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 Jim Mateja
August 22, 1999
The GMC Safari is showing age spots. Along with the Chevrolet Astro van, Safari was GM's rear-wheel-drive response to Lee Iacocca's front-wheel-drive mini-vans at
Chrysler in the mid-'80s. GM insisted van owners wanted rear-wheel-drive, truck-tough haulers, not front-wheel-drive vans built for show and not tow.
While GM eventually joined in with FWD vans, Safari continues for two good reasons, both of which were offered on our test vehicle: all-wheel-drive for
Snow Belt motoring without having to opt for a sport-ute or a pickup and a most functional rear tri-panel cargo hold/door setup. Tri-panel means you have
a glass hatch window that opens separately of two swing-out doors below. The window provides unobstructed rear vision and allows for a wiper/washer/defroster.
The swing-out doors allow easy access for loading/ unloading, and you can leave one open to haul that long ladder. Showing its age, however, Safari has a
too-firm ride and too-heavy handling. The 4.3-liter, 190-h.p. V-6 feels as if it has all it can handle. The mileage rating is 15 m.p.g. city/19 m.p.g. highway. After six inches of
snow, firm ride, heavy handling and low mileage aren't as annoying in an AWD machine. Base price: $23,316. Options included a $4,026 dressup SLE package
with tinted glass, dual power mirrors, illuminated visor mirrors, overhead console, remote keyless entry, luggage rack, swing-out doors, AM/FM stereo with
CD/cassette and cast aluminum wheels; front/rear air for $523; power driver's seat for $240; rear heater for $205; rear-window defogger for $154; earphone
radio jacks for $125; leather-wrapped wheel for $54; and $595 for freight. GM's OnStar emergency communications system is a new option for 1999.