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 28, 1989
It has been a few years since we`ve driven a subcompact Sentra, which ifwe recall, was a tin box that lacked styling and performance. The 1989 two-door E coupe we drove certainly is an improvement. Make no mistake, Sentra isn`t a glamor
machine. It`s one of those point A to B functional vessels that carry a load of people and their groceries and/orluggage without burning a lot of fuel. The EPA rating with the 1.6-liter, fuel-injected, 4-cylinder engineteamed with optional
automatic is 26 m.p.g. city/30 m.p.g. highway. Styling is pleasant if not eye-popping. Room and comfort are moreabundant than in, say, a Ford Escort or Dodge Shadow. Ride and handling areadequate and typically more nimble and less cumbersome than
small domesticsubcompacts. Not lots of flash and dash; it just gets you there and back withoutlooking like a pauper. The coupe is the only Sentra built in Japan and not at Nissan`s Smyrna,Tenn., plant. Base price: $9,149 with
automatic, $8,249 with 5-speed manual.