Compare 2014 BMW i3 vs 2014 Cadillac ELR vs 2014 Chevrolet Volt

2014 BMW i3
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2014 Cadillac ELR
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2014 Chevrolet Volt
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i3 4-Door HB N/A N/A $38,040 $41,350
i3 4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $41,585 $45,200
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ELR 2-Door Coupe 31 35 $71,625 $75,000
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5-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB 35 40 $32,817 $34,185
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,040
$71,625
$32,817
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,350
$75,000
$34,185
Monthly Payment Estimate
$689 / month
$1250 / month
$570 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2014 BMW i3 is a truly radical attempt to reinvent the car--and the BMW--for the crowded cities of a new century. The 2014 ELR brings extended-range electric-car virtues to the Cadillac lineup, but its Volt-like appeal diminishes as the price balloons. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt is one of the best plug-in vehicles on the market, and it costs $5,000 less than it did last year.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 31 mpg 35 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 35 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 2 4
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 55.20 56.52
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 33.60 34.10
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.20 42.05
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 34.70 36.02
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 49.90 53.90
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 36.90 37.80
Passenger Capacity
4 4 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- 52.90 53.73
Second Hip Room (in)
- 48.60 51.21
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - TBD - 90.0
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
157 186.00 177.10
Height, Overall (in)
62 55.90 56.64
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 62.40 62.10
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.10 105.70
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 72.70 70.40
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 62.10 61.20
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
15.1 - -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
36.9 - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 10.5 10.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 16 x - TBD - 11.50 x - TBD -
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Regenerative Regenerative
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 17 x - TBD - 11.80 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
32.3 38.4 36.00
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.5 2.80
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.36 15.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/40R20 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RBO 5GN
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/40R20 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RBO 5GN
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 4050 3786
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 20 x 8.5 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 5 20 x 8.5 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Forged Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Engine Order Code
NA LUU LUU
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 84 @ 4800 149
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric Gas/Electric I4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 295 273
Fuel System
- - TBD - Electronic Fuel Injection
Displacement
- 1.4L/85.3 1.4L/85
Mileage
Battery Range (mi)
81 37 38
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 - TBD - 101 (2013)
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 82 98
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 - TBD - 93 (2013)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 33 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 35 40
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 31 35
Transmission
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKA MKA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive Front wheel drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 NA NA
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Hatchback Coupe Hatchback
Vehicle Name
BMW i3 Cadillac ELR Chevrolet Volt
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Watts Link Compound Crank
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut HiPer Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- - TBD - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- 9.3 9.3
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- 1.5 - TBD -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- - 10
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
- -
Side Barrier Rating
- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
- -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
- -
Rollover Rating
- -

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