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2014 Cadillac ELR: 84 MPGe, 33 mpg combined; 37 miles electric range, 340 miles total range
According to Cadillac, the ELR will deliver an electric vehicle (EV) range of about 35 miles, which is slightly less than the Volt's 38 miles due to the higher power output.
The gauge cluster mixes analog displays for gas and electric levels, while the center is all digital....It only has two display styles, and each one has an option that declutters the screen of EV information.
The beauty of a plug-in hybrid is you can drive it anywhere, but if you fork over this much you want to enjoy yourself every mile.
There is also a manually operable regenerative braking system that is controlled by paddles behind the steering wheel, allowing the pilot to select from several levels of retardation aggression.
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The EPA has now certified fuel-economy ratings for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and it is now the luxury brand's most efficient car, by a wide margin.
The ELR offers fuel economy of its gas-electric drivetrain of 33 miles per gallon combined. More important to green-car shoppers will be its electric-only driving range of 37 miles, and its 82-MPGe fuel-efficiency rating when operated on electric power alone.
Those figures are roughly equal to the ones affirmed for the Chevy Volt, which pioneered the ELR's primarily series-hybrid drivetrain, though the ELR carries around about 200 pounds of additional weight despite two fewer doors. Charging times remain the same, at about 4.5 hours on a 240-volt connection or more than 7 hours on a 120-volt household outlet.
On a full tank of gas, the ELR has an operating range of 340 miles.
Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system has new layers of information to display the ELR's charging status and operational efficiency--and like the Volt, it can be monitored by remote via a smartphone app that also provides drivers with the ability to set charging times based on lower electricity rates, and to set up alerts for battery charge state.
Our initial drives in the ELR didn't provide the chance to measure our own fuel economy--and took place in the canyons around Malibu, where fuel efficiency takes a nose-dive. We'll report back as we have more real-world exposure to the ELR.
Its estimated MPGe ratings are high, but living up to them in the ELR will require a steady green hand at the wheel.