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.
Best Bets get above-average mpg, class-average or better reliability, class-average or better crash-test ratings, and our recommendation.
By Rick Popely
June 19, 2001
Vehicle Overview A new Clarion stereo with an in-dash CD player is the major change for the Esteem, a front-drive subcompact that comes in sedan and wagon body styles the latter is covered in the 2001 Station Wagon Buying Guide. All models get the new sound system with the CD player, and the top-shelf GLX+ model adds a cassette player.
A redesigned Esteem line is expected for the 2002 model year, when Suzuki may drop its smaller Swift.
Exterior A new grille gives the Esteem a fresh face for 2001. 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 is 4.5 inches longer in wheelbase.
Interior All models seat five with the usual two front bucket seats and a folding rear seat. Standard equipment includes some items not expected in this price range: air conditioning, a CD player and a rear window defogger. GLX models add power locks, windows and mirrors.
Under the Hood All models use a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 122 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and a four-speed automatic is optional.