2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
  • 2016
  • Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

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  • Starting MSRP : $85,990
2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 21 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 6.2L Supercharged Gas V8, 640 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear 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

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Additional Equipment
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Unselected includes (CJ4) tri-zone automatic climate control, (AM9) rear split-folding seat with armrest, (KA6) heated rear seats, (DB3) rear window power sunshade, (DE8) rear side window manual sunshades and (KI6) 110V power receptacle
(Included With (Pci) Crystal White Frost Limited Edition Package.)
$1,408 $1,600
Unselected includes (UTR) additional shielded theft-deterrent alarm system, (UTU) vehicle inclination tilt sensor, (ULS) steering column lock, (PB4) locking wheel lugs and (AKI) laminated glass rear door windows
(Requires (Y40) Luxury Package.)
$524 $595
Unselected includes Carbon Fiber hood vent, spoiler, front splitter and rear diffuser
(Included With (Pci) Crystal White Frost Limited Edition Package. Not Available With (C43) Base Splitter (No Charge) Or (R6g) No Splitter.)
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$5,500 $6,250
Unselected includes (VAV) Premium all-weather floor mats, LPO and (VLI) Premium all-weather cargo mat, LPO
(Not Available With (Pcn) Summer/Winter Mat Package, Lpo.)
$198 $225
Unselected includes (VAV) Premium all-weather floor mats, LPO and (VYW) Premium carpeted floor mats, LPO
(Not Available With (Pdh) All-Weather Mat Protection Package, Lpo.)
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(Included And Only Available When (Y61) Advanced Security Package Is Ordered.)
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(Requires (Yf5) California State Emissions Requirements Or (Ne1) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont Or Washington State Emissions Requirements.)
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(Upgradeable To (Q8n) 19" X 9.5" Front, 19" X 10" Rear, Polished Finish Alloy Wheels With Midnight Silver Painted Pockets Or (Q8o) 19" X 9.5" Front, 19" X 10" Rear, After Midnight Premium Painted Finish Alloy Wheels.)
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Specifications for 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Traction control, all-speed, brake and engine controlled
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • Daytime running lamps
    • 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.ca for coverage map, 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
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • 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
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Automatic Safety Belt Tightening
    • Child seat restraint system
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Cadillac CUE Information and Media Control System with Embedded Navigation AM/FM stereo with embedded navigation, 8" diagonal color information display, three USB ports, auxiliary input jack, Natural Voice Recognition and Phone Integration for Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
    • Audio system feature, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound 13-speaker system includes Active Noise Cancellation
    • 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 listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew 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
    • 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.)
    • Antenna, integral front and rear
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 19" x 9.5" (45.7 cm x 24.1 cm) front, 19" x 10" (45.7 cm x 25.4 cm) rear, premium painted alloy (Upgradeable to (Q8N) 19" x 9.5" front, 19" x 10" rear, polished finish alloy wheels with Midnight Silver painted pockets or (Q8O) 19" x 9.5" front, 19" x 10" rear, After Midnight premium painted finish alloy wheels.)
    • Tires, P265/35R19 front, P295/30ZR19 rear, summer-only (Lower profile tires wear faster. Wheel and tire damage may occur on rough or damaged roads or from surfaces or from curbs, debris or obstacles. This damage is not covered by the GM New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Do not use summer-only tires in winter conditions, as it would adversely affect vehicle safety, performance and durability. Use only GM-Approved tire and wheel combinations. Unapproved combinations may change the vehicle's performance characteristics. For important tire and wheel information, go to cadillac.com/owners/accessories.html or see your dealer.)
    • Tire inflation kit
    • Headlamps, high intensity discharge
    • Headlamps, IntelliBeam
    • Lamp marker, reflex, front side
    • Tail lamps, LED illumination
    • 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
    • CurbView Camera
    • Glass, windshield, solar absorbing
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated, front doors
    • Wipers, front intermittent, Rainsense
    • Door handles, illuminated
    • Automatic Parking Assist includes front, rear, parallel and perpendicular parking assist
  • Interior Features
    • Trunk release, power
    • Theft-deterrent alarm system, with vehicle immobilizer
    • Climate control, dual-zone automatic
    • Air filtration system
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Glovebox, lockable
    • Headliner, sueded microfiber
    • 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 (Upgradeable to (W2E) Recaro performance seats. Requires interior color (HG2) Jet Black with Saffron accents, (HG3) Jet Black with Jet Black accents or (HG7) Light Platinum with Jet Black accents.)
    • Seat trim, leather with sueded microfiber inserts and seatbacks
    • 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 ((W2E) Recaro performance seats do not include manual thigh support.)
    • Seat adjusters, front passenger includes manual cushion length adjustment and power side bolster adjustment ((W2E) Recaro performance seats do not include manual thigh support.)
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seats, ventilated driver and front passenger seat cushion and seat back (Requires (AE4) 20-way performance front bucket seats.)
    • Seat, rear fixed seat-back with armrest and lockable rear pass-through access door
    • Console, front floor with 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, 2 auxiliary
    • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
    • Sill plates, illuminated front, V badged
    • Steering column, power tilt and telescoping
    • Steering wheel, leather, sport
    • Steering wheel, heated rim
    • Steering wheel mounted Paddle Shift Controls
    • Pedals, sport alloy
    • Head-Up Display
    • Gauge cluster, 12.3" color, reconfigurable with color Driver Information Center with a V specific display layout
    • Windows, power with front and rear express-up and down with passenger lockout feature
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Keyless Access, passive entry
    • Adaptive Remote Start
    • Universal Home Remote
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed, and with 1 mph and 5 mph increment adjustment
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming, frameless
    • Console, overhead
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered
    • 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
    • Cargo convenience net, trunk
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 6.2L (376 ci) supercharged V8 DI Variable Valve Timing (VVT) aluminum with Active Fuel Management (640 hp [477.2 kW] @ 6400 rpm, 630 lb-ft of torque [854.2 N-m] @ 3600 rpm)
    • Transmission, 8-speed automatic
    • Keyless ignition, push button start
    • Hill Start Assist
    • Differential, electronic limited slip
    • Performance Traction Management
    • Rear axle, 2.85 ratio
    • Rear-wheel drive
    • Cooling system, extra capacity
    • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
    • Recovery hook, front
    • Magnetic Ride Control
    • Suspension, Performance
    • Steering, ZF premium rack-and-pinion, electric
    • Brakes, performance 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with auto dry (Vehicles equipped with these linings will experience faster accumulation of brake dust on wheel surfaces and may produce more noise than with standard linings.)
    • Calipers, Gray Brembo (Upgradeable to (J6F) Red Brembo calipers or (J6J) Dark Gold Brembo calipers.)
    • Brake linings, performance (Vehicles equipped with these linings will experience faster accumulation of brake dust on wheel surfaces and may produce more noise than with standard linings.)
    • Brake, electronic parking
    • Exhaust, stainless steel quad
    • Fuel filler door, remote locking

