2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan

 
 
2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan
 

2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan

MSRP 
$47,490
Invoice 
$46,094
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 30 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0L Turbo Gas I4, 268 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • 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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Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Wheels.)
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Not Available With (Sfe) Wheel Locks, Lpo Or Any Other Wheels.)
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$249 $280
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Specifications for 2018 Cadillac CTS Sedan

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • Daytime running lamps, LED
    • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic
    • 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 minutes) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Not all vehicles may transmit all crash data.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years includes select vehicle mobile app features, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Teen Driver mode a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. An in-vehicle report gives you information on your teen's driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
    • Fuel filler door, remote locking
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • 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
    • Cadillac user experience AM/FM stereo with 8" diagonal color information display, three USB ports, personalized profiles for each driver's settings, Enhanced Voice Recognition, Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phone, Collection and Teen Driver (Upgradeable to (IOT) Cadillac User Experience with Embedded Navigation when (Y44) Seating Package is ordered.)
    • Audio system feature, Bose premium surround sound 11-speaker system includes Active Noise Cancellation
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio enjoy a 3-month trial (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.)
    • Bluetooth for phone/audio uplevel phone/audio with Natural Voice Recognition
    • Wireless Charging (The system wirelessly charges one PMA- or Qi- compatible mobile device. To check for phone or other device compatibility, see my.cadillac.com/learn.)
    • OnStar 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 3 months or 3GB (whichever comes first) (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Antenna, integral front and rear
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 17" x 8.5" (43.2cm x 21.6cm) 10-spoke painted alloy
    • Tires, P245/45R17 all-season, blackwall, run-flat (Lower profile tires damage more easily; especially on rough roads. Damage is not covered under warranty. For more details, go to my.cadillac.com/learnAbout/cadillactires or see your dealer.)
    • Grille, active aero
    • Headlamps, projector type halogen includes flash-to-pass and Twilight Sentinel
    • Lamp marker, reflex, front side
    • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Mirrors, outside heated power adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
    • Glass, solar absorbing, windshield
    • Glass, Solar-Ray
    • Windows, laminated glass, front side
    • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat adjusters, driver and front passenger 8-way power plus 2-way power lumbar, plus 4-way manual adjustable head restraints
    • Seat, rear fixed seat-back with armrest and lockable rear pass-through access door (Upgradeable to (AM9) split-folding rear seat when (Y44) Seating Package is ordered.)
    • Seat trim, Leatherette
    • 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
    • Power outlets, 3 auxiliary
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Steering column, manual rake and telescoping
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted controls for audio, phone and cruise
    • Steering wheel mounted Paddle Shift Controls
    • Gauge cluster, 5.7" color display includes driver personalization, warning messages and vehicle information
    • 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
    • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, and with 1 mph and 5 mph increment adjustment
    • Trunk release, power, remote
    • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle with immobilizer
    • Climate control, dual-zone automatic
    • Air filtration system
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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
    • Coat hooks, located on rear left and right assist handles
    • Cargo convenience net, trunk
  • 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, 2.85 ratio
    • Drivetrain, rear-wheel drive
    • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
    • Recovery hook, front or rear location
    • 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 -
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.6 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) - 114.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 195.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.2
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.7
    • 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) - 40.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.9
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.8
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.3
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 30
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.5
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.6
    • 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 - RHN
    • Front Tire Order Code - RHS
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RHN
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RHS
    • Front Tire Size - P245/45R17
    • Front Tire Size - P255/35R19
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/45R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P255/35R19
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M5N
    • Trans Type - 8
    • 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) - 2.85
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.66
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3652
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 8.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 8.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

The 2018 Cadillac CTS begins the fifth year of its generation, after being revised for 2017, outside and in, plus tech upgrades. For 2018, CTS gets an available automatic heated steering wheel. Otherwise, it carries over unchanged.

The CTS holds its own, at the least, when compared to German sedans like the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. It blows them out of the water in looks, with its sharp creases and stunning LED lighting. It shares its platform with the smaller Cadillac ATS; the CTS came first, so the ATS is more efficiently packaged. In return, the ATS has shown the CTS how to handle like a smaller car.

The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 268 horsepower; it accelerates from zero to sixty in about six seconds, which is nearly as quick as the bigger engine, a smooth 3.6-liter V6 making 335 horsepower. Whose fuel mileage of 24 miles per gallon Combined city and highway EPA rating is nearly as good as the four-cylinder’s 25 mpg Combined. So the four-cylinder turbo is almost as fast and almost as thirsty as the normally aspirated V6.

The third choice is the CTS V-Sport, with its twin-turbo V6 making 420 horsepower and blasting from zero to sixty in 4.7 seconds. It rates just 18 miles per gallon.

