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For shoppers with a green conscience, there's an undeniable appeal to plug-in hybrid cars like the Cadillac ELR coupe. Depending on your driving habits, you may be able to spend your weekdays commuting in all-electric mode, while an onboard gasoline engine gives you the ability to venture far beyond the reach of an extension cord on the weekends. You'll also travel in style in the ELR, which is among the first luxury-brand plug-in hybrids. Its bold design and plush interior will likely pique your interest, even if you've never considered buying a hybrid before.
A two-door coupe, the Cadillac ELR manages to look less utilitarian than other hybrids, while still offering seating for four. Although it's mechanically based on the Chevrolet Volt, you'd never guess that from outward appearances, as the ELR's angular lines, rich leather and long list of standard amenities give it a distinctly Cadillac feel. In our experience, however, the driving experience is just too similar to Chevy's hybrid. The gasoline engine gets noisy under duress, while the ride quality is unpolished for a luxury coupe. Factor in the Cadillac ELR's substantial price tag and very small backseat and trunk and we have a hard time recommending this hybrid coupe in spite of its unusual blend of style and frugality.
Used Cadillac ELR Models
The Cadillac ELR is all new, but buyers interested in purchasing a plug-in hybrid car with similar electric-only range may want to check out the Chevrolet Volt, which went on sale for 2011 and provides much the same driving experience.
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