2014 Cadillac ELR
Frank Washington | 12/30/2014, 3:27 p.m.
Because of its electric motor this car was almost silent. The gasoline powered generator was only 1.4 liters with a maximum engine speed of 4,800 rpm, thus, it was almost as quiet as the electric motor. The two worked in tandem seamlessly. The car had regenerative brakes and stop and go technology.
The Cadillac ELR had a top speed of 106 mph that we never neared. It had a zero to 60 mph time of 7.8 seconds in range extended mode; add one second when it is in electric mode. We didn’t try either one of those.
Quite frankly, the Cadillac ELR was not a sports car, we don’t know if it qualifies as a luxury performance sedan either. But it was a luxury experience in every sense of the concept. The electric gas generator propulsion system moved the two-ton coupe effortlessly.
With an electric motor, only two gears were needed: backwards and forwards. That contributed to the smooth cloud like ride as well as the near silence. The suspension compression was a little rigid at times but it wasn’t harsh.
The car was chock full of equipment. There were four drive modes: sport, tour, mountain and hold. The later would reserve the battery charge for later use relying on the gasoline powered electric generator.
It had the usual creature comforts including Bluetooth, satellite radio, a navigation system, heated front seats and voice controls. The car’s OnStar system had automatic crash assist, stolen vehicle assistance, its own turn-by-turn navigation, roadside assistance, 24/7 crisis assistance and more.
Driver and passengers are swathed in all that technology by leather, carbon fiber, suede micro-fiber and wood trim. There was royal blue ambient lighting (it could have been a little brighter) and a power assisted storage cup holder in the center console.
There was the Cadillac User Experience system or CUE that can be so confounding it came with an onboard tutoring program. The car had an eight-inch configurable TFT screen that was one of the slickest we’ve encountered.
A charging schedule could be programmed into the car. It also had a safety alert seat, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. It had a rearview camera, park assist and blind side alert with cross traffic alert.
There is a line from a film that says no expense was spared. And indeed that can be said when it comes to the 2014 Cadillac ELR.
Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com