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 Jim Mateja
August 22, 1999
1999 is the second year for the Toyota Sienna. Built off a stretch of the same platform as the front-wheel-drive Camry (114.2-inch wheelbase on the van versus 105.2 sedan), it offers basically the same ride and handling as
the sedan, softly cushioned yet predictable, a long-distance hauler that promises room and comfort for the family and the Toyota name that stands for reliability and dependability. It comes with a manual driver-side slide-open door and an optional
power passenger-side slider (new for '99), which, in our test vehicle, came as part of a $2,685 package that included leather seats and power moonroof. Of note, we fiddled with the door for a week and could not get the power mechanism to work. A
power glass roof in a van is much appreciated to help vent stale air in a large cabin often filled with kids and/or pets. The 3-liter, 194-horsepower, 24-valve V-6 is teamed with 4-speed automatic. Ample power and quiet operation and 18 m.p.g. city/24
m.p.g. highway mileage, about the same as Montana. Lots of standard goodies in the XLE we tested, such as ABS; power windows/locks/heated mirrors; air conditioning with front and rear controls; power driver's seat; premium audio system with cassette
and CD players; three-row, seven-passenger seating; rear-window washer/wiper/defogger; low tire-pressure warning light; first- and second-row captain's chairs (which create a walk-through to the third seat); body-colored bumpers and side moldings;
pull-out drawer under the front passenger seat; and a pair of power plugs for accessories. Cupholders fold down from the side of the driver and front passenger seat, an awkward position low and out of sight. The brakes were too spongy and traction
control isn't offered. Base price: $27,697. Add the leather (a tad slippery) seat/moonroof/power slider package for $2,685 and $420 for freight.