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.
Best Bets get above-average mpg, class-average or better reliability, class-average or better crash-test ratings, and our recommendation.
By Jim Mateja
August 21, 1989
The sun is shining brightly and the breezes are blowing gently as we pull the Mustang convertible into the parking lot to begin another day. An innervoice whispers, ``Put the top down and head for Lake Shore Drive, dummy.`` The 1989 Mustang LX
ragtop offers the fun and excitement of top-downmotoring, provided you have a little patience. Getting the top down is relatively simply, as long as you devote extracare to lowering the rear window. The window is glass to combat the oldconvertible
bugaboo-ring around the plastic. Putting the top back up is trickier when it comes to that window, whichnow weighs a ton while trying to juggle it and the zipper. There`s one other hangup: Getting into the back seat when you want toundo the
window and getting out again once the work is done. The Mustang LXseat belts are secured to the rear compartment and serve as a barrier ingetting into or out of the back seat. The top aside, the LX offers one of those rarities today, a good,
old-fashioned 5-liter, high-output, 225 h.p. V-8 engine that snarls a bit whenyou punch the pedal. The 5-liter V-8 was teamed with optional ($515) automatic, a quiet matethat didn`t seem to rob any power. The EPA rating is 17 m.p.g. city/25
m.p.g. highway, a government mileageestimate that seemed generous considering the 5-liter was drawn like a magnet to the fuel pump. Of course, lead foot demands lead free. Base price: $17,001.