Studs and Duds: 2013 North American International Auto Show
Stud: 2014 Cadillac ELR
The 2014 Cadillac ELR was supposed to have come out earlier, about a year after the Chevy Volt debuted. But the delay may have worked in Caddy’s favor. The resulting ELR is longer, wider, and lower than the Volt, and it’s more powerful, too. The electric-only range in the Volt is a bit shorter–35 miles instead of 38–but it’s a miniscule difference most won’t notice, and it’s still efficient enough to get a high-occupancy-vehicle lane sticker for solo carpool driving. Inside, the ELR is pure Cadillac: soft leather, an advanced touch-screen display, and real wood and carbon fiber trim. The ELR also boasts technology such as lane-keep assist, blind spot warnings, and collision avoidance. However, it’s the active cruise control that works double duty. Not only does it make life easier in traffic, it also will enhance your EV range. Of course, expect an appropriately luxurious price for the ELR; nothing’s announced, but it’ll certainly be well in excess of the Volt’s $40,000 asking price.