2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0L Turbo Gas I4, 268 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Cadillac CTS is a mid-sized luxury sedan in competition with the 5-series BMW and the Mercedes Benz C-Class. Cadillac is priced and engineered to compete directly with the competition from Germany, and its excellent chassis delivers, some say, a superior driving experience. Cadillac's styling seems more forward than the competition and equipment levels are extremely comprehensive.

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What's New For 2016

The CTS gets a few refinements for 2016, including a new 8-speed transmission and fuel-saving start-stop engine technology. The luxury mid-size also gains a standard rearview camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the CUE infotainment system.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 5 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Front and Rear Automatic Braking
    • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • Daytime running lamps, LED
    • Air bags, driver and front passenger frontal front seat thorax and pelvic, rear thorax for outboard seating positions, side-curtain and driver and front passenger knee (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag, Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar Guidance plan for 1 year including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Surround Vision, Birdseye view of vehicle
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Lane Change Alert alerts driver when a sensed vehicle is approaching fast from the rear
    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Side Blind Zone Alert alerts driver when a sensed vehicle is in blind spot
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
    • Sensor, tilt
    • Fuel filler door, remote locking
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
    • Child seat restraint system
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, integral front and rear
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Wireless Charging
    • Bluetooth for phone/audio uplevel phone/audio with Natural Voice Recognition
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system feature, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 13-speaker system includes Active Noise Cancellation
    • Cadillac CUE Information and Media Control System with Embedded Navigation AM/FM stereo with embedded navigation, 8" color information display, three USB ports, auxiliary input jack, Natural Voice Recognition and Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 18" x 8.5" (45.7 cm x 21.6 cm) 10-spoke polished alloy (Upgradeable to (RCW) 18" x 8.5" 15-spoke polished alloy wheels or (RT9) 19" x 8.5" 10-spoke polished alloy wheels.)
    • Tires, P245/40R18 all-season, blackwall, run-flat
    • Wheel lugs, locking
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge includes Adaptive Forward Lighting and LED vertical light signatures
    • Headlamps, IntelliBeam
    • Lamp marker, reflex, front side
    • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Mirrors, outside heated power adjustable and driver-side auto-dimming, body-color, manual folding with integrated turn signal indicators and puddle lamps
    • Glass, solar absorbing, windshield
    • Glass, Solar-Ray
    • Windows, laminated glass, front side
    • Windows, laminated glass, rear door
    • Wipers, front intermittent
    • Wipers, Rainsense
    • Door handles, illuminated
    • Automatic Parking Assist includes front, rear, parallel and perpendicular parking assist
  • Interior Features
    • Trunk release, power, remote
    • Theft-deterrent alarm system, self-powered, shielded
    • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle with immobilizer
    • Climate control, tri-zone automatic
    • Air filtration system
    • Sunroof, UltraView, power
    • Defogger, rear-window electric with front and side window outlets for the driver and front passenger
    • Glovebox, electric, lockable
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming, frameless
    • Seats, front bucket, 20-way performance driver and front passenger includes (AHE) driver power-adjustable seat back bolster and (AHH) front passenger power-adjustable seat back bolster and manual cushion length adjustment
    • Full leather seats
    • Seat adjusters, driver and front passenger 8-way power plus 4-way power lumbar, plus 4-way manual adjustable head restraints
    • Seat adjusters, driver includes manual cushion length adjustment and power side bolster adjustment
    • Seat adjusters, front passenger includes manual cushion length adjustment and power side bolster adjustment
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seats, heated/ventilated driver and front passenger seat cushion and seat back
    • Seat, rear split-folding with armrest, lockable seatback and lockable rear pass-through access door
    • Seats, heated rear outboard seating positions
    • Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable 2-way
    • Console, front floor with shifter, armrest and covered storage
    • Armrest, front center
    • Armrest, rear center with cup holders
    • Cup holders, 2 in front console, 2 in rear armrest
    • Receptacle, power, 110V, located in front center console
    • Power outlets, 3 auxiliary
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Sill plates, illuminated front
    • Steering column, power tilt and telescoping
    • Steering column, lock control
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering wheel, heated rim
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Steering wheel mounted Paddle Shift Controls
    • Pedals, Sport aluminum alloy
    • Head-Up Display
    • Gauge cluster, 12.3" color, reconfigurable high definition cluster with new graphics
    • Instrument cluster, electroluminescent
    • Engine oil indicator
    • Windows, power with front and rear express-up and down with passenger lockout feature
    • Retained accessory power power windows, sunroof (when equipped) and audio system remain operational for 10 minutes after the ignition is switched off or until the driver's door is opened
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Keyless Access, passive entry
    • Adaptive Remote Start
    • Console, overhead includes reading lamps and controls for (UG1) Universal Home Remote, (UE1) OnStar, (DB3) power rear window sunshade (if equipped) and (C3U) UltraView power sunroof (if equipped)
    • Sunshades, manual, rear side windows
    • Sunshade, power, rear window
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Lighting, interior includes glovebox, front cup holders, overhead console, front and rear passenger footwell, map pockets, rear assist handles and cargo area
    • Lighting accent, LED lighting on instrument panel and door
    • Coat hooks, located on rear left and right assist handles
    • Cargo convenience net, trunk
    • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
    • Cruise control, adaptive, full-speed range
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 2.0L Turbo, I4, DI, DOHC, VVT with automatic stop/start (268 hp [200 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 295 lb-ft of torque [400 N-m] @ 3000-4500 rpm)
    • Transmission, 8-speed automatic
    • Keyless ignition, push button start
    • Automatic Start/Stop
    • Rear axle, 3.27 ratio
    • Drivetrain, all-wheel drive
    • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
    • Recovery hook, front or rear location
    • Magnetic Ride Control
    • Suspension, Sport
    • Steering, ZF premium rack-and-pinion, electric
    • Brakes, Brembo front, performance 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Brake, electronic parking
    • Exhaust, dual

