Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)
Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)
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Cadillac ELR: More than a souped-up Volt? (CNET On Cars, Episode 37)

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That's the sync to the little here it's Cadillac ELR more than just the same people. Apps for driving we rundown of five of the Spanish and protect it works and doesn't for keeping your dogs isn't gone it's kind of check again. Because you have it available on the rodent and under the hood but also checked okay. They are known to ideas ugly is included. Oft. Been good at the bottom line this CNET on call. Them it's. Welcome to CNET car is all about high tech cars otter drive. I'm Brian Cooley that you love the idea that people wanna look more earth orbit at an increased tax day. Cadillac with have you covered with a bit. EL law and it it tuned it of this yet. Let's find out the drive this year model. Yeah. I guess I can't running here that it's. Just dialing technology of a lack. Aren't talking experience they brought this. Like that battery cavity or. What entity outlaw open compact call that class is La Honda Civic group VW golf. And while it is assembly with a Chevy Volt actually eleven inches longer although you wouldn't know it judging by this W knows that aluminum lid. The rest of the cars seems to be actually down sepia. Blue. Overall the presentations a little too much like a little broadly be issues. First off this cabinet at Yale law it is top of the line image very futuristic. They release leaked out the Cadillac look and of course no mechanical gauges anywhere in the car. Also the ultimate thing. Ground for a second. But a knob and the entire vehicle everything insider touch sensitive. Or some kind of a very nicely done button here on the wheel you've got a couple rotator here almost all of this is a varied future interface which can be good or bad. Sometimes you just don't wanna fiddle with the text thing over here to do the volume of talk about haptic feedback and I think carmakers are running that there is the place for mechanical controls. Now here on the head unit you've got kind of everything in the home screen navigation in this car to real map not just the OnStar now audio system you've got every possible source you want in there Foley Bluetooth streaming of course. Pandora sits all by itself over here and not under audio woods then goes under radio and other sources so this still got this a little bit scattered. But things get a little bit tech for tech's sake noted that we're gonna see around the cabin at the radio I just went to it than seeing it would all the people information and evidence that. It. You'd see at winks out to minimize display doesn't come back until I go to Egypt and the proximity sensor brings it up very cool. Still it. What's the point I don't I want this all the time when it strips down collapse it doesn't mean any query suggestions was they could deal. I really want is reeled back button. Not one of these constantly moving variations of Mac and X show in different places on the touch screen. As you may have noticed that you've got pause play radio so you can hold things when you're. Got a lead distract them and get back to your favorite broadcast now tech protects it continues here here's your door over the cup holders which normally would be one of these things kind of boring actually did but here it's like a dvd player trek is actually a loader. But it's not very elegantly and you gotta kind of at the start and it continues the correct. And it certainly may be simply better it just shows that Jules Verne is still work that you have. It over the glove box door I need a button over here to operate assert total in the glove box which also my hand goes to that button. Read proximity sense is the radio Pernod rings and things are a little bit earlier panel over here on the left side you see your battery charge indicator on the right you're gasoline level indicator and you've got four different answer panels you can choose from. You've got classic. Modern classic enhanced and moderate and him. I'm actually bringing forth but they aren't meaningfully different maybe split those two across to you get a lot of good information in there about the vehicle how you're driving it's good coaching I'd special aggregate on the left the UU I you're accelerating but also I you're breaking it the key tool to teach you moment of conservation which is really important to gain the most out your car's energy source whatever it. Now in all this futuristic dance it's kind of surprised to see a very traditional looking PR and BL automatic style drives selector under the border transmission control rearview camera is of course standard it gives you trajectory and ebony multi view's Google campus is built around. And it underneath the load control is your whole driving personality to start often torque which is your basic comfort and sport gonna make the accelerator. Steering and suspension more aggressive and then mountain is gonna make a more aggressive recharge profile because you know you're gonna be going up a grade quite a bit. Finally got paddles on the wheel would these guys do is adaptive on demand regeneration. So when you pull on one of these you go into heavy region it drags the car back kind of like compression braking and combustion engine but in this case it's more aggressively using the region of the motor engine combo. To charge the battery more and allows you to put them on the caught. It's better great if you're going down hill. Or if you wanna do some cornering and use this as