2018 Ford Mustang

 
2018 Ford Mustang
 
2018 Ford Mustang
 

2018 Ford Mustang

MSRP 
$26,675
Invoice 
$26,009
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.3 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 310 HP
  • Transmission: Manual (standard)
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The 2018 Mustang may still have one of the most recognizable names in the automotive world, but with its current design, it's far more than just a pretty face and a familiar name. It represents one of the best value propositions for buyers who just want the fastest car for their money. Popularly, there has been a "slow" Mustang and a "fast" Mustang. The current Mustang does away with the slow Mustang. Now there are "fast" Mustang models and "even faster" models. The Mustang starts at under $26,000, a price that undercuts most of its less powerful rivals, such as the Subaru BRZ. Even when optioned out beyond the $40,000 mark, the Mustang still represents a tremendous value.

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What's New For 2018

For 2018, the Ford Mustang receives updated styling to the front and rear, including standard LED headlights. The chassis is now more capable thanks to a retuned suspension, with new shocks and improved stabilizer bars and magnetic dampers now available across the lineup as part of the Performance Pack. Transmissions are upgraded as well, with a new 10-speed automatic optional and the standard 6-speed now sporting a twin-disc clutch. Ford has discontinued the V6 engine, leaving the EcoBoost 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder as the base engine. That unit now has increased torque. Finally, the V8 has increased power, torque and fuel efficiency thanks to direct and port injection, while the GT features an optional 2-mode exhaust system for a throatier sound.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 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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Specifications for 2018 Ford Mustang

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • Restricted Driving Mode
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Streaming Audio
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
    • Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/Single CD Player -inc: 6-speakers and MP3 capability
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" Sparkle Silver-Painted Aluminum
    • Tires: P235/55R17 BSW AS
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Black Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • 6-Way Driver Seat
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
    • 50-50 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Level, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Fixed Rear Windows
    • Leather/Aluminum Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather/Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
    • Cloth Bucket Seats -inc: 4-way manual driver and 2-way manual passenger, driver memory recline and 4-way adjustable front head restraints
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • SYNC Communications & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced voice recognition communications and entertainment system, 4.2" LCD screen in center stack, AppLink, 911 Assist and 2 smart charging USB ports, NOTE: SYNC AppLink lets you control some of your favorite compatible mobile apps w/your voice