Compare 2015 BMW i3 vs 2016 Cadillac ELR vs 2016 Chevrolet Volt

2015 BMW i3
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2016 Cadillac ELR
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2016 Chevrolet Volt
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
i3 4-Door HB N/A N/A $39,510 $42,400
i3 4-Door HB w/Range Extender N/A N/A $43,050 $46,250
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
ELR 2-Door Coupe 31 35 $62,075 $65,000
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5-Door HB LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Volt 5-Door HB LT 43 42 $31,843 $33,170
Volt 5-Door HB Premier 43 42 $36,019 $37,520
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,510
$62,075
$31,843
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,400
$65,000
$33,170
Monthly Payment Estimate
$707 / month
$1083 / month
$553 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 BMW i3 is not just a new kind of BMW, but a different sort of car, one that aims to reimagine the way people get around in crowded cities. The 2016 Cadillac ELR is back with a somewhat sportier attitude and a lower sticker price. Is that enough? The new 2016 Chevy Volt improves on its predecessor in every way that counts, and its 53-mile range is unsurpassed among plug-in hybrids—meaning its biggest weak spot is GM’s ability to explain and market it.
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Fuel Economy
City
0 mpg 31 mpg 43 mpg
Highway
0 mpg 35 mpg 42 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 56.50
Second Leg Room (in)
31.9 33.60 34.70
Front Leg Room (in)
40.5 42.20 42.10
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 34.70 35.80
Second Shoulder Room (in)
49.2 49.90 53.20
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 36.90 37.80
Passenger Capacity
4 4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- 52.90 53.70
Second Hip Room (in)
- 48.60 51.30
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - TBD - 90.0
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
157 186.00 180.40
Height, Overall (in)
62 55.90 56.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
62 62.40 61.80
Wheelbase (in)
101 106.10 106.10
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70 72.70 71.20
Track Width, Front (in)
61.9 62.10 60.60
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 11.5 x - TBD - 10.00 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 12.6 x - TBD - 10.87 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 36.40
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Electric Pwr Electric Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 2.5 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 15.36 15.7
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/40R20 P215/50R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA RBO 5GP
Front Tire Size
P155/70R19 P245/40R20 P215/50R17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA RBO 5GP
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2799 4065 3543
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 L3A
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 233 149
Engine Type
Electric Gas/Electric Gas/Electric I4
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 373 294
Fuel System
- Direct Injection Direct Injection
Displacement
- 1.4L/85.3 1.5L/91
Mileage
Battery Range (mi)
81 37 (2015) 53
EPA MPG Equivalent - City
137 - TBD - -
EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined
124 85 106
EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy
111 - TBD - -
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 32 42
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
- 35 (2015) 42
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
- 31 (2015) 43
Transmission
Trans Type
1 1 1
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Trans Order Code
NA MKD MKV
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front wheel drive Front wheel drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
9.70 NA 2.64
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 w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front
Strut HiPer Strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut NA w/Coil Springs
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 8.9
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 - 7.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
- - TBD - 1.3

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