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 24, 1999
Vehicle Overview Production of the Mystique sedan, a twin to the Ford Contour, has ended as Mercury focuses on larger, more expensive models. Mercury dropped the subcompact Tracer, a twin to the Ford Escort, at the end of the 1999 model year.
Both Mystique and Contour debuted for 1995. Contour production continues into the 2000 calendar year, though Ford has not said for how long.
Exterior Like the Contour, Mystique comes only as a four-door sedan and with similar styling. Mystique's 106.5-inch wheelbase is 2 inches shorter than the midsize Mercury Sable's. In overall length, the 185-inch Mystique is 15 inches shorter than the Sable sedan.
Interior Though Mercury lists Mystique as a five-passenger sedan, the rear seat has less legroom than several rivals, a factor that may have led to the car's demise. A split, folding rear seat augments the 14-cubic-foot trunk.
Under the Hood The front-wheel-drive Mystique returns for its final season as a GS model with a 125-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and as the better-equipped LS, with a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6.