Pros: Technologically advanced powertrain is essentially unmatched among competitors; impressive materials and build quality
Cons: Steep pricing; finicky CUE touchscreen system; tight back-seat area with difficult entry and exit, not more technologically advanced that the much-more affordable Chevrolet Volt with which it shares basic architecture and drivetrain elements
CG Says: Cadillac joins the electric-car fray with an all-new extended-range electric vehicle that is based on the Chevrolet Volt. The 2014 ELR is a compact 2-door hatchback propelled by both electric and gas power. It shares its basic powertrain with the Volt, but wears a unique 2-door body and a much more luxurious interior with additional upscale features. The ELR’s more glamorous design and posh trimmings come at a cost more than double the suggested price of a Volt: $75,000, versus a bit more than $34,000. Like the Volt, the ELR has a roughly 35-mile range on electricity, another 300+ on gas. The ELR is due to go on sale in early 2014.