kind of your blinking deterrent and they give you different ways I don't think many drivers are now think about that. No one of the the aluminum hood you've got basically a hot load up multiple attack power system here this to the one point four liter lean burn gas engine which is basically they're to drive a generator to juice up the big old battery that Walden drive 55 kilowatt traction motor that really moved caught all wheel drive and all wheel drive option on this guy. Looking at numbers that are a 181 total horsepower and 95 foot pounds of torque rhetoric electric very important thing by its nature is. All I can wait 1050 pounds sixty in seven point nine respectable second. Absent economy numbers and it will odd here. 82 and PG CE when you're running an electric boat and you've got 37 miles of pure electric reasonable target by the way I think it's 31. 35 MPG. When you're running with the gas engine fired generating Jews as it goes. Around the electric motor it has dual mode and situation on the raid. Total range gas and electric combines 345. Miles. And charging money on these cards at port five hours for a full charge from flat on a leveled to 240 volt charger but remember this isn't strictly a battery electric car has all you have gas it'll make electricity and run itself so it doesn't. Have a range anxiety. And so the first thing I noticed that clr. Is the most explosion brake pedal steel I've ever driven it kind of comes on in two stages. They're both kind of it's hard to modulate smoothly the first one is just operating region just feels like and then if you push it further than the service breaks okay against a big kind of geeks and stuff like that big old friends knowledge. I mean really awful but after that you start to get absorbed in the really smooth and quiet ride quality in this statement released smoothed it out and it doesn't hurt that you got 435. Pounds of its key shaped battery underneath me just gonna go this way and spreading across the back does wonders for giving out cards planted. And very ever solids and it's fighting back against road vibration. But then all that beautiful Smart list shattered once the use of the battery like I just have. And the engine. And it acting vibrate the brake pedal AM this steering wheel I'm just kind of shocked by an act a little extra load. Great salute ultra luxury car. With a very good job managing it and you're blind and deer management electric car has been figured out what it was that little generator indicated that the different vehicles that other gripe it's good to be that fast enough paper seconds faster than any Connolly. It doesn't feel like it to me for some reason I run it through two programs or voted. There's never Crist sort of us get a didn't go to the electric power that I've come to that was so that evening. It's definitely. What I say it right. But that might charts. Against I can't sit there I don't know how that impressed by that corner of course it's pretty darn good good she got all this white well overdue times. And it did slow so it will spread across the underside. Of course the backseat of business. It's kind of enough that I mean you'll you'll get it behind me when I'm in this car there is no way it is just you know one a couple of inches of legroom back this is the last. People sister of the simple. Okay let's price our ELR. Like you just it and this part. 76000. Dollars base it problem. Or not done to get it CNET style. And 17100 bucks for the luxury package that you just wanna east intelligent headlights and blind spot cross traffic tech that are adapted cruise control package is nearly 2000 dollars more all it. More right up against 8000 dollars both or federal and state tax credit that could easily be integration was to keep that in mind still we're looking at 70000. Dollar very small Cadillac with the doors. Julie actually it isn't that what it would have performer and Chevy Volt and it will handle it Tesla model test which is how old last. Cadillac doing a lot of memory card it right this this isn't one of them largely based on it. It's. That. Out our full review on this Cadillac CLR cars dot cnet.com. Do you have a dog with. And do it you're dog in the car. Owners buying it from time to time. You're seeing it when it is that the technology and the techniques to make sure our great interest of the martyr in the main driver. The first thing about getting your dog or am radio in the car on them and we did not do it all the button on the day when you go to that mattered to them where. And this whole idea. With. Unions signaling in the car is the agency. First by not going anywhere at all if your head in the car and outs to end short little ride around the neighborhood rewarded with a treat supporters. Blanket they're dead in the car that they are instantly came out of outlook and I now yeah. And later when it really matters. And I've read that member animals get used to think they don't understand like cars are recognizing patterns that don't threaten them over time you've got to give them time to be used this machine. It's. And it. Now what you do get your that you're going around in the car that's why it's important this sort of in there are sixty bounce right here weighs 2700. Pound. When a card comes to a dead stop comes as little as 35 miles per hour. That inertia can be very damaging to him. You and then you gonna bring down animal in the car after an actor who had been blues. Can be directly first responders or running out into traffic getting himself burger quality and a slash. And on and maybe sort of Barrick is that are using wagons and this you'd be buying or. Compartmentalizing. The vehicle. But