four-door Chevrolet Volt. It rides on the same front-wheel-drive architecture and uses essentially the same plug-in-hybrid powertrain. General Motors hopes the higher-priced ELR will help it reap more returns from the Volt’s very expensive development program. Cadillac joins a burgeoning class of premium green cars that includes the Tesla Model S, the BMW i3, and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The design for the 2014 Cadillac ELR first surfaced at the Detroit auto show four years ago as the Converj, a concept developed within six months at the behest of then-vice-chairman Bob Lutz. Back then GM was taking heat for the fact that the 2007 Chevrolet Volt concept had turned into a decidedly dumpier production car. So, when people went gaga over the Converj, there was a strict mandate to bring it to production with as few changes as possible. A close comparison reveals that the creases have softened a bit, but practically everything else is amazingly faithful. Even the wheels look the same. All that style exacts a penalty on the car’s aerodynamics and, ultimately, its efficiency. Despite its sleek wedge shape, the ELR has a higher (read: poorer) coefficient of drag than the Volt -- 0.31 versus 0.28.

The ELR also goes beyond the call of duty in redressing the Volt's shortcomings in interior quality. We're talking trim comprised of two kinds of real wood and real carbon fiber. The steering-wheel center alone features leather stitched on top of a suedelike material. All of that will be standard. Twenty-way adjustable seats wrapped in brown aniline leather are one of the few options. Cadillac will also offer a cashmere color scheme. The Volt’s back seat is fairly cramped, so the Cadillac makes do with two doors and a two-plus-two layout, yielding a more attractive design.

The most amazing or disappointing aspect of the ELR, depending on your point of view, is that it's "just" a Volt underneath its pretty skin. The electric motor, 1.4-liter gasoline engine, and lithium-ion battery pack are essentially identical to what's in the Chevy. Output rises to 207 hp and an impressive 400 lb-ft of torque (compared with 149 hp and 365 lb-ft in the Volt), but the ELR also carries more weight. Cadillac says it should accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about eight seconds. It will feel faster than that number suggests thanks to the instant torque delivery. Of course, the raison d'être for an electric vehicle remains efficiency. Cadillac isn't ready to announce numbers (which, in any event, vary wildly in the real world), but electric-only range should be about 35 miles. With a full charge and a topped-off gas tank, Cadillac expects the ELR will travel more than 300 miles, versus 380 miles in the Volt. The Volt's front-wheel-drive chassis, itself an adaptation of GM's global compact architecture, carries over with some changes. The ELR wears twenty-inch wheels versus the Volt's seventeens, which necessitated larger front brakes. So-called HiPer Struts in front, which we've seen before in high-power applications such as the Buick Regal GS, should improve steering feel. There's also an underbody brace. Active dampers (not to be confused with the magnetorheological dampers found on other Cadillacs) will offer multiple ride settings, including a sport mode. That setting will also adjust throttle mapping and steering effort.

All this improvement over the Volt won’t come cheap. Although Cadillac has not yet confirmed pricing on the ELR, we expect it to hover around $70,000. That tag will probably offend folks who already think the Volt is overpriced. We think that if Cadillac can sell a fancy version of a body-on-frame truck (the Escalade) for that money, surely it can find a few customers for a sophisticated, beautiful plug-in hybrid.

You'll like:

  • Stunning styling
  • Spare-no-expenses interior
  • Zero-emissions driving in the city, cross-country driving range

You won't like:

  • Not as fast as it looks
  • Not as efficient as the Chevrolet Volt
  • Not much room in the back seat

Key Competitors

  • BMW i3
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
  • Tesla Model S
2014 Cadillac ELR Front Three Quarters
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While it might cost more than twice as much as the Chevrolet Volt on which it is based, the 2014 Cadillac ELR has a certain luxury appeal to it that could coax well-to-do types into the flashy two-door hybrid. Cadillac claims a 340-mile driving range when ELR’s gas tank and battery are full, so videographer Sandon Voelker set out to see if the 2014 Cadillac ELR could take him through a weekend driving around Michigan.
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As an incentive to the first 2014 Cadillac ELR customers, Cadillac will provide a free 240-volt charging system and complimentary home installation. For those who prefer a leasing option to the ELR’s lofty $75,995 starting price, Cadillac also announced it is offering an ultra-low-mileage lease (which Cadillac says is about 12,540 miles per year) included with the same extended warranty for the lithium-ion battery.

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2014 Cadillac ELR Specifications

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1.4L I4Engine
217 hp
295 ft lb of torque
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 72 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Cadillac ELR vehicles not equipped with adaptive cruise control and manufactured September 26, 2013, through February 14, 2014, and equipped without adaptive cruise control. In these vehicles, the electronic stability control (ESC) system software may inhibit certain ESC diagnostics, preventing the system from alerting the driver that the ESC system is partially or fully disabled. As such, these vehicles fail to conform with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 126, "Electronic Stability Control Systems."
If the driver is not alerted to an ESC malfunction they may continue driving with a disabled ESC system which may result in loss of directional control, increasing the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will recalibrate the Electronic Brake Control Module (EBCM), free of charge. The recall began on May 20, 2014. Owners may contact Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 14087.
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Recall Date
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Buick Encore and Cadillac ATS; 2014 Cadillac CTS, ELR, Chevrolet Caprice and SS vehicles; and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Trucks. Due to an incomplete weld on the seat hook bracket assembly, the front seats in the affected vehicles may not stay secured in place during a high load condition such as a crash.
A seat that does not stay secured increases the risk of occupant injury in a vehicle crash.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat hook bracket assembly weld and replace the lower seat track, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on August 15, 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14340.
Potential Units Affected
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