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  • 2015
  • 2014 Cadillac ELR

#12

in Super Luxury Cars

MSRP: $75,000 - $75,000
Invoice: $71,625 - $71,625
MPG: 31 City / 35 Hwy
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Cadillac ELR Interior

Reviewers think the 2014 Cadillac ELR has a stunning cabin filled with first-rate leather, wood and metal trim. Not surprising for a coupe, critics say the ELR has a small back seat and trunk, though they agree the front seats are very comfortable and that there is a great deal of leg- and headroom. Test drivers dislike the large blind spots created by the rear pillars and they report that the CUE system is aggravating to use.

  • “The interior is an inviting mix of beautiful high-quality leather and sueded microfiber, with bright chrome, genuine wood and carbon-fiber accents offered in a variety of packages - I would argue that the ELR's cockpit is Cadillac's most luxurious to date." -- Autoblog
  • "The handsomely sculpted dash and doors are draped with a sumptuous multilayered ‘cut-and-sew’ amalgamation of leather, suede and an Alcantara-esque material. There are oodles of visual appeal here." -- Edmunds
  • "The ELR's interior is a huge step up for Cadillac. The dash and door panels are covered in cut-and-sew leather for a more handcrafted look. The pillars and headliner are suede and the wood, and the carbon fiber and piano black are the equal of anything found in a German competitor." -- Motor Trend
  • "Cadillac has fitted superlative materials throughout the cockpit, including a rich-looking micro-fiber headliner, hand-stitched leather elements, real matte-finished wood, brushed metal, and high-quality ‘piano black’ plastics. But some of us feel that the interior design-as in other recent Cadillacs like the CTS and XTS-could benefit from some simpler shapes and fewer differing materials along the dash and door panels." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

The four-seat 2014 ELR has standard power-adjustable, heated front seats. Partial leather seats and full leather seats are available. Critics agree the ELR’s back seat is predictably tiny and has modest headroom. However, they say the front seats are very comfortable and spacious, with an abundance of leg- and headroom and firm bolstering. Some reviewers point out that the ELR has big blind spots due to thick rear pillars.

  • "The seats are comfortable and supportive with enough bolstering to hold you in place, but not so much that it makes entry or exit difficult. Headroom was decent for my 6-foot, 2-inch frame, but somehow I couldn't find the perfect position. The rear seats are about as useful as those in a 911, but if you have a short driver and even shorter passengers they might be able to handle a quick trip." -- Motor Trend
  • "While Cadillac has thoughtfully put four seats inside the ELR, only the front are fit to be occupied by an adult (the automaker acknowledges its 2+2 configuration). I found both the driver and front passenger seating position exceptionally comfortable, with plenty of leg, shoulder and head room for my six-foot two-inch frame. I climbed into the rear seats, which are comfortable buckets for the lower half of the torso, but I was unable to sit upright without my head pressing awkwardly, and uncomfortably, against the roof. " -- Autoblog
  • "Settling into the ELR coupe, it's easy to be comfortable. The spacial stuff takes some getting used to, however, as the base of the windshield seems to be about a block and a half away, and there's a thick blind spot looking back at the five and seven o'clock positions." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 2014 Cadillac ELR coupe has plenty of front legroom and a decent amount of front headroom, and the individually folding rear seats are reasonably wide, even if they don't provide much headroom." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The Cadillac ELR comes standard with features like forward collision alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a safety alert seat (which vibrates when it senses the car might hit something), Cadillac’s OnStar telematics system, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, navigation, satellite radio, three USB ports, an auxiliary audio jack, dual-zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel. Optional features include automatic high beams, automatic collision preparation (which can apply the brakes if the system senses the car might hit the car in front of it), rear cross traffic alert and blind zone alert.

Most reviewers think the CUE system is annoying because the system is slow to respond to touch inputs, the virtual buttons are hard to push and the screen doesn’t hide fingerprints well. However, some love the navigation system and the amount of high-tech driver assistance features the ELR offers.

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  • "Cadillac's much-maligned CUE infotainment system is standard, and after spending a couple of days driving around L.A. in various Cadillacs, we have to say that the navigation function is superb, even if the haptic touch-screen interface can make you want to tear your hair out." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The center stack houses Caddy's love-it-or-hate-it CUE system and haptic control panel. I am in the latter category, so I will leave it at that. The cluster is a configurable LED panel with a plastic overlay outlining the single main gauge. I'm not a fan of all-digital displays, but this is my favorite yet." -- Motor Trend
  • "I have experienced CUE in the ATS, CTS and XTS - the identical system in the ELR is equally as frustrating to use as the buttons are difficult to actuate and slow to respond, while the gloss black surface quickly becomes covered in fingerprints." -- Autoblog
  • "Like just about every luxury car these days, the ELR is overstuffed with radar-based safety and convenience technology including lane-departure warning that alerts the driver via a haptic butt buzz and a forward-collision alert system." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The ELR has 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is small for the class. For example, the Tesla Model S has 26.3 cubic feet of cargo room and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has 15.3 cubic feet of space. The four-seat ELR has 40/40 split-folding rear seats (the center section is stationary) to increase trunk space. Critics say that the ELR’s trunk opening is small and oddly shaped, making it hard to load bigger items.

  • "… the trunk opening doesn't have much of a horizontal dimension. Loading luggage is much like stuffing videotapes into a VCR." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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