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Consumer Reports finds little justification for the Cadillac ELR's high price

Consumer Reports has laid its hands on the 2015 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid and spent ten days testing out the high-end hybrid vehicle. The publication says that after ten days of driving the car, it's hard to categorize.
While the Chevrolet Volt costs around $34,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit, the Cadillac ELR with the same drivetrain starts at $75,000. Consumer Reports says that the massive sticker price for the ELR doesn’t add up.
The publication says that the rear seats in the ELR are much tighter than the rear seats in the Volt, which were already nearly too small for adults. Consumer Reports does say that the ELR is much nicer to drive than the Volt, and that you can barely hear the gas engine when it turns on.

The interior is also "sumptuous" and beautifully finished according to the publication. In the end, Consumer Reports felt that the car was "rather ordinary" and lacks the "zip" you expect in a high-end coupe. The publication says they would rather be rolling around in the roomier and better performing Tesla Model S, granted the Model S can be much more expensive than the ELR and is hindered by the range of its battery pack and reliance on recharging.
The ELR can go for 35 miles thanks to its 16.5 kWh battery and has an 84hp gas engine to assist on longer trips.
GM wants people to compare the Cadillac ELR to the BMW 6-Series Grand Coupe that carries a price of $88,000.

Source: Consumer Reports

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RE: Newsflash
By Motoman on 12/11/2013 2:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
I think we're in agreement. But I'm not sure.

I would assert that even if you were a zillionaire, you couldn't possibly buy a $75k car and say that you made a cost-effective purchase. Cost-effectiveness is getting the most bang for your buck, to paraphrase a bit.

The $34k Volt (before tax subsidy) could fairly easily be described as cost-effective - at least if you presume the market requirement is a hybrid passenger vehicle. The "bang for your buck" is just about 100% more on the Volt than on the Cadillac.

The same could be said about the Cavalier vs. the Cimmaron - although it needn't necessarily be the same base model. A Hyndai Elantra is vastly more cost-effective than a Corvette too.

At the end of the day, cost-effectiveness disappears once you get past the first few models in any given manufacturer's lineup. After that, you're no longer concerned with cost-effectiveness - regardless of how much disposable money you have.

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