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This chart compares the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, Dealer Invoice Price, and Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price. The Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price is the suggested place to start when negotiating. For MSRP and Invoice pricing on packages and options, see the 'Standard Equipment and Options' and 'Equipment Packages' sections
Trim Lines XE LV TGE XLG LG
  4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Wagon 4 Dr Sedan
Manufacturer Code P52 P53 P55 P58 P56
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
The retail price listed on the window sticker. What the dealer would like you to pay.
Base MSRP $19,415 $19,935 $21,260 $22,360 $23,160
Destination Charge $660 $660 $660 $660 $660
Gas Guzzler Tax $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Luxury Tax $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Consumer Rebate
Thru 7/5/03. 3.9% - 4.9% financing available in lieu of rebates.) See Note
($0) ($0) ($0) ($0) ($0)
Total MSRP
+add MSRP for packages/options
$20,075 $20,595 $21,920 $23,020 $23,820
Dealer Invoice Price (Invoice)
The dealer's maximum cost to acquire the car from the manufacturer.
Base Invoice $18,002 $18,276 $19,469 $20,459 $21,179
Destination Charge $660 $660 $660 $660 $660
Gas Guzzler Tax $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Luxury Tax $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Consumer Rebate
Thru 7/5/03. 3.9% - 4.9% financing available in lieu of rebates.) See Note
($0) ($0) ($0) ($0) ($0)
Total Dealer Invoice
+add Dealer Invoice for packages/options
$18,662 $18,936 $20,129 $21,119 $21,839
Consumer Reports (CR) Bottom Line Price
The place to start negotiating. Takes into account the dealer incentives and holdbacks that may be in effect.
Dealer Invoice Price $18,662 $18,936 $20,129 $21,119 $21,839
Dealer Incentive See Note ($0) ($0) ($0) ($0) ($0)
Dealer Holdback (Subtract) ($582) ($598) ($638) ($671) ($695)
           
Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price
+add Dealer Invoice for packages/options
$18,080 $18,338 $19,491 $20,448 $21,144
Calculate your total cost: To calculate the Total Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price, add the Invoice price for the additional packages and options you want. See 'Standard Equipment and Options' and 'Equipment Packages' sections for Invoice and MSRP prices for all factory-installed packages and options.

Dealer Advertising Fee: $200 - $400 if applicable. See the 'Consumer Reports Guide to Buying and Leasing' sections for negotiating advice.

Notes: For the most recent road test on this or a similar model, see the May 2002 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Buying advice, pricing factors, and recommendations found in this report are continually updated. The last manufacturer price change occurred on 03/29/2002.

