Frame from 2014 Cadillac ELR video on YouTube, with actor Neil McDonoughEnlarge Photo
Finally, we get to six vehicles that for various reasons sell only in low volumes. Some are pricey, some are in segments that normally see only low sales, and all of them are running at just 200 sales per month--and in some cases, considerably less.
2014 Cadillac ELR (above)
Launched only in December, the mission of the Cadillac ELR range-extended luxury coupe was to use GM's Voltec powertrain (as in the Chevy Volt) in an upscale, more luxurious vehicle that would give Cadillac a plug-in to compete with models coming from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and other luxury brands. But while the striking coupe design is luxurious and quiet inside, it's neither powerful nor revolutionary--and most reviewers felt it falls far short of its high price.
- How far you can go on electricity: 37 miles (EPA)
- Combined gas mileage on gasoline: 33 mpg (EPA)
- List price (before any incentives): $75,000
- Where you can buy it: Roughly half of U.S. Cadillac dealers have signed up to sell the ELR
- How many have been sold/leased: 105 (as of Feb 28)
- The buzz on it: A nice, luxurious car for two people that's priced about $30,000 too high. Wait for it to come off lease.
2013 Ford Focus ElectricEnlarge Photo
2014 Ford Focus Electric
After the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric was the third plug-in car from a global maker to go on sale, way back in late 2011. But its sales have been minimal, and Ford itself has said it doesn't expect the car to succeed--a puzzling message given that the company brags that it can build the electric Focus on the same production lines as the gasoline versions.
- How far you can go on electricity: 76 miles (EPA)
- List price (before any incentives): $35,170
- Where you can buy it: Ford dealers across the country certified to sell plug-in cars
- How many have been sold/leased: 2,700 (as of Feb 28)
- The buzz on it: All the features of the regular Focus (nice interior, good handling) in a quieter, all-electric version. But load space in the cargo bay is severely compromised by the onboard charger, making the latest Leaf a more practical option.
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In HybridEnlarge Photo
2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid
The latest generation of the Honda Accord, which debuted for 2013, has been well received--and it adds two new models, both a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The latter is sold only in small numbers, through the same Honda dealers who sell the Fit EV battery-electric hatchback.
- How far you can go on electricity: 13 miles (EPA)
- Combined gas mileage on gasoline: 46 mpg (EPA)
- List price (before any incentives): $39,780
- Where you can buy it: California and the Northeast
- How many have been sold/leased: 580 (as of Feb 28)
- The buzz on it: We liked Honda's first plug-in hybrid on our test drive, and found its electric-only performance to be strong, though it has less range than the competing Ford Fusion Hybrid. But it's a rare beast indeed, unavailable in most parts of the country.