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Review: Cadillac ELR Luxury Electric Hybrid

Detroit Free Press' Mark Phelan reviews Cadillac's high-end luxury electric hybrid sports coupe.

Published: 30-Jan-2014

Most of what you’ve probably heard about the three-star 2014 Cadillac ELR extended-range electric car is wrong. First and foremost, it’s not a Cadillac version of the four-door Chevrolet Volt. It’s a legitimate luxury coupe with unique styling, a lush interior, a new wheelbase and suspension and much more.

The ELR I tested also consistently outperformed EPA projections for how far it could go on battery power alone despite sub-zero temperatures. Its lithium-ion battery proved more than a match for the polar vortex, keeping the car moving and its occupants toasty.

The ELR uses a version of the Volt’s drivetrain, but the two cars are otherwise very different.

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