Chevrolet was criticized for charging too much for its 2011 Volt plug-in hybrid, but the General Motors
On the paper, the 2012 Volt is cheaper than the 2011 model, as it starts now at $39,995 (including destination), which is more than $1,000 below the 2011 base price of $41,000. However, GM removed quite a bit of the standard equipment and made it optional and added a few more options, which means that a fully loaded Volt now tops out at more than $46,000, as opposed to the $43,090 for essentially the same car.
The base model no longer includes the navigation system, which now costs a hefty $1,995 extra. The Bose sound system is also optional now and can be purchased for $495. If you purchased a 2011 base model for $41,000, you will now have to pay $41,635 for the same car. Further options include a rear camera package ($695), leather trim ($1,395), wheel options ($595 or $695), the MyLink entertainment package (no official price posted yet, and premium paint ($495 or $995).
With taxes and fees, the Volt can quickly turn into a $50,000 car, even if the $7,500 tax credit still applies.
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