2014 Cadillac ELR vs. Its Competition

2014 Cadillac ELR
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There are no other plug-in electric luxury coupes on the market, so the 2014 Cadillac ELR probably competes with plug-in vehicles in other segments.

The clear leader in luxury electric cars is the Tesla Model S, a tour de force from the Silicon Valley startup carmaker that's stylish, powerful, exclusive, and offers electric range of more than 200 miles in both versions.

It's priced from $70,000 up (before incentives), more expensive than we expect the ELR will be, but it will hold four adults and lots of luggage comfortably--it's simply larger than the compact ELR.

On the other hand, the ELR dispenses with range anxiety--and does so without compromising performance, unlike the tiny 34-hp range extender that will be offered in the BMW i3 five-door hatchback electric car, which goes on sale early next year about the same time as the ELR.

Finally, there's the Volt, which has less onboard technology, less luxurious interior fittings and materials, and slightly less performance.

It does, however, likely offer a few more miles of electric range.

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MSRP From  
$75,000$41,350$34,185
Gas Mileage  
31 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy35 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas/ElectricElectricGas/Electric I4
EPA Class  
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name  
2-Door Coupe4-Door HB5-Door HB
Drivetrain  
Front wheel driveRear Wheel DriveFront wheel drive
Passenger Capacity  
444
Passenger Doors  
2N/A4
Body Style  
CoupeHatchbackHatchback
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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