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
May 29, 2001
Posted on 5/29/01 Vehicle Overview Mercurys rear-drive sedan gets more horsepower, dual-stage front airbags and power-adjustable pedals as its key changes for 2001. The Grand Marquis and similar Ford Crown Victoria are the last traditional full-size, rear-drive family sedans with V-8 engines. Both are built on the same platform as the Lincoln Town Car, which wears different styling and has larger dimensions.
The dual-stage front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity, whether the seat belts are buckled and the position of the drivers seat. The airbags may not deploy in some less severe crashes if sensors detect that the seat belts are buckled.
While two-thirds of Crown Victoria sales go to police squads and taxicab companies, most Grand Marquis sales are to retail customers. Restyled versions of both are expected for the 2002 model year but will retain their current mechanical design.
Exterior The Grand Marquis and Crown Vic both have a 114.7-inch wheelbase and a 212-inch overall length, which makes them a foot longer than the Buick LeSabre, the best-selling full-size car. The only styling differences between the Ford and Mercury versions are their unique grilles, taillights and exterior trim.
Interior With bench seats in the front and rear and a wide interior, the Grand Marquis has space for six people. Large doors facilitate entry and exit. Middle passengers, however, have to straddle a large driveshaft tunnel and dont have as much legroom as outboard occupants. The front seat is a split bench with a folding center armrest. Map pockets on the front doors are a new standard feature. The power-adjustable pedals, a new option, move fore and aft over a 3-inch range.
Though trunk volume is an impressive 20.6 cubic feet, much of the space is in a deep well that makes loading and unloading heavy items a strain.
Under the Hood Two versions of Fords 4.6-liter V-8 engine are available. The standard version generates 220 horsepower, 20 hp more than last year as a result of internal changes and revised electronic controls. An optional handling package includes a dual exhaust system that boosts horsepower to 235, also 20 hp more than last year. Both engines come with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Antilock brakes and traction control are optional.