did not get up to the task of handling 2700. The Y August. And actually safety harnesses come and they got the whole pad it sort of set piece here and it lashes over the back of their neck and underneath that let you gotta go along like this. And the whole thing could to a sliding ever goes onto the shoulder belt portion in the second row away from those front row. Where that site. Doc should only be streamed via both ethernet and just going on a sort of dirty but here's the problem a recent study done by this better prepared basically contemptuous. Subaru good air owners love the underdog but their cars found little lot of these artists that are crap together eleven of them in a recent survey one of them tested really well. Curriculum basically broke on impact didn't worked out well at all for a network so badly in bothered testing them. One with the unlikely name of sleepy pod click get was the only one that held up well in this study. It happens to be among the pricey it does well at 9200. Bucks but seemingly money well. It didn't. When it comes to it yet it's kind of like hairy and conduct and mechanically. It always it scarier on the road. And then what you wanna do use the belt to at least lasted scarier in place against Beckett well wait for road airbags. You might also consider putting it down in the well between two roses they instantly lock him. And some of the illegal areas. And looked at Kerry the guy replaces the belt sort of knowledge it would have been just went off like. Dogs and backed up a use date and as you would give municipalities outlawed again and most do not. The ring meaning that it actually out of port traffic that is if this legislation. Dan matte. There's dangers with jobs out possibly life at a vehicle to get this thing and pop up solar. And the entity that link back in 1980 degree and it eventually couple decades later became a dateline California. Wanna do is common sense it's your dog into the area rigid barrier at the bed and crossed tether that would not sliding around or an app. Left or right in any kind of maneuver or impact. If that's a possibility then investing in an apartment would be another option. And according to go without saying parked the car. Paid the pet like it's incredibly hot car on it and a slightly warm day. If your copy industry Aaron don't keep them in the car without an intensely blue and keep your bed saved in the car that pays humane dividend to double check the done it right. And it's. Coming up parallel parking and easy right technique and technology and I don't cars rolled. Yeah. And. Yet easily zoom in 2011 and anti smalley and good and easy. It's essentially an eight through the control and I'm a bit more threatens. Our guys who did something special about it or anything opened that little doesn't seem simple that it can possibly pull. Yeah. Call eight volt pre yeah these little becoming accustomed pop it really does feel special logos included is going to get you to enjoy it. They're going to be easy for. Find more from the X cart team at CNET UK at cnet.com slash X god it's. It's. Welcome back to CNET on cars coming due for marvel at the grid club house of cards with yet. Just north the Golden Gate Bridge. Well parallel parking or you'll inability to do it permanent source of that decade for a fair number of drivers witness to them apart is that the technologies that are dead in bed as evidence to back. But the daily bring you guys double header how to do. One of the pool protecting your parallel park easily every kind the other is how to pick the right parking technology in case you never. And it. That it's. Can I. Numbers like because got a lot. And command and easy to remember her art books you first of all anger spot the magic number here's why you need out five before display visually you're armed. Compact car like this muggy and about it deeply along with about twenty feet of space. Alongside. It is lined up. Without a doubt to the bottom of you are backseat this only Harriet beyond our because they'll have different wheelbase. Overpaying and being positioned the of the keeping you wanna learn about your car but it about a third overhanging that call. Out go all the way pull longer here we'll gaming into the base and you get 45 degrees in the street brain does. Exist. It's. At this point if you're rolling go all the way to block them locked and the Carson lied ride it it's. Got a back up camera is certainly helped. Him ended Q1 forward and able to bring in the goes. And there are your thing it does exist. It's. Accurate. It's. It's a pretty reliable method without having to do a lot of these are the steps real clear. Now after all this parking is the skill you may soon barely meet. Automatic parking deck has been coming for awhile. Vs demy drove was in the 2007 Lexus LS the car ballpark itself Lexus park assist it to hear the hard part scary what you handled the panel back and it would convert some tentative and you could have made three tips in the time it took to make one didn't. Last. Few years support system we showed you and recent card to 11 could still just handle this daring but now did it pretty quickly and well. What do fifteen or focus also do this trick for perpendicular spaces. And will be able to automatically access the parking lot which I didn't realize is typical. And they have joint although an Audi among the companies are moving soon to be ultimate cars that park without you even being in little. And perhaps even able to drop you off and then go park on their old one day soon even in response to narrow reviewed open the doors want the car is there. All these technologies however must be built into a new