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - Yes
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6 x - TBD -
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.4 x - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.7
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 9.0
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LTG
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 2.0L/122
    • Fuel System - SIDI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 268 @ 5600
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 295 @ 3000-4500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 114.60
    • Length, Overall (in) - 195.50
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.20
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.20
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.40
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.70
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.0
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 97.0
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.70
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.90
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.80
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.50
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.40
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.80
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.30
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.2
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.8
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 37.1
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Cadillac CTS Sedan
    • Body Style - 4 Door Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Independent Multi-Link
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RHP
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RHP
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40R18
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M5N
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.62
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.04
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.07
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.66
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.26
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.93
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.27
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.66
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3942
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 8.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

Compare the 2016 Cadillac CTS Sedan

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The rear-wheel-drive Cadillac CTS, now in its third and best generation, plays in a prestigious field, including the Jaguar XF, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The Cadillac holds its own and then some. From its inception, the Cadillac CTS targeted the German sports sedans, and today it might handle better than any car in that class.

New for 2016: revised technology, an 8-speed automatic transmission, an updated V6 engine, and a new CTS-V (reviewed separately). The current-generation CTS was introduced as a 2014 model.

The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 268 horsepower, an engine that’s nicely tuned but still a bit rougher than the same-size mill from BMW. The engine is big enough, because the base CTS isn’t a heavy car, tipping the scales at a neat 3616 pounds. It’s mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission that’s in every model except the V8.

But it’s the 3.6-liter V6 that’s the bread-and-butter engine, a bigger and better fit for the CTS, especially with available all-wheel drive. The 3.6-liter is updated for 2016 to make 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque, and can propel the CTS from zero to 60 in less than six seconds.

Both V6 engines use stop-start technology to garner EPA approval.

There’s also a twin turbo version of that V6, called the Vsport, intended to compete with sports sedans like the Audi S6 and Lexus GS F Sport. It makes 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet torque, uses rear-wheel drive (no AWD available), with paddle shifters for the 8-speed transmission. It’s fitted with 18-inch Pirelli tires (replacing 17-inch), bigger brakes, and a track mode.

Also new for 2016 is the revival of the humongous powerful CTS-V, featuring a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes 640 horsepower.

Other changes for 2016 include Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 360-degree camera system.

The CTS scores well in crash tests, and offers 10 airbags, parking sensors, and a rearview camera as standard equipment. There’s that new 360-degree camera system, along with available collision alerts, adaptive cruise control, cross-traffic alerts, and lane-departure warnings.

Fuel economy for the CTS 2.0-liter is an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon Combined city and highway. The 3.6-liter V6 is rated 24 mpg, the twin-turbo V6 at 19 mpg, and the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 gets a 14 mpg rating.


The 2016 Cadillac CTS ($45,560) comes with rear-wheel drive and is available in Luxury ($51,285), Performance ($56,285), and Premium ($60,685) trim, all with the 2.0-liter engine.

All-wheel drive increases the price by $2000.