Above incentive amount(s) are National. Please refer to section 2 for a complete list of regional incentives.
 Regional Incentives
The following is a list of regional incentives, which apply to specific areas of the continental U.S., as opposed national incentives, which apply to the entire country. Dealers in your area may offer these incentives because they have too many vehicles of a certain model, or because demand is low.
Note that, regional incentives supersede national ones, and that national and regional incentives cannot be combined. If you live in one of the regions listed below, be sure to use the regional dealer incentive in your calculations in Section One: Prices.
Trim Lines XE LV TGE XLG LG
  4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Wagon 4 Dr Sedan
Manufacturer Code P52 P53 P55 P58 P56
Atlanta
AL,FL,GA,KY,NC,SC,TN
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
California
CA,HI
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Chicago
IA,IL,IN,MI,WI
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Cincinnati
IL,IN,KY,OH,TN,VA,WV
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Denver
AZ,CO,ID,MT,NE,NV,OR,SD,UT,WY
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Kansas City
IA,IL,KS,MO,NE
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
New York
CT,NJ,NY,PA
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Northwest
AK,ID,MT,OR,WA
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Orlando
AL,FL,GA,MS
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Philadelphia
DE,NJ,PA
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Southwest
NM,OK,TX
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Washington DC
DC,MD,PA,VA,WV
Customer Rebate
$1500 plus 1.9% - 3.9% financing; 0.0% financing in lieu of rebates thru 30-JUN-04
$3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000
Standard Equipment
Consumer Reports Recommended Equipment
The standard equipment below is included at no additional charge on all Sample Report trim lines.
AUDIO
     • Remote audio controls
BODY EXTERIOR
     • Bumpers, Color-Keyed
CONVENIENCE
     • Entry System, Illuminated
     • Glove Box, Locking
FUEL
     • Automatic Fuel Shut-Off
INSTRUMENTATION
     • Gauge, Tachometer
     • Gauge, Temperature
     • Gauge, Trip Odometer
LIGHTS
     • Headlights, Composite Halogen
LOCKS
  Remote keyless entry
PAINT
     • Paint, Clearcoat
SAFETY
     • Air Bag, Driver Depowered
     • Air Bag, Passenger Depowered
     • Bumpers, 5 MPH
     • Seatbelts, Height Adjustable
     • Side Impact Door Beams
     • Head Restraint
SEATS
     • Armrests, Front Center
     • Seat, Driver Reclining
     • Seat, Passenger Reclining
TRANSMISSION
     • Drive, 2 Wheel Front
     • Oil Cooler, Transmission
VENTILATION
     • Air Conditioning
     • Air Extractors
VISABILITY
  Drivers side mirror, heated
     • Glass, Tinted
Options
Features that vary by trim level.   - Consumer Reports Recommended Equipment   - Note applies to this vehicle
Trim Lines XE LV TGE XLG LG
  4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Wagon 4 Dr Sedan
Manufacturer Code P52 P53 P55 P58 P56
BRAKES Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP
        Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc NA NA NA NA NA
        - Requires Trim 3 Group.        
552  Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc NA NA NA Standard NA
          Brakes, Power Disc/Drum Standard Standard ($312) / ($350) NA ($312) / ($350)
       Brakes, Power Disc/Drum with 4 Wheel ABS $534 / $600 $534 / $600 Standard NA NA
CONVENIENCE FEATURES          
        Assist Handle(s) NA Standard Standard Standard Standard
        Automatic Climate Control $0 $0 $0 $0 Standard
        Cargo Cover NA NA NA Package NA
525  Cruise/Speed Control NA NA NA Standard NA
143   Entry System, Keyless Remote          
ENGINE          
99S  Engine, Duratec 3.0L 6 Cylinder 200 hp Gas NA NA $619 / $695 $619 / $695 Standard
         Includes Rear 3.98 Axle Ratio. Requires Power Door Locks.        
ENGINEERING FEATURES          
        Axle Ratio, Rear 3.77 NA NA NA NA NA
        Axle Ratio, Rear 3.98 NA NA Group Group Standard
EXTERIOR FEATURES Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP
       Bumper, Rear Step NA NA NA NA NA
       Luggage Rack NA NA NA Standard NA
INTERIOR FEATURES          
        Console, Flip-Fold Group Group Standard NA Standard
        Floor Mats, Front $27/$30 $27/$30 $27/$30 $27/$30 $27/$30
MANDATORY          
422   Emission Equipment (CA Only) No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge
OTHER          
       Cargo Hooks Standard Standard Standard Standard NA
       Theft Deterrent System Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
       - Includes coded key
PAINT Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP
       Paint, Clearcoat Metallic No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge No Charge
SAFETY FEATURES          
61B Air Bags, Side Impact $347 / $390 $347 / $390 $347 / $390 $347 / $390 $347 / $390
        Lights, Daytime Running NA NA NA NA Standard
Seats          
46S   Seat, 3 Passenger Rear Cloth 60/40 Split Bench NA $124 / $140 Standard Standard Standard
46S   Seat, 3 Passenger Rear Cloth Bench Standard Standard NA NA NA
SOUND          
       Antenna, Power NA NA NA Standard NA
       Compact Disc Changer NA Package Package Package Package
Wheels          
642  Wheel Covers, Locking Standard No Charge NA No Charge NA
       - Requires 6-Way Power Driver Seat.        
Key
Invoice - Dealer Invoice Price - Note applies to this vehicle
MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - Consumer Reports Recommended Equipment
( ) - Subtract from price  
See 'Definitions' section for a more complete listing of definitions and terms.
Equipment Packages
Packages are groups of options. If you want most of the options in a package, buying the package may be a good idea.
Trim Lines XE LV TGE XLG LG
  4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Wagon 4 Dr Sedan
Manufacturer Code P52 P53 P55 P58 P56
  Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP Invoice / MSRP
53A  Audio Group NA NA $596 / $670 $596 / $670 $596 / $670
Package Includes:
Compact Disc Changer, Radio, Mach AM/FM ETR Stereo with CD, Digital Clock
85A  SES Group NA NA NA $801 / $900 NA
- Requires Wagon Group. Not Available with Locking Wheel Covers.        
Package Includes:
Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS, 6-Way Power Driver Seat, Mirror(s), Illuminated Visor Vanity  
96W   Wagon Group NA NA NA $267 / $300 NA
Package Includes:
Cargo Cover, Rear Facing Third Row Seat
Key
Invoice - Dealer Invoice Price - Note applies to this vehicle
MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price - Consumer Reports Recommended Equipment
( ) - Subtract from price  
See 'Definitions' section for a more complete listing of definitions and terms.
Consumer Reports Equipment Recommendations
Consumer Reports recommends that you consider the safety equipment listed below if it is available for your model. In some cases it may be part of the standard equipment.

