2014 Cadillac ELR Safety

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No crash-test ratings are available yet for the 2014 Cadillac ELR--neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has put one on the sled. The ELR's platform-mate Chevy Volt has done extraordinarily well in testing, however, so we're giving the related ELR a slight boost in its rating here until otherwise convinced.

All ELRs come with a passel of safety technology that's practically a requirement in its class, including forward-collision alerts and a lane-departure warning system. In Cadillac's case, the latter sends a buzzer warning through the driver's seat cushion, rather than the steering wheel--it's no less subtle but we like it better, since it doesn't interfere with the signals coming in from the wheel.

The ELR hasn't been crash-tested, though it shares some structure with the high-scoring Chevy Volt.

Blind-spot monitors are bundled in an option package with adaptive cruise control, which can bring the ELR to a full stop and resume to cruising speeds, based on information it's receiving from the car's forward sensors.

And to better protect pedestrians--and to conform to electric-car norms--the ELR emits a stalk-activated sound so drivers can alert people of its forward progress when it's operating nearly silently in EV mode.

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