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A Review of the 2015 Cadillac ELR

For an eco-friendly driver who doesn’t want to give up luxury, the 2015 Cadillac ELR may be the perfect ride. First introduced last model year, this four-seater coupe shares many mechanical components with the Chevy Volt. The ELR offers the efficiency of a plug-in hybrid, combined with the level of style and luxury we’ve come to expect from Cadillac.

Minor Changes for 2015

This year, the ELR will only undergo minor changes; however, a more powerful drivetrain is expected to be added next model year. Those who like the ELR and its sibling the Volt can expect a battery boost of up to .6kWH, which will give the inline four-cylinder gas engine and the generator a little more kick. These slightly more powerful versions may be available as early as the middle of 2015.

The ELR coupe is only available in one trim level, and it’s only sold with front-wheel drive. It has a 157hp, 1.4L engine, managed by a single speed direct drive gearbox. Power mainly comes from the generator, with the gas engine feeding the battery pack.

Power Stats

The gas engine and the generator combine to put out 241hp and 295 lb. ft. of torque, offering surprisingly quick acceleration. The vehicle’s all-electric range is about 37 miles, but the gas engine and regenerative braking can keep it going a while longer. When you get home, just plug it into a standard receptacle for a full chage in about 18 hours, or upgrade to a 240-volt system for a recharge time of five hours.

Fuel Efficiency

The engineers at Cadillac made the hybrid fuel efficiency math as simple as possible, offering figures of 31mpg city/35 hwy – surprisingly low for a hybrid model. However, the ELR offers four drive modes: Mountain, Sport, Hold and Tour, which allow you to configure fuel and power usage to your driving habits and road conditions. By driving conservatively, you can increase the vehicle’s range to up to 340 miles.

Luxury Options

The ELR may share a platform with the Volt, but it offers luxury options you won’t find on that model. 20″ alloys come standard, as do heated, adjustable mirrors and a rear spoiler. Open the door and you will find leather seating, wood and alloy accents and heated, adjustable seats. Cargo space is slightly low at 10.5 cu. ft., but the tilt steering, cruise control, parking sensors, rear camera and garage door opener make up for that minor shortcoming.

Tech goodies abound in the 2015 ELR; a hard drive-based nav system, OnStar with Bluetooth, and ten-speaker audio comes standard. Other standard additions are USB ports, an SD card slot and satellite radio. All of these are controlled by a ten-inch touchscreen display. Upgrades include better 20″ wheels, blind spot montoring, and a glove box-mounted CD player.

With all of the ELR’s eco-friendliness and luxury, the folks at Cadillac didn’t forget about safety. Standard features include ABS, side-mounted, front and rear airbags, fog lights, daytime running headlights and side mirrors with turn signals. OnStar comes standard, as does a remote alarm system and a post-crash safety system. With an MSRP of $76,295, it’s an investment – but a worthwhile one, in our opinion.

Choosing the Best Custom Wheels

Changing your vehicle’s wheels and tyres comes with multiple benefits, but the selection process can be overwhelming for some. Along with determining your needs, there are many factors to consider to make sure your wheel upgrade is the right choice for your car and your budget. To begin, it’s important to know which information is needed to buy new wheels.


Custom Wheel Buying Considerations

When contemplating an upgrade to a set of custom wheels, the first thing to think about is why you’re making the change. Do you want to change your car or 4WD’s appearance, or are you pursuing increased performance? The reason behind your decision to buy new wheels will help you narrow your selection and make the right choice for your needs. Fitment is a critical consideration, and you’ll need to think of backspacing, bolt pattern and offset, as well as pricing.


  • Bolt pattern: Each vehicle has a different bolt pattern, which is the number and position of the studs that attach the wheels. The vehicle owner’s manual provides this info, but wheel and tyre sellers can provide it as well. Before buying your new wheels and tyres, it’s important to ensure that the bolt pattern is compatible with your vehicle.
  • Width and diameter: the vehicle’s factory width can also be found in the manual, but it depends on the suspension design. If you are buying new wheels but you’re retaining your factory tyres, simply choose wheels the same width as the factory set. Diameter is also an important measurement, as it tells you the maximum size of the wheel and tyre combo you can use.
  • Backspacing is the distance between the wheel hub and its inner edge. Most cars and 4x4s have extra backspacing, which allows the fitment of larger wheel and tyre combos. The backspacing on the vehicle should be large enough for the upgrade.
  • Offset measurement is one of the most difficult parts of buying a new set of wheels. It’s the distance between the wheel centre and the mounting surface.


Pricing is a primary consideration when buying custom lightweight wheels and tyres. As with other major automotive purchases, you often get what you pay for. There are luxury wheels for tight budgets, but there are also pricey options. It may help to have a budget set before shopping begins, and it may also help to regard a new set of wheels as an investment.


Benefits of New Tyres and Wheels

A new set of Fuel rims and tyres can make your vehicle look, feel and handle much differently, and you can match your selections to your tastes and your driving habits. Aftermarket wheels are usually lighter than those from the factory, which can improve ride quality, fuel economy and a variety of other factors.

Finding the Right Wheels for Your Automobile

When you buy a new vehicle—or you want to customise one you currently own, you might not know what kind of wheel is best suited to your driving habits. If you don’t know where to start, or you’re simply wondering about the differences between alloys and steel wheels, this article can help you set things straight.


Alloy Wheels: The Pros and Cons

Aluminium/nickel alloy is much lighter than steel. Alloy rims give you improved acceleration, increased performance and heightened ride quality. Because aluminium alloy wheels are lighter in weight, they are better at handling road imperfections. You’ll have better cornering, and you won’t feel as many bumps. In the city, you’ll have better fuel economy simply because it won’t be as hard to get your car up to speed. If you’re looking to change the looks of your car, you can get TSW wheels in almost any design.


Despite the benefits of alloy wheels, there are some drawbacks to consider. Simmons wheels are often more pliable than steelies, and they are more likely to bend or crack with a road impact. Because of this, there’s a greater chance of cosmetic damage from salt, collision, corrosive cleaners and scrapes. Alloys come with a higher price tag, but their increased aesthetic appeal and their better performance make them a worthwhile purchase.


The Benefits and Disadvantages of Steel Wheels

Steel wheels are included on many cars from the factory, and they are perfectly suited to everyday driving on Australia’s roads. Because they’re heavier than wheels made of aluminium, they’re considerably stronger and they’re unlikely to crack. They offer better low-speed traction, and that makes them an ideal choice for off-road use.


Where steel wheels are concerned, they can be repaired easily and they’ll last almost forever. Depending on what you want out of a set of wheels, steelies may be a good choice for your vehicle. Steel wheels can cost less than half of what alloys would, and they can offer increased grip in slippery conditions. However, there are drawbacks to consider. The additional weight reduces the vehicle’s agility while lowering its center of gravity. This can decrease handling, especially in the summertime. Additionally, if you don’t care for the finish on your steel wheels, they can rust over time.


Both types of wheels have benefits and disadvantages to consider. While alloys are lighter in weight, they are more vulnerable to damage. Steel wheels are sturdy, but their increased heft can make them a poor choice in performance applications. By learning the differences between steel wheels and Monster wheels, you can learn how to make the right choice for your car.