2014 Cadillac ELR Review

  • Performance
    3.5 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    4.4 of 5.0
  • Interior
    3.9 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    4.0 of 5.0
22 Mar 2014

The latest car manufactured by Cadillac is the 2014 ELR. By definition the 2014 Cadillac ELR is a compact hybrid car. The ELR is not just any hybrid; it is the first plug-in hybrid manufactured by Cadillac. The specifications of the car give a good idea that the ELR will fulfill the exceptions it has created. Let’s look at the 2014 Cadillac ELR in detail:

Hybrid System

Conserving the environment is a priority of everyone. Even car manufacturers are lending a hand to save the planet. The 2014 Cadillac ELR is a big step forward towards a greener lifestyle. The hybrid system of the 2014 Cadillac ELR uses state-of-the-art technology. Let’s look at this system in detail.

The 2014 Cadillac ELR uses a 16.5 kWh battery. This is pretty much the same kind of battery used by the Chevrolet Volt. However, the 2014 Cadillac ELR’s battery pack is significantly lighter than the one used on the Volt. The electric motor of the ELR delivers an amazing 207 horsepower which is commendable for a compact car. In addition to the horsepower, the ELR’s motor is rated at 295 pounds of torque.

The 16.5 kWh battery pack is generally charged using a plug-in charging system. The battery will require five hours to fully charge. On the other hand, if you are using a 120 Volt system, you would require 12 to 18 hours to bring the battery to full capacity. On its own, the battery can power the 207 horsepower motor for up to 37 miles.

Once the battery is used up, the onboard gas engine starts up. This gas engine is 1.4 liters in capacity. This engine works as a generator and charges the battery. The battery then gives power to the electric motor to give you an all-electric drive. On the highway you can get a mileage of up to 35 miles to the gallon. The mileage of the 2014 Cadillac ELR in the city is pretty impressive as well, you can get up to 31 miles to the gallon.

Suspension System

The suspension system of the 2014 Cadillac ELR is rather advanced as well. It has four driving modes. According to the mode that you select the suspension will alter its settings. For instance, if you select the sports mode, the suspension will become firmer. In addition to the suspension, the steering settings are also altered. To give you a sportier feel, the steering wheel will also become a little stiff. You can choose from the Tour Mode, Mountain Mode or Hold Mode to suit your driving needs.

Exterior Design

The exterior design of the 2014 Cadillac ELR is nothing short of amazing. For an electric car, the ELR looks mean and sporty. The muscular design of the 2014 Cadillac ELR is further complemented by the large grille and LED headlights. The design engineers have focused on every minor detail to give the ELR an aerodynamic structure. The concealed door handles, rear lights, and the grille are just a few examples.

Interior Design

The interior design of the 2014 Cadillac ELR is unlike any other hybrid vehicle. The ELR has lush leather seats, with wooden and carbon fiber trims on the door panels and dashboard. The 2014 Cadillac ELR also has soft ambient lighting and a futuristic instrument panel as well. These two aspects give it the modern look of a hybrid compact car.

The 2014 Cadillac ELR might just be the compact car which will set new standards for hybrid vehicles.