As everyone knows by now, GM’s (NYSE:GM) entry into the electric car market–the Chevy Volt–costs $41,000 before tax breaks. After the tax breaks, you can happily drive one off the lot for $33,000 … if you can ignore those guilt pangs knowing your fellow Americans have chipped in $8,000 to your new ride.
Welfare for the sanctimonious?
Meanwhile, back in the real world, there are plenty of great cars you can buy for less than $41,000 or even less than $33,000–and honestly. Here are my picks (in alphabetical order).
Ten for Less Than $41,000:
Ten for Less Than $33,000:
This list doesn’t even touch the rich recession market of slightly used cars.
Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes and author of the Wall Street Journal business best-seller Life 2.0: How People Across the Country Are Transforming Their Lives to Make Their Own American Dream.