car so until you're in the market and use the steps we talked news. Oh. In a moment they hidden code reader and driving apps you need on your phone when you head on cars can get it. It's. Because he really doesn't have an opinion polls have it doesn't have a look build and if we head on the high speed that it didn't. That it. It's. It's. And this and giggles I do for you. Via it's. So clean and it's. Signaling types that you don't plug. I'm more from the X cart team of CNET UK at cnet.com. Slash X tonight. Welcome back on cars I'm Brian Cooley. Here email that comes from the NG this time who was watching your top five I did recently of really. Simple technology I think every cart should have built in one of the wasn't OBV two code reader. And he says they have it in mind that united Cadillac Seville there is one built it I didn't know that. Look at that it is absolutely right you push certain buttons on the dash and it'll pull up the code also explains very simply what that code means. They need to go by a reader plugin it. And it can do vanished after the 2003 model year as far as I can help. It wasn't a huge hit with the dealers because they make a ton of money I you know all their service bay. And being able to have the cart tell you that code would be owed them is one less reason to drop by the dealer for a little service consultation may be that way it ought to them. You know not many technologies have been towed disruptive as they say in the car at Smartphone apps. Apps replied to bring up information service that you literally could not have imagined behind the wheel it's definitely here to here's my top slot. You've been lately did. It. I'm covering news again because I bet he got. Now when they out alright also are covering automatic apps like OnStar that sort of thing because they're so sit back to the particular argument let's go. About five performance that I put these survive because let's face it most well don't give a rat's ass having seen it all what did you do. That sort cool. You typically pair one wouldn't OPE two dongle that plugs into your car's data ports. And merges the vehicle data with time it GPS location and unlock some unseen world of motoring. We use one of these Pristina on cars used to merge the cards telemetry. With the video out the windshield. Even using one that outer OBD two dongle your phone's built in excel parameter can do a lot to coaching to drive more efficiently or more precisely. Others function it GPS speedometer odometer combos. And some even have a mode to become a sort of Portland head up display that is truly great category for the card. And reform act apps. I write these low fares begin reading ultimate I gas when it handy light comes when you're in the Ben Franklin night. These are great for mining machine you'll. And wrecking the real fuel economy at your car. Launching meat surprise when it different that was the cars computers that. These are also great for quickly finding the nearest gas station when your card doesn't have built in navigation. Number three your parking. One of the great driving. Ration to 2014 remains what to do when your car when you get there. Here we are still driving around and around the blocked in a combination of childlike excitement patent reachable hoping to find the spot. Parking apps can reveal municipal data on where sponsor located in rod. As well as the costs to use them. Crowd sourced apps. It lets people share information about but they are leaving so someone else could come at it. And don't forget the other app that lets you actually pay for your parking and do it without having to run back to the meter all the time the hole in her car. Use one of these you know we discover your childhood trauma. Navigation and mapping end up being able to live search for what you mean. Tell that app to navigate you to the result. Or take into the address of what's coming up in your calendar. And all the it live traffic conditions. And best out information can include crowd sourcing or even use one of these by the great scenic drive your on her. And run all of this would be great voice command. All better on your dollar all of that on your part thousand dollars upgrade. But not or save late which will tackle with a number one moment. The brightness and number one I'll tell you what it won't be used some of your how old objection and that is me that. I don't is that popular calling a speed traps and he alcohol checkpoint. But this thing unseemly about apps that are meant to circumvent the enforcement of laws that work best when you don't know where smoky eyes. I'm currently in the one kind of map really ignorant driver I think harm mode app. This function or what ever you're using your own port and turns your audience less of a disaster waiting to happen behind the wheel. The idea is what are relevant up on the screen behind big buttons. And did Mary that 99% of that shouldn't be all right. While rolling easy access to voice command and bonus points utility that combines a slick head up display mode to keep your eyes out which. Customizable buttons help you make yours combine it with a good windshield mount those crappy ones yet for seven bucks a car wash. And you got a great infotainment. In the home. I. They basically want to go into this episode. Send me your thoughts what you want us to cover the big portal we do around here on the cars at cnet.com. Don't go behind the scenes need leaders see the cars receiving. Follow me on Twitter Brian Cooley. FaceBook dot com slash CNET or catching me or on cars on. The next time we checked the it's. It's. Okay. Primarily want to say.

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