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 Flammang
April 18, 2005
Vehicle Overview For 2005, the L300 is offered in one trim level. It is equipped with a V-6 powertrain, an automatic transmission, all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and side curtain-type airbags.
Based on the European Opel Vectra, the L300 � formerly known as the L-Series � was modified considerably for the U.S. market and built at a General Motors factory in Delaware.
Exterior A Saturn badge with a three-dimensional look sits within the L300's chrome-framed grille. The rocker panels and lower fascia sections are body-colored. Dent- and rust-resistant polymer bodyside panels are attached to a steel space frame. Saturn has used this construction method since the company began marketing vehicles.
Measuring 190.4 inches long overall, the L300 sedan rides a 106.5-inch wheelbase � these dimensions are comparable with the top-selling Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The L300 stretches 68.5 inches wide and stands 56.4 inches tall. Alloy wheels hold 16-inch tires. A power sunroof is optional.
Interior Up to five occupants can fit inside the L300, which features a rear bench and front bucket seats that provide ample space for 6-footers. Taller people may not be able to stretch out in the backseat. Space is more than sufficient for two passengers in back, and three can manage. The 60/40-split rear seatback folds down to expand the trunk's 17.5-cubic-foot cargo volume.
European-style seat upholstery is installed, and the instrument cluster features a silver-colored faceplate. Standard features include air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, an immobilizer alarm, cruise control, heated power mirrors, remote keyless entry and a CD/cassette stereo system.
Under the Hood The L300 uses a 3.0-liter V-6 that generates 182 horsepower. It teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission.
Safety Side curtain-type airbags, antilock brakes and traction control are standard. LATCH child-safety seat anchors and tethers are installed.