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2014 Cadillac ELR Offers Exceptional Fuel Economy but Lacks in Engine Power

Cadillac ELR

Introduction

An extremely elegant and stylish car, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is a brilliant electric coupe possessing an exclusive look; however, it seems to be quite expensive with a base price of $75,000.

Cadillac ELR

Let me take you through some of the salient features of this electric hybrid coupe:

Engine

The 2014 ELR possesses a 1.4 liter 4-cylinder engine with a 16.5-kilowatt-hour battery, which can sustain 37 miles of pure electric driving. The car has the potential to generate 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

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Top Speed & Acceleration

The 2014 ELR can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds in extended-range mode and takes 8.8 seconds in electric-only mode. You cannot call it exceptional, especially when we compare it with some of its competitors like the Tesla Model S. The maximum speed it can achieve is 106 mph, which is again shorter than its rivals.

Exterior & Interior

The hybrid coupe retains a graceful exterior and is a head-turner with 20-inch wheels and LED headlights and tail-lamps that augment its splendor. The gentle curve of the dashboard towards and around the driver feels quite pleasant. The 2014 Cadillac ELR offers seating to four adults, with ample leg space. The leather and other materials used in the interior are no doubt top-notch, while several connectivities and mobility features are also a part of the cabin.

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Specifications

Engine Type Gas/Electric
Displacement 1.4L/85.3
Brake Type Regenerative
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Trunk Volume 10.5 ft³
Wheelbase 106.10 in
Length, Overall 186.00 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors 72.70 in
Height, Overall 55.90 in
Track Width, Front 62.10 in
Track Width, Rear 62.40 in
Passenger Capacity 4
Steering Type Electric Pwr
Suspension Type – Front HiPer Strut
Suspension Type – Rear Watts Link
Drivetrain Front-wheel drive

Pros

  • Extremely elegant and striking style
  • Wonderful interior design and material
  • Quiet and smooth electric power
  • Remarkable Fuel Economy

Cons

  • Extremely costly
  • Pretty average acceleration and top speed
  • Powertrain noise is a touch disturbing

Competitors

Some of the major rivals of the 2014 Cadillac ELR are Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Fisker Karma, and Nissan Leaf.

Verdict

I would give this electric hybrid coupe 7.5 out of 10 due to its exceptional architecture but the average engine. However, with a combined fuel economy of 33 MPG, it is surely one of the most economical cars out there.