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.
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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
February 14, 2000
Vehicle Overview Saturn joins the midsize segment with the 2000 L Series sedan and station wagon. The front-drive LS (sedan) and LW (wagon) are derived from the German Opel Vectra, one of General Motors' European models, but have different styling and are built at GM's Wilmington, Del., plant. Operating as a separate company within GM, Saturn is on a mission to attract buyers of import-brand cars.
Exterior Like all Saturns, the LW has dent- and rust-resistant polymer side-body panels attached to a skeleton-like steel space frame. Styling on the new sedans show a strong family resemblance to the smaller Saturn S Series sedan, including a prominent crease that runs the length of the body side.
The LW's overall length of 190 inches is 8 inches less than the Ford Taurus wagon and 4 inches shorter than the Volkswagen Passat wagon.
Interior The LW seats five with two front buckets and a three-place bench that is split 60/40 and folds to expand the cargo area. Saturn lists cargo volume at 29 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 71 cubic feet with the seat folded. Opening or closing the smooth-operating liftgate can easily be done with one hand.
Air conditioning, power steering and a tilt wheel are standard on all models. A power driver's seat is a new option for Saturn.
Under the Hood The LW1 uses a new 2.2-liter four-cylinder engine with 137 horsepower that is not currently shared with other GM brands. The LW2 has a 182 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 produced by GM of Europe, and versions of this engine are used in the Cadillac Catera and Saab 9-5. Both come only with a four-speed automatic transmission.
Anti-lock brakes and traction control are optional on both.
Performance Though the LW offers crisp handling, comfortable accommodations and decent utility at a reasonable price, it sets no new standards. Just being good may not be good enough in such a competitive market.