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Here’s the tougher trick: Get more normal people into the Volt—people who couldn’t see themselves in the quirky-looking Toyota Prius, let alone a Nissan Leaf. For this audience, the 2016 Volt’s clever disguise as a compact sedan should make people feel more comfortable with going green. Where the original Volt design was chunky, the 2016 model is gently curved. There’s a little more passenger space inside, and the fit and finish don’t look like a plasticky ploy to save weight.
The Volt is still going to cost more than a regular Chevrolet car, with a $33,170 starting MSRP. You’d need to get the full $7,500 federal rebate to bring it in line with Chevy’s next-most expensive passenger car, the bigger and more powerful Impala. We know the nerds will pay—the Volt is already the best-selling Chevrolet car in the tech-saturated San Francisco Bay Area. We don’t know what the newcomers will think, but the Volt is the strongest blend so far of green sensibilities and mainstream tastes.
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