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
November 22, 1999
Vehicle Overview Hondas most popular model and the second best-selling passenger car in the United States is cleaning up its act. All 2000 Accords sold in the United States will meet California's low-emission vehicle standards.
Starting in January, Accord EX models sold in California with a four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission will be certified as "super ultra-low emission vehicles," meeting standards that don't take effect in that state until the 2004 model year. The Accord is the first gasoline-powered vehicle to meet those standards.
Exterior Though the two-door coupe and four-door sedan share major styling themes, the coupe is different in most aspects. It is shorter, has less exterior ornamentation and sports a different grille, for example. Wheelbase on the coupe is 105 inches, and the sedan's is 107. At nearly 189 inches, the sedan is about 2 inches longer overall.
Interior Accord gained a wider interior when it was redesigned for 1998, making the rear seat more accommodating. However, three adults in the back seat are still a crowd. The front buckets have ample space. Typical of Honda, the dashboard is a simple, functional design that is convenient and attractive. All models have a folding rear seatback to supplement the trunk; the seatback can be locked to prevent unwanted entry to the trunk.
Under the Hood The DX model uses a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 135 horsepower, while the LX and EX models use an engine of the same size with variable-valve technology that boosts horsepower to 150. A 200-horsepower V-6 engine is available on LX and EX models. The V-6 comes only with automatic, and the four-cylinders have a choice of automatic or manual shift.
Anti-lock brakes are standard on EX models and LX models with the V-6 and optional on four-cylinder LX sedans with automatic transmission.
Safety All models have a front passenger airbag with a dual-stage inflator that varies deployment force based on crash severity and whether the seatbelt is buckled. Models with leather upholstery now come with side-impact airbags for the front seats.
Performance The Accord is a no-brainer among midsize cars. It is reliable, durable, enjoyable to drive, reasonably priced and sure to have high resale value. Though the V-6 models are the most refined and best-equipped, the four cylinder versions provide brisk acceleration, capable handling and a full complement of amenities.