2016 Cadillac ELR

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

CG Says: The Cadillac ELR skipped a model year and returns for 2016. The ELR gets a redesigned electric drive system and horsepower jumps from 157 to 233. Brakes, suspension, and steering have been retuned. Styling has also been tweaked with a revised grille. A new Performance Package includes sport suspension and summer performance tires. Cadillac’s CUE operating system now has a 4G hotspot and is Apple CarPlay compatible. Cadillac joined the electric-car fray with an extended-range electric vehicle that was based on the Chevrolet Volt. The ELR is a compact 2-door coupe with both electric and gas power. It shares its basic powertrain with the previous-generation Volt, but wears a unique 2-door body and a much more luxurious interior with additional upscale features. Even though Cadillac has lowered the price, ELR’s more glamorous design and posh trimmings come at a cost almost double the suggested price of a Volt: $65,000, versus a bit more than $33,000. The ELR has a roughly 39-mile range on electricity, another 300 on gas.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Cadillac
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Base: $65,000

Base Engine
1.4-liter 4-cylinder/electric
233 (total system power)
Std. Transmission
Avail. Transmission
EPA Combined Range (mpg)
80-85 MPGe; 30-32 (gas only)

2016 Cadillac ELR
2016 Cadillac ELR