The CTS Vsport ($59,995) comes in standard and Premium ($69,995) trim.


Cadillac calls its design theme Art & Science, and the CTS is its best execution so far. We would say it looks like a Mercedes E-Class from the side, but the roofline and C pillar that slopes toward the trunk is better executed.

Elsewhere it’s unmistakably Cadillac, especially in the dark trapezoidal grille with vertical headlamps that blend into the fenders and visually lower the nose. The LED daytime running lamps add to the coolness, as much a signature as the Audi headlamps or Dodge taillamps.


It would not be going too far to call the CTS interior glamorous. The cabin is bathed in a soft and futuristic glow from two screens, a big 8-inch touchscreen and a 5.7-inch monitor between the gauges. On the higher models there’s a 12.3-inch panel that replaces the gauges. It’s more interesting than the Jaguar XF and more radical than the cool-touch German cabins.

Sewn upholstery on the centerstack combines with wood trim on the higher models, and two-tone choices are available. The front seats are highly adjustable and supremely comfortable and supportive. In the rear, there’s less room and seat support than with some of the other cars in the exclusive class, as well as less trunk space.

We’re not too crazy about the driver’s seat that vibrates to warn you of what it thinks is an upcoming lane departure. On one ride in the CTS it downright scared us, and every time it went off, it was a false alarm.

Cadillac’s CUE infotainment system rules the cabin, dramatically and fascinatingly, but not always efficiently. The haptic feedback is inconsistent, and the voice recognition fails half the time, often enough that we resorted to our smartphone for Google Maps for navigation. At least it’s an option, so it can be skipped. For 2016, CUE adds Google Android Auto and Apple Car Play smartphone integration.

It’s Cadillac quiet inside, thanks to a noise cancellation system, although the I4 can sometimes be gruff, and the V6 gets a real exhaust note pumped in through the Bose sound system.

Driving Impressions

The CTS is a poised car, and handles with finesse and a light touch, cutting sharply into the corners without imitating the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E Class. It’s well balanced, with a weight distribution that’s nearly 50-50, and offers superb stability. With its longer wheelbase it’s more supple than the ATS, but it’s almost as agile.

The base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder brings 295 pound-feet of torque to its 268 horsepower, and the torque comes on low and stays strong to 5500 rpm. The new 8-speed automatic improves on the former 6-speed.

Good as the 2.0 turbo is, we would choose the 3.6-liter V6, because it offers a lot more power (335 hp) for only a tiny cost in fuel efficiency. We got a lot of seat time in the V6 models with Magnetic Ride Control (MRC), using shock absorbers containing magnetically charged fluid that stiffens and softens in milliseconds, making the ride smooth as a … well, smooth as a Cadillac one moment and stiff as a sports car the next (when needed). We would call it a must-have upgrade, for track days in the twin-turbo V6 Vsport that brings 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque.

Handling upgrades to that model include a quicker steering ratio, as well as quicker throttle and shifting in its track mode, electronic limited-slip differential, and bigger front brakes. Its grip is fantastic on the 18-inch Pirelli tires. On the track, it blasts carousels and esses, with its piped-in sound track filling the cabin with downshift blips out of the paddle-shifting eight-speed. It’ll do zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds and hit 170 mph. That’s not as powerful as a BMW twin-turbo V8 550i, but the CTS is lighter, at 3616 pounds.


The Cadillac CTS is a winner. Beautiful styling, lovely cabin, and superb balance, handling and ride. Four engines to give you the power to suit your desires. The CUE infotainment system might be a dealbreaker, however.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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As you know, pricing cars is particularly complicated. One of our duties at CarQuotes.com is to help our customers comprehend this process better.

Three important prices we may show on a particular vehicle

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Price is for research purposes only. It reflects a typical, negotiated price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, license and registration, and where applicable, finance charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. The Estimated Target Price is NOT a price quote from CarQuotes.com or any other dealer. If you request a price quote from a dealer via CarQuotes.com displaying an estimated target price, your price may differ.

Invoice is commonly known as the published amount that the dealer paid the manufacturer for the vehicle. This may or may not represent a close relation to the dealer’s actual cost, but can be beneficial as a benchmark. This figure is available on many other web sites however CarQuotes.com adds an estimate of local and regional fees from manufacturer to the dealers to this price, which makes it very close to the actual invoice amount for cars at your local dealer.

MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. This is a proposed price only. For most vehicles, the CarQuotes.com price is below this amount. Some high demand cars may be priced over this amount.

Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.


This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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