• Oct 26, 2010
It's hard to believe that the time to purchase a Chevrolet Volt is finally almost here, and the latest evidence of this fact comes in the form of Chevrolet's official online vehicle configurator. Taking a quick look at the "build and price" options reveals few options for the seven markets eligible to purchase a 2011 Volt. That's probably a good thing since a new Volt starts at $41,000, (or $32,780 after U.S. government tax breaks).

If you want to spec out more than a base Volt, you can choose from one of three uplevel paint jobs, $695 for a rear camera with Park Assist (an option we very much recommend after experiencing the Volt's compromised rear visibility), $595 for polished aluminum wheels or $1,395 for a Premium Trim package with heated leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. All optioned out, the Volt jumps to $44,680. If that price tag feels like a bit of a tall order, keep in mind that the Volt can be leased for $350 a month for 36 months with $2,500 due at signing, an option that we suspect will be very popular. Head over to the Volt configurator to build your own. Hat tips to Richard and Clayton!



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Luckily, I have a year left on my current lease. If not, this might just be an impulse buy (lease). $350/month seems nice, and I could make the long trip out to town (17.5 miles each way) and not use any fuel (or just a tiny bit). That trip now uses 1/8 of a tank round trip in my Forester XT, but then again, that Forester is built to handle the harsh winters and snow covered mountain roads. I wonder how that Volt would do in the brutally cold winter months, when it feels like it snows everyday, and is equipped with winter tires.
      Hey GM, if you want to lend me one for the winter for testing purposes, feel free to drop me a line. I also do frequent round trips from Northeast PA to NYC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened to all those who were calling it Vaporware just a few months ago?
      • 4 Years Ago
      $42000? Seriously? For en electric Cruze?

      That gubbmint koolaid must be some good stuff...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dayum. I was dead set on buying one. However, the VW I was driving crapped out about 7 months ago and I needed a daily driver. I ended up buying a Genesis Coupe and don't regret my purchase. Guess I'll snag one of these in two-three years, after they've worked out any bugs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does GM refuse to build a car you can see out of?
      • 4 Years Ago
      A car tailor made for idiot GM fanboys!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, they weren't kidding about the price, booo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @skipper

        I know, what's the deal with the white paint. That would be the color I would get if I was remotely interested in this car. But I'll stick with a fuel efficent 4 cyl for daily grind driving and keep other cars as my weekend toys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why no white paint? Only old lady pearl, and why can't I get an all black interior?

        They need to replace color and trim combos. The tech silkscreen looks cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *facepalm*
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one that finds the Volt completely unattractive? It looks blocky and awkward from some angles, and completely bland and uninspired from others. Hell, the whole exterior comes across as dated.

      The interior looks like a typical, boring econobox interior with some added white to make it appeal to the techy, Mac-loving crowd.

      I respect the tech and all that's behind the weak aesthetic, but the appearance is enough to dissuade me from every wanting to own the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A $41K car with cloth seats, plastic steering wheel, and no heated seats? Even after the tax rebate, I doubt anyone forking over that kind of money wouldn't spend another $1395 to get leather and heated seats - stuff that almost every other car in that price range includes and most people who have the money to spend on a Volt are accustomed to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Becuase some people, probably more so people interested in a Volt or other so called "green car" may not want leather on their seats or steering wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Volt is not a practical purchase by any stretch of the imagination. This car is for someone that wants to be the first to own such a car. If someone has the money to blow on something like this for shear excitement of being the first to own such a car, there is no reason they should not go for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually 350 a month with very little gas expenditures could work economically for a lot of people. Yes it would be cheaper to buy a 89 Toyota Camry and milk it for another 60K miles but thats true with any car. And there is no doubt the Volt will turn heads as much as any mustang GT will for at least the next year or so.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The dark interior definitely looks much better than the white trim center stack. Can't wait to see some of these on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to love watching used values of this leftymobile plummet. The same people who supported Obama are invariably the same dullards who will buy this overpriced anachronism. It's supposed to be a symbol of "greenism" but its saving grace, the thing that makes it work in the real world, is the gas tank. But the hype is pretty much the same. Change. Hope. A Brave New World. Smart Power. This is The Car We've Been Waiting For. And just as with Obama, they will be disillusioned in a few years. Buyer's remorse will follow, and apathy will follow that. You can't fix willful naivete. History repeats itself because human nature never changes.

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