Twenty Better Values Than A Chevy Volt

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:

Audi Q5

BMW 3-Series (Base Model)

Cadillac CTS Sports Wagon

Chevy Camaro Z28 (Coming in 2011)

Chrysler 300 (Hemi Model)

Ford Flex EcoBoost

Infinity G37

Lexus RX350 (Mid Model)

Nissan 370Z (Touring with Sports Package Model)

Toyota Sequoia

Ten for Less Than $33,000:

Chevy Silverado 1500

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Mustang Convertible (V6 Premium)

Honda CRV

Hyundai Genesis

Nissan Leaf Electric

Mini Cooper

Subaru Outback

Toyota Avalon

Toyota Prius Hybrid

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.