Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP), also known as "sticker" price, is a recommended selling price that automakers give a new car that is above the invoice price paid by the dealer. It is a price that does not include any options that can be added to a particular car style. When shown as a range, the prices are starting MSRPs, without options, for multiple styles for that model.
This price range reflects the Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value for all trim levels, but not necessarily all available options.
The Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail value represents the amount an auto dealer might ask for a specific vehicle; the actual sale price will vary. A vehicle's popularity, condition, warranty, color and local market conditions are factors involved in determining a final price. The retail value is not a trade-in or private party value.
The Suggested Retail value assumes that the vehicle has been fully reconditioned and has a clean title history. The Suggested Retail value also allows for advertising, sales commissions, insurance and other costs of doing business as a dealer. Most vehicles offered at this price have passed an inspection, and some may carry a warranty. Vehicle mileage is assumed to be normal or below normal.
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By Rick Popely
December 1, 1999
Vehicle Overview A front-drive coupe, Avenger is a corporate twin of the Chrysler Sebring, differing only in styling details. Both are built on the Mitsubishi Galant platform at a plant the Japanese company operates in Normal, Ill. They use a 2.5-liter V-6 with 163 horsepower. Both are scheduled to be redesigned for the 2001 model year, when they will again be based on the Galant platform but be styled by DaimlerChrysler.
Interior Avenger comes in base and ES price levels, and both seat five. The front passenger seat slides forward when the backrest is tipped to ease entry to roomier-than-averagethe rear seat. The split rear seatback folds for additional cargo space. Leather seats are standard on the ES.
Exterior The 103.7-inch wheelbase places the Avenger among small cars, but at 191 inches overall it ranks among midsize cars in exterior dimensions. Avenger's styling is marked by a low nose and high rear deck. It bears no resemblance to the Mitsubishi sedan from which it is derived.
Under the Hood A four-cylinder engine formerly was standard in the base model but has been dropped. Both models now come with a 163-horsepower 2.5-liter V-6 and a four-speed automatic transmission.The Avenger coupe has style and more interior room that most two-door rivals, but the V-6 engine makes more noise than power.