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 15.35 x 1.41
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.37 x 1.10
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.7
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 11.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LT4
    • Engine Type - Supercharged Gas V8
    • Displacement - 6.2L/376
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 640 @ 6400
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 630 @ 3600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 114.60
    • Length, Overall (in) - 197.60
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 72.20
    • Height, Overall (in) - 57.20
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.10
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.20
    • 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
    • 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) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 14
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 21
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Rack & Pinion
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 11.2 - 15.5
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.37
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.3
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Cadillac CTS-V Sedan
    • Body Style - 4 Door Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Independent Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Magnetic Ride Control
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Magnetic Ride Control
    • 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 - R64
    • Rear Tire Order Code - R64
    • Front Tire Size - P265/35R19
    • Rear Tire Size - P295/30ZR19
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M5U
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/Manual Shift
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.56
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.97
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.08
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.69
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.27
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.82
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.85
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.65
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 3
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4134
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 9.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 x 10
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan Photos & Colors


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  • Black Raven Crystal White Frost Crystal White Tricoat Phantom Gray Metallic Radiant Silver Metallic Red Obsession Tintcoat Stellar Black Metallic
  • Black Raven
  • Crystal White Frost
  • Crystal White Tricoat
  • Phantom Gray Metallic
  • Radiant Silver Metallic
  • Red Obsession Tintcoat
  • Stellar Black Metallic

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The biggest and best Cadillac news for 2016 is the revival of the epic CTS-V, with its chart-busting supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine from the Corvette ZO6, making 640 horsepower and blowing the skivvies off (in a good way) anyone who gets behind the wheel. It’s built out of the more civilized CTS.

For starters, the CTS-V chassis is 20 percent stiffer than that of a standard CTS, from bracing in key places to handle the forces from all that horsepower. Naturally, the springs and dampers are stiffer, and it uses the wondrous Magnetic Ride Control suspension from the Corvette. It’s fitted with big Brembo brakes to slow it down from a top speed of 200 miles per hour, and 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that do a good job of gripping the road in corners, and a futile job of holding back the horsepower if you floor it. Try zero to sixty in 3.7 seconds. Now pull your eyeballs back out of their sockets.

Body changes include a carbon fiber hood, and unique bumpers front and rear, with a splitter under the front bumper to direct airflow for more cooling and downforce. Flared fenders make room for the fat tires, and aerodynamics are improved with edgy rocker panels and a rear spoiler.

