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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 rountad on 12/12/2013 1:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
You can't possibly know that.

Maybe the person is a real estate agent for a wealthy area and clients just feel more at home or affinity with the agent who drives a premium car.

You kind of seem to be slipping into a judgmental, I know best, phase lately with some of your tirades :-)

RE: Newsflash
By Motoman on 12/12/2013 2:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe the person is a real estate agent for a wealthy area and clients just feel more at home or affinity with the agent who drives a premium car.

That doesn't magically make the car cost-effective. What you're pointing out is that the Cadillac may appeal more to people who aren't all that concerned with cost-effectiveness. Like the people shopping for real estate in a wealty area.

You're fundamentally not addressing the issue. There's not a judgement call being made here...either something is cost-effective, or it isn't. That fact doesn't change with whether or not a real estate agent thinks she should buy a non-cost-effective car in order to cater to the Stepford Wives types.

RE: Newsflash
By rountad on 12/12/2013 2:37:11 PM , Rating: 2
No, I think that I am.

Good value and cost-effectiveness do not equal cheap. It means that it delivers what you need and want at a good price (and maybe the best price when ALL costs and benefits are considered).

If something costs twice as much, but lasts three times as long and you want to use all of that extra lifespan, then it's a better value and more cost-effective.

In the same way, if the person's business is adversely affected by the wrong choice of car, then the right choice of car might be completely logical and cost-effective.

RE: Newsflash
By rountad on 12/12/2013 2:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
If the agent makes twice as much money based on her clothes and car, then spending that extra money might very well have been cost effective.

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