The 2014 Cadillac ELR is an entirely new kind of Cadillac. It’s not only a compact luxury coupe, but the first-ever plug-in model for the luxury brand. It’s a high-style, premium range-extended electric car, with a battery range of 37 miles that’s extended by a gasoline for a total driving range on one tank of as much as 345 miles.
The ELR’s most flattering angle comes from those numbers–when viewing it as a less practical relative of the groundbreaking Chevy Volt. Seen as a luxury sport coupe, the ELR falters. It’s an uneasy fit in the Cadillac fold, and its breathtaking price gives even spendy green drivers pause.
If its stats sound suspiciously like the rather less glamorous or luxurious Chevrolet Volt, there’s good reason: The two cars share powertrains, if not body styles and other running gear. Fundamentally, the ELR employs
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