Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Cadillac ELR Owner Gives 5 Month Update On His Experience

June 23rd, 2014 by  


At the end of 2014, the Cadillac ELR went on sale to cheers and jeers. Many were concerned that the $76,000 MSRP was just too much money for a Volt-based luxury plug-in hybrid, and so far low sales seem to justify those concerns. There are already deals offering $20,000 or more in incentives to move the ELR off of lots, leading some to wonder what else is wrong with this ride.

After 5 months behind the wheel, one ELR owner has spoken up about what he likes, and what he doesn’t like about his plug-in Cadillac.

As it turns out, forum goer Blastphemy takes issue not with the car itself, but mostly the infotainment system. His long list of grievances is tied almost entirely to the Cadillac CUE infotainment system, which seems buggy and unfinished due to issues like never forgetting deleted songs. And the backup camera isn’t always bright enough to be of any use. As Blastphemy notes though, these issues are all easily correctable by a software update, and Cadillac has already updated the ELR several times to improve the driving experience.

Speaking of which, how well does it drive compared to the Volt, which Blastphemy also drove? Quite favorably, as it turns out, despite having the same acceleration and less electric range than its Chevy cousin. The ELR is quieter, has adaptive cruise control, and a much better sound system than the Volt in Blastphemy’s garage, to the point where the Volt has been “spoiled” for him.

He even goes as far as to say that the ELR was worth the “deal” he landed at the end of February, though recent rumors of up to $20,000 off the MSRP have him reconsidering the “value” of his purchase. Yet in his opinion, the Cadillac ELR is absolutely twice as good as the Volt, and hence worth what he paid.

Five months in, and Blastphemy still seems pretty satisfied with his purchase of the Cadillac ELR. As one of the few people in the country to actually own one, his words carry a certain weight.


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  • Doug

    I drive both a Tesla and a Volt. I like the Volt, but my top three dislikes are the limited battery range, the modest acceleration and the poor infotainment system. If the ELR doesn’t improve on any of these three, why would I buy it? I’d sob like a baby if I had to trade my Tesla for an ELR.

  • Wayne Williamson

    I think that the article was supposed to say at the end of 2013 the ELR went on sale…not 14.

  • Twice the price for cruise control and a decent sound system? I forget the name of it, but there’s a psychological effect where a consumer will think their purchase was the better choice. Even if the purchase was up to a coin flip or totally out of their control. This guy has it REAL bad.

  • Jim Smith

    great for him. I still say the ELR is way overpriced and i would take a Tesla over it anyday of the week.

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