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2016 Cadillac ELR

$31,235 — $45,127 USED
Coupe
4 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 4 reviews

The Good

  • Styling, inside and out
  • Top-notch interior materials
  • High-torque electric powertrain
  • 20-inch wheels standard

The Bad

  • Imperfect CUE multimedia system
  • Touch-sensitive control panels
  • Outward visibility
  • Limited trunk space
2016 Cadillac ELR exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Cadillac ELR
  • $10,000 price cut for 2016
  • More power, revised steering and suspension for 2016
  • Two-door luxury coupe
  • Range-extended electric drivetrain
  • 39-mile EV range, 330-mile total range
  • 5-hour recharge time on 240-volt service

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Cadillac ELR is a range-extended luxury coupe that debuted as a 2014 model. It had the same plug-in battery-electric system as the 2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt.  Sales were so slow, however, that Cadillac did not produce a 2015 version. In response, Cadillac cut the base price for 2016 by $10,000 and has made improvements to the car.
New for 2016
Software changes boost combined horsepower from the engine and motor to 233 horsepower, and the ELR's electric-only range is an estimated 39 miles. A new grille shows the new Cadillac crest, and the suspension, steering and brakes have been recalibrated for better performance, according to Cadillac. The standard OnStar emergency communication system includes 4G LTE internet connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot capability.
Significant Standard Features

  • Plug-in range-extended battery-electric drivetrain
  • 39-mile electric-only range
  • Range-extending 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Lithium-ion battery pack recharge in about five hours on 240-volt service and 13 to 18 hours on 120-volt service
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Cadillac User Experience infotainment system
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Performance Package with sport suspension, summer tires and performance brakes
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Premium full-leather seats
Vehicle Overview

The Cadillac ELR is a range-extended luxury coupe that debuted as a 2014 model. It had the same plug-in battery-electric system as the 2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt.  Sales were so slow, however, that Cadillac did not produce a 2015 version. In response, Cadillac cut the base price for 2016 by $10,000 and has made improvements to the car.
New for 2016
Software changes boost combined horsepower from the engine and motor to 233 horsepower, and the ELR's electric-only range is an estimated 39 miles. A new grille shows the new Cadillac crest, and the suspension, steering and brakes have been recalibrated for better performance, according to Cadillac. The standard OnStar emergency communication system includes 4G LTE internet connectivity and Wi-Fi hot spot capability.
Significant Standard Features

  • Plug-in range-extended battery-electric drivetrain
  • 39-mile electric-only range
  • Range-extending 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Lithium-ion battery pack recharge in about five hours on 240-volt service and 13 to 18 hours on 120-volt service
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Cadillac User Experience infotainment system
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Performance Package with sport suspension, summer tires and performance brakes
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Premium full-leather seats

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

Love! SMOKING HOT!

by Rphmom13 from King Park, NY on July 5, 2017

The ride is fabulous! Comfortable, smooth, classy. Best car I've ever owned. Love that it's electric. Does have a 9 gal gas tank. Gas is so efficient. I love the pick up on it too! Read full review

(5.0)

In love with my 2016 ELR.

by House18 from MD/DC area. on May 22, 2017

Miles: 5,100 after one year of driving. I am 6'3" tall. I could not be happier with this car. My dad owned a 1968 Coup de Ville with everything. Oh, to see the look on his face if he could see me ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Cadillac ELR currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Cadillac ELR has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Cadillac

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper (2012-2017 models)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles (2012-2017 models)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The ELR received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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