The 'Standard Equipment/Options' Section has checks for even more recommended equipment and options which affect comfort, convenience, and/or resale value. Consumer Reports recommends that you consider the following options if they fit your needs: remote keyless entry, central locking system, power mirrors, heated seats, and air conditioning.

Trim Lines XE LV TGE XLG LG
  4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Sedan 4 Dr Wagon 4 Dr Sedan
Adjustable pedals Std Std $107 / 120 $107 / 120 Std
Daytime running lights Std Std Std Std Std
Driver seat height adjustment Std Std Std Std Std
Four-wheel antilock brakes Std Std Std Std Std
Head protection air bags N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Heated side mirrors NA NA Pkg Pkg Pkg
Power side mirrors Std Std Std Std Std
Side air bags NA NA Std Pkg Pkg
Stability control N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Tilt and telescope steering column N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Traction control N/A N/A Std Pkg Pkg
- Consumer Reports Recommended Equipment
Consumer Reports Safety Data
Model Front Crash Side Crash Offset Crash Injury Claim Rate Safety Belts
  Driver Passenger Driver Passenger   Overall For type Pretensioners Center Rear
Sample Report Good Front 3-point
HOW TO READ THE SAFETY TEST TABLE
The crash-test results are very specific and don't predict how well occupants will fare in crashes other than head-on, side, and offset as described below. Results are given only for models whose design and safety restraints are similar to the current model year.

Front and side crash judgments (for driver and passenger on the crash side) are from Consumer Reports' interpretation of results from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests. These simulate a head-on crash at 35 mph and a crash in which a car traveling 17 mph is hit from the side at 34 mph.

Off-set crash results are based on 40 mph offcenter collision tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance-industry organization that ranks cars good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Safety belts are the most important piece of safety equipment in the vehicle. All vehicles have three-point lap and shoulder belts for the two front seats. Safety belt pretensioners instantly take up slack in the belt upon impact. We also note models that have a lap or three-point shoulder belt in the center of the rear seat.

NA means the information is not available - the vehicle wasn't tested or tested recently, or data was unusable or not applicable.

These findings are based on Consumer Report's interpretation of Government and insurance-industry data, and on manufacturer's specifications.