At 4145 pounds, it’s 200 pounds lighter than the BMW M5. Is it better than the M5 or M6 on the track? We think so, but maybe you should ask Johnny O’Connell, who won the GT championship in the Pirelli World Challenge in his Cadillac, in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The new CTS-V hasn’t been fully crash-tested, but it did get five stars from the NHTSA in side-impact and rollover tests, while the CTS got top ratings from the IIHS and five stars in every category from the NHTSA.

As for fuel mileage, its estimated 21 miles per gallon on the highway is quite impressive, a statement about today’s technology. But it could be half that and it probably wouldn’t deter buyers.


The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V ($83,995) comes loaded with leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, and is near the top of the CTS range in terms of trim.


The Cadillac Art and Science design theme is employed here, but it’s also apparent that this is not your standard CTS. It’s got beef, it’s got brawn. It’s not for everyone. That’s the point.

Still, the CTS-V is clearly a Cadillac. The black trapezoidal grille and vertical headlamps blend into the fat fenders and nose with its splitter that nearly scrapes the ground, while the big spoiler gives it the character of a hot-rod Cadillac.

A carbon fiber option package brings a bigger front splitter, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and hood vent trim, all in showy, functional, woven carbon fiber.


Compared to the exterior and what’s under the hood, the cabin is understated, in an aggressive and educated sort of way. It’s basically the same as the luxury CTS, bathed in a soft and futuristic glow from two screens, a big 8-inch touchscreen and a 5.7-inch monitor between the gauges. Lots of chrome on the instrument panel, which is certainly more interesting than the Dodge Hellcat, and bolder than the German sports sedans.

The CTS-V doesn’t forget its tradition, as it includes the latest high technology, problematic though it might be. The CUE infotainment system does navigation, music, phone integration, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but not without complaints. The haptic feedback is inconsistent, and the voice recognition fails half the time. There’s also OnStar 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot, wireless phone charging, Siri voice text, and an available Performance Data Recorder for track days.

There’s wood trim and stitched leather. The front seats are highly adjustable and very supportive, although we could do without the option that tightens the side bolsters when sensors feel a hard corner coming on; being goosed steals your concentration every time, when you need it for the corner.

Cadillac calls the CTS a 2+2, not a full sedan, so in the rear there’s less room and seat support than with some of the other cars this size, as well as less trunk space.

Driving Impressions

The supercharged 6.2-liter V8’s 640 horsepower is matched by 630 pound-feet of torque, a bit less than the Corvette Z06 because of the exhaust system, but other than the oil pan, they’re identical engines.

Mated to the engine is a strong and smooth 8-speed automatic transmission, designed and built by GM, also used by the ZO6 where it’s mounted as a rear transaxle; in the CTS-V its layout is longitudinal. There’s no 6-speed manual gearbox available. It might not be missed. The paddle-shifting 8-speed automatic is very quick, upshifting faster than most twin-clutch auto-manual racing-type transmissions. If you must have a manual, look at the smaller Cadillac ATS-V.

To handle the power the chassis is made more rigid with shock tower braces, a stronger rocker bulkhead, V-braces in the engine compartment, an aluminum shear panel at the front of the chassis, and a brace tying together the upper tie bar and rear bumper.

The rear suspension uses five links and the front suspension multi links with double-pivot McPherson struts. The Magnetic Ride Control system uses dampers containing magnetically charged particles in the oil that can adjust the shock stiffness a phenomenal 1000 times per second, as told by computer-linked sensors. This is the third generation for the MRC system, and that’s 40 percent faster than before. The upshot of all this sensing and speed is that your CTS-V will have the right chassis setup for every foot of your driving, whether patchy city pavement or ripply high-speed sweepers, or a smooth racing circuit on a track day.

The ride isn’t adversely affected by the big wide Michelin tires, other than the fact that there’s treacherously little grip if you get caught in snow or ice. They’re 19 inches in diameter, and 9.5 inches wide in front, 10.5 inches wide in the rear. On dry pavement, they grip the road fiercely; the CTS-V can corner at nearly 1g. The tires also allow good feedback to the river, working with the latest German ZF Servotronic II variable-ratio electric power steering system that’s 14 percent more firm than before.

The acceleration is neck-snapping and effectively endless, because it gets to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and doesn’t stop until the car hits 200 miles per hour. That’s where the big Brembo brakes come in, because they work. Even the racing car that Johnny O’Connell drives uses a version of the Brembos that isn’t that much different than those on the road car.


The Cadillac CTS-V is a stunning achievement in a class of cars that rules the world, with entries from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, Lexus and Bentley. It’s not cheap but it’s unique. Nary a flaw in the looks, powertrain and dynamics. If only the Cue infotainment system were as clean as the rest of the car.

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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.


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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