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2014 Cadillac ELR Review

The 2014 Cadillac ELR is a plug-in hybrid that ranks near the bottom of the luxury midsize car class because of its noisy gas engine and minimal trunk and rear-seat space.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent power delivery in EV mode
  • Handsome interior with top-notch materials
  • Good fuel economy for the class



  • Loud gas engine
  • CUE infotainment system is hard to use
  • Small trunk





Critics' Rating: 4.5
Performance: 5.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Cadillac ELR Overview

Is the 2014 Cadillac ELR a Good Used Car?

The ELR is a decent vehicle that offers impressive fuel economy numbers, a luxurious interior, speedy acceleration, and a good reliability rating. Still, its loud gas engine, limited rear-seat passenger space, and rough ride are significant issues. If you don’t require a plug-in hybrid powertrain, there are better options.

Used 2014 Cadillac ELR Performance and Interior

The front-wheel-drive 2014 Cadillac ELR’s powertrain is composed of a four-cylinder engine, two electric motors, and a lithium-ion battery, which together generate 217 horsepower. Power delivery is plentiful when driving the ELR in all-electric mode, but things gets noisy when the gas engine engages. The ELR allows you to choose from four driving modes: Tour, Sport, Mountain, and Hold, so you can pick your ideal throttle and suspension settings. 

As a hybrid vehicle, the ELR gets some of the best fuel economy estimates in the class: 82 mpg-equivalent combined city/highway when using only electric power and 33 mpg combined city/highway on gas power. The ELR handles decently for a luxury midsize car, offering precise, well-weighted steering and good brake pedal feedback, but its ride is harsh over rough roads, and many competing cars provide nimbler handling. 

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The 2014 Cadillac ELR has a handsome cabin with rich materials, including top-notch wood and metal accents and available leather upholstery. It’s a four-seat coupe with standard power-adjustable and heated front seats. The front seats are comfortable and roomy, and they provide good side bolstering. As with most coupes, however, the ELR’s back seats have little head-and legroom, and its large rear roof pillars make it difficult to see out the back windows. The ELR’s trunk measures just 10.5 cubic feet, which is significantly smaller than what most rivals offer.

The Cadillac ELR comes loaded with technology, including a standard OnStar telematics system, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system, navigation, satellite radio, three USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a heated steering wheel. Some used models may come with automatic high beams and leather upholstery. While you may appreciate the number of tech features inside the ELR, its infotainment system’s slow-to-respond touch screen and hard-to-use virtual buttons can be frustrating to operate.

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Used 2014 Cadillac ELR Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Cadillac ELR is about $32,600. Prices vary based on the car’s location, equipment, condition, and mileage.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched six Cadillac ELR reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Cadillac ELR?

The 2014 Cadillac ELR has an above-average reliability score of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the ELR?

The Cadillac ELR did not undergo crash test evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 

The ELR comes standard with plenty of advanced safety features, including forward collision alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and Cadillac’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates when the system senses a potential crash. The ELR is available with adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. 

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Should I Consider Another Used ELR?

The ELR debuted for the 2014 model year. There was no 2015 model. Cadillac refreshed the ELR for 2016, but that model year was the car’s last. The 2016 ELR included several upgrades, like a new powertrain with a 29 percent boost in horsepower, other performance enhancements, Apple CarPlay, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot, and standard blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. However, most shoppers will be pleased with the well-equipped 2014 model, which has a lower average price than the 2016 model. 

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Which Used Cadillac ELR Is Right for Me?

The Cadillac ELR is only available in one trim. Standard features include Cadillac’s OnStar telematics system, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth, a 10-speaker Bose stereo, a CUE infotainment system, navigation, satellite radio, three USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Available features include leather seats, automatic high beams, pre-collision braking, and blind zone monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.

Despite the ELR’s strong reliability rating, a certified pre-owned car is still worth considering. Cadillac CPO vehicles see the original new-car limited warranty extended to six years or 100,000 miles. Cadillac CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Cadillac’s warranty page carefully. 

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2014 Cadillac ELR and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac ELR or 2014 Tesla Model S?

The Tesla Model S is an all-electric, luxury large car. It has a bit more space than the ELR, as well as double the trunk space. The Model S also earns better fuel economy estimates: a 208-mile base electric range and an EPA-estimated 95 mpg-e combined. It also has more horsepower and an easier-to-use infotainment system than the ELR. However, the Model S will cost you significantly more than the ELR. 

Which Is Better: 2014 Cadillac ELR or 2014 Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR are both plug-in hybrid midsize cars made by General Motors, so they have some things in common, including zippy four-cylinder gas engines and nearly identical all-electric ranges. However, the ELR gets 32 more mpg-e combined than the Volt. Both cars also have the same space issues, with limited back-seat room and about the same amount of trunk space. While the ELR is more upscale and powerful than the Volt, it also costs more than twice as much.

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