Key for Crash-Protection
No injury or minor injury likely
Moderate injury likely
Certain injury, possibly severe
Severe or fatal injury highly likely
Severe or fatal injury certain
Consumer Reports Recommended Alternate Models
Consumer Reports recommends that before buying a car you have two or three models in mind. This strengthens your ability to find a good deal, and your negotiating position. If you become overly attached to one model you may be enticed into overpaying. This chart gives you different models that are comparable to the vehicle you have chosen.
Model Predicted Reliability Owner Satisfaction Depreciation Rating Base Warranty MSRP Safety Rating
Sample Report NA 36 mo./36k $17,885 - $21,085
Sample Alternate 1 New 36 mo./36k $21,049 - $26,249
Sample Alternate 2 36 mo./36k $17,518 - $26,198
Sample Alternate 3 36 mo./36k $15,350 - $24,550
Key for Predicted Reliability, Owner Satisfaction and Depreciation Rating
  Better   Worse  
NA Information is not available | New Model is new or redesigned
Definitions

Base Price - The price of the vehicle with only standard equipment (no packages or options).

Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price - The place to start when negotiating. It takes into account the current dealer incentives and holdbacks that may be in effect.

Dealer - Dealer installed option.

Dealer Advertising Fee - See the 'Consumer Reports Guide to Buying' section.

Dealer Holdback - A percentage of the total MSRP that the manufacturer holds and then gives back to the dealer, often at the end of the year or quarter. Holdback may vary from dealer to dealer and may depend upon other factors such as dealer quotas.

Dealer Invoice Price - The maximum amount the dealer pays the manufacturer for a vehicle. Given manufacturers use of dealer incentives and holdbacks, it is no longer your bottom line when vehicles are in good supply.

Destination Charge - The cost to ship the vehicle from the factory to the dealer.

Gas Guzzler Tax - A tax on vehicles that get poor gas mileage.

Group - Not available for individual purchase.

Customer Rebates - Discounts given by the manufacturer to the customer to increase the sales of a particular model. Customer incentives or rebates are usually advertised discounts that a buyer receives from the manufacturer and signs over to the dealer as part of the down payment.

Dealer Incentive - Discounts given by the manufacturer to the dealer to increase the sales of a particular model. Dealer incentives are unadvertised discounts dealers get from the manufacturer; knowing about one gives you more room to negotiate.

Luxury Tax - A tax on passenger vehicles that have a purchase price over $38,000.

Manufacturer Code - A code assigned to a model, package, option or other equipment by the manufacturer.

Model - The designation which identifies a particular vehicle that a manufacturer produces (eg. Taurus, Camaro, 325i). A trim line further delineates the model.

MSRP - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. The retail price is set by the manufacturer. The government requires all new cars to have a list price or sticker price.

Not Available - Not available on this Trim Line.

Not Reported - Status not provided by manufacturer.

Option Packages - Manufacturers bundle and price equipment options in packages to simplify the manufacturing process. They're typically given names like Convenience, Preferred Equipment or Quick Order. If you want most of the options included, a package may be a good deal.
Package - Available as part of an option package (see the Equipment Packages Section).

Port Installed - Equipment or features installed at the port of entry rather than at the factory.

Standard - Standard equipment for this model (see the Standard Equipment and Options Section).

Trim Line - Most car models come in two or more trim lines, such as 'LX,' 'DX,' or 'EX'. Each trim line has different standard equipment, packages and options available.

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When leasing a new car

Low monthly prices in newspapers and television ads may look like a great deal. But leasing is a far more complicated transaction than buying. Incomprehensible contracts and large hidden costs for early termination or excess wear and tear all add to the complexity of a lease. Unless you're a tough negotiator and a gentle driver, you could end up paying much more than you should.

When you purchase a New Car Price Report, this section will provide information to help you negotiate the best terms on a lease, give advice on common mistakes with helpful leasing tips and traps to avoid.

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The material provided in this report is gathered by Consumers Union from its own resources and outside experts.


The material provided in this report is gathered by Consumers Union from its own resources and outside experts.

Copyright © 2006 - 2012 by Consumers Union of U.S. Inc.
Careful attention has been given to this report's accuracy and completeness. However, Consumer Reports assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions and all prices are subject to change without notice.