2014 Cadillac ELR Consumer Review: ELR beats Tesla S hands down!!

2014 Cadillac ELR - Consumer Review

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Base Coupe (0-cyl. Hybrid 1-speed Direct Drive)

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ELR beats Tesla S hands down!!
By rowley123 on


2014 Cadillac ELR 2dr Coupe (gas/electric hybrid DD)


I wanted a luxury electric car and thought Tesla was the way to go UNTIL I saw the CADILLAC ELR.
This car is the way to go if you are looking for a high end electric car that is fun to drive and practical.
The all electric cars concerned me since you HAD to plan a long distance trip around charging.
The ELS, however has a 9 gallon gas tank there to power the generator to make more electricity- how awesome is that!!! (It is NOT a hybrid with a gasoline engine).
My only fault is with the rear seat size - but lets face it, the population that drives an ELR is not running kids to dance lessons - you are way past that! (or have a mini van for the "family car".)
Update 6/2017 --- I have since traded this ELR in for a new XT5 since I get a new car every two or three years tops. Unfortunately the ELR didn't catch with Tesla buyers as a BETTER electric car, yet it remained a "head turner" right until the end. I still maintain that until technology puts a charging station at every "gas station" and that electric charging time does not exceed the the time to gas-up, (5-min.) that an electric car with a back up gasoline source to power the generator when you exhaust the charge is the only way to go.

Best Features

  • Climate control
  • Entertainment
  • Usb ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation
  • Fuel economy
  • Maintenance cost
  • Warranty

Worst Features

  • Purchase cost

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By sukemadiq
on 07/20/14 13:46 PM (PDT)

80k for a 2 seater that can't keep up with a Honda Civic??? That gets a 1 for performance...

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By topvalueguy
on 05/16/15 10:05 AM (PDT)

If you had done five minutes of research on the ELR (even just read the Edmunds or Wikipedia description of it) you would have learned that the ELR is indeed a hybrid. It shares the hybrid Chevy VOLT drivetrain technology. Without meaning to badmouth the VOLT, I hate it when someone badmouths Tesla. There is no way this car is as cool as a Tesla. The slowest Tesla would smoke the ELR. The comfort, speed, safety, and reliability of Tesla more than offset the slight added cost. I just hope you got at least ten or twenty thousand off MSRP or you should have just gotten a VOLT.

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By redlineducks
on 02/20/15 08:45 AM (PST)

Sorry Rowley123, but your "review" of the Cadillac ELR is so full of errors and half-truths, it's almost comical. First, the ELR is a hybrid just as the Chevy Volt is a hybrid. Yes, they both have electric final drive systems. But the very definition of hybrid is the combined use of two different source technologies to power the vehicle down the road...which is what the ELR and Volt use. And no, this hybrid technology is not the same as pure electric vehicles such as the Tesla or the Nissan Leaf. You are sadly mistaken if you believe the ELR with its puny electric range is comparable to the 280-mile range of the Tesla. Yes, it beats the Leaf after the battery dies since it uses a small engine to regenerate the batteries and extend the range while driving. But you are BURNING fossil fuels in the process. And isn't one big reason you pay more for a true electric is to drive GREEN! Final word: At $70K+ the 4-seat ELR is truly overpriced. Save your money and buy a used Leaf for $13K or, better yet, get a new Tesla. Even the Chevy Volt is less than half the price of the ELR. It's no wonder Cadillac is having trouble selling these cars and has to offer huge discounts for "left-over" 2014 models.

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