Well, our buds over at GM-Volt have gone over a 2012 Volt with a fine-toothed comb to detail the subtle tweaks that make the 2012 Volt different from this year's version. Here's what was found:
- The taillights feature white, rectangular passive reflectors.
- All 2012 Volts come standard with passive keyless entry and a chrome access button located on all four door handles.
- The driver display screen gets a couple of additional icons, including a vehicle "Ready" icon and and one for navigation.
- The gear selector's center console letters (PRNDL) are backlit in yellow.
- All labels on the Volt's touch-panel center stack have been enlarged for improved clarity.
- The Volt's "Energy Info" display now shows "kWh used."
- The plug-in sedan gets, for the first time, a traction control on/off button.
All told, ordering a 2012 Volt that's the same as a base 2011 Volt mean buyers will have to fork over $43,083. That's $2,083 over the price of 2011 Volt. So, despite the 2012's lower MSRP, the Volt's loss of valuable features for 2012 makes it less a deal than it seems.