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
February 8, 2000
Vehicle Overview Esteem is the Suzuki Swift's bigger brother, a larger car with more interior space and more-powerful four-cylinder engines, including a new 1.8-liter. Unlike the Swift, which Suzuki shares with Chevrolet, the Esteem is exclusive to Suzuki dealers. Also unlike the Swift, which is built in Canada, the Esteem hails from Japan.
Interior All models seat five with the usual two front buckets and a folding rear seat. Standard equipment includes some items not expected in this price range: air conditioning, a cassette player and rear defogger. GLX models add power locks, windows and mirrors.
Exterior The Esteem sedan is 166 inches long, 17 inches longer than the Swift but 9 inches shorter than the Honda Civic sedan. The Esteem also is wider than the Swift by nearly 4 inches and 4.5 inches longer in wheelbase. GLX models differ from base GL versions with standard alloy wheels and 15-inch tires instead of 14-inch. Esteem also is available as a station wagon.
Under the Hood At the start of the model year, Esteem came with a 1.6-liter engine with 95 horsepower. Starting on Nov. 19, a new 1.8-liter with 122 horsepower became standard. Both engines are available with manual or automatic transmission.