Even with tax incentives, the ELR's price is at least $10,000 too high. You essentially get a BMW 2 Series-sized car for 6 Series money. It has a lovely interior and its powertrain should save you at the pump, but not enough to warrant nearly $80,000.
Build Quality (vs. $)
Quality plastics blend with faux suede, leather, contrast stitching, wood and carbon fiber trim. Looks and materials of a luxury car, but some poorly fitted trim pieces betray it.
The ELR is expensive, but most items are standard: rearview camera, navigation, leather-faux suede cabin, Bose sound system, LED lights, heated power wheel. Adaptive cruise, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic options.
Base price is $75,000; as-tested with options listed above, it's $79,685. Even with its styling, interior and ample features, it's an ambitious price for a small luxury coupe with the same powertrain as a $34,000 Chevrolet.
On the Edmunds hybrid evaluation route, the ELR went 54.4 miles on electricity alone, and it averaged 44.3 miles per charge over two weeks. On the regular evaluation route, it returned 41.3 mpg once its plug-in charge was depleted.
4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper; 6-year/50,000-mile powertrain; 8-year/100,000-mile battery component.
4-year/50,000-mile free scheduled maintenance; 6-year/70,000-mile roadside assistance and courtesy transportation; 3 years of OnStar.