There is one transmission, a paddle-shifting eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available.

A separate model is the awesome and other-worldly CTS-V, using the Corvette Z06 engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 making 640 horsepower and 630 concrete-ripping foot pounds of torque. The CTS-V uses a lot of carbon fiber. Zero to sixty is 3.7 seconds. What else do you need to know?

Lineup

CTS ($46,295) comes standard with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, leatherette (vinyl) upholstery, CUE infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, 11-speaker Bose audio, 10-way power front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking assist, and 17-inch wheels.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive ($2000) is available for all models. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

CTS Luxury ($51,995) adds leather upholstery, HID headlights, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, and panoramic sunroof.

CTS Premium Luxury with V6 engine ($59,495) upgrades with a rearview camera, surround-view cameras, head-up display, 18-inch wheels, parking assist, tri-zone climate control, heated rear seats, and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster.

CTS V-Sport ($60,995) comes with a 420-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, along with Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and 18-inch wheels. Premium ($71,095) upgrades further with 20-way power front seats, reconfigurable gauge cluster, aluminum pedals, adaptive cruise control, and front/rear automatic braking.

CTS-V ($86,000) features a Corvette engine and Nurburgring handling.

Walkaround

The CTS, maybe best if not longest, embodies Cadillac’s iconic design theme called Art and Science. It might just as well be called Angle and Edge, it does those things so well. It isn’t unanimously loved, but who is?

Last year the midsize luxury sedan got a new grille and headlamps that fit into the fenders in a way that visually lowers the nose. At the rear, tall taillamps are stacked on vertical exhaust tips.

There is a Carbon Black appearance package.

Speaking of carbon, the hood and bumpers on the CTS-V are carbon fiber. The fenders are fat, to fit the fat tires.

Interior

The CTS cabin is handsome. On the Luxury Premium model, the stitched leather upholstery and real wood trim feel right together. Incongruously, a giant 12.3-inch screen replaces real gauges, making the dashboard look futuristic on this model.

The front seats are exceptionally comfortable; wide, deep and not too soft. Ready for journeys, long hours in the saddle. If you think you’ll need to adjust them 20 ways, and not just 10, that option is available.

The sloping roofline and thick pillars make passengers duck their heads, when climbing into the rear. But there’s comfortable space back and good headroom back there, even with high rear cushions.

The trunk holds 13.7 cubic feet, less than bountiful for a midsize sedan.

Active noise cancellation helps keep the sounds of the engine out of the cabin.

Driving Impressions

Confidence, poise, and good as the Germans, that’s how the CTS rolls.

The base 2.0 turbo has haste about it. It is possible to make the engine strain, but that’s beating the tar out of it. It’s strong enough that the V6 doesn’t look so great, for the extra cost. The V6 brings 335 horsepower v 268 hp in the turbo four, but 268 is plenty to get you down the freeway with the front-runners.

The V6 might be the choice for long-distance driving, with its longer legs. Its handling and response are progressive and predictable, and it only gets one less mile per gallon.

If that’s not enough, the V-Sport model offers the 420-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Now you know you have an engine under the hood, not an invisible effective powerplant. The v-sport also gets including quicker steering, bigger front brakes, 18-inch wheels with wide Pirelli tires, and of course a track mode.

Cadillac’s eight-speed automatic transmission deserves high praise in any model. In the CTS-V there’s a beefed-up version to handle the massive horsepower. It’s quicker and even smoother than in the other models.

The available Magnetic Ride Control suspension uses dampers filled with magnetically charged fluid; in a matter of milliseconds, the system can stiffen or soften the dampers. GM’s magnetic dampers, used in other models, are correctly hailed for being consistent and effective, forgiving but never soft or floaty.

Last but for sure not least, the CTS-V is the ultimate American hot rod, true blue to its roots, all of them. You can not buy a car like this anywhere else. A beautiful forward-looking Cadillac sedan that handles like it was developed on the Nurburgring which it was, using a Corvette Z06 engine, a 6.2-liter supercharged pushrod V8 pumping out 640 horsepower and 630 pound feet of torque, pushing it from zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds and to a top speed of God only knows.

Summary

The CTS is strongest and most special at the bottom and top of its lineup. Great looks, great cabin comfort, perfect eight-speed automatic no matter what, but it’s about the engines. Base 2.0-liter turbo four gives up little to the non-turbo V6. If you must have more, skip to the twin-turbo V6. Top of the line, the strongest and most special: the CTS-V. It’s one of a kind, and a bargain given its performance capabilities.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports from The Car Connection.

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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.

Options

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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