My dad had a rental Sentra for a few weeks after a tree fell on his truck. I would agree, it is pretty boring, although I didn't find it overly noisy.That's an excellent article. You forgot to add that the Nissan Sentra is boring to drive (at least the one I rented a few weeks ago on a business trip) and it a noisy econo-box on the highway, and the Volt is not.
I'm not sure how to take your post. Are you saying that there are people who would not purchase a Volt based on the fact that they have the option to get a $7500 federal tax credit? Or that they would not make the purchase to demonstrate their opposition to the fed's offering a tax incentive? I would suspect that even without any federal tax incentives, some of those people might still find fault with the new technology and still chose the tried and true gas guzzlers, IMHO; Texas crude forever, and all that (it's pretty hard to mount a gun rack in the back of the Volt 8^).distrust and contempt for the government's "patronizing and big brother liberal influence" has hurt the volt's reputation. I would venture to guess that as many people are lost as gained by the tax incentives.
In addition to the large military budget and the lives of American (and other nationalities') soldiers being lost in fighting for oil, there are the oil tax subsidies and relatively low federal tax on gasoline contributing to the cheapness of gas in these United States.By that logic, those opposed to the "patronizing and big brother liberal influence", should be driving 12 mpg cars without seatbelts, airbags, crash protection, stability control and so on. They should also be refusing to take the mortgage interest tax deduction, partly paid for by people who either don't borrow or rent. Schools are mostly paid for by people without school-age children as well. Cheap gas is paid for in part by the military budget and the lives of American soldiers. Somehow, such things get conveniently overlooked.
But logic has little to do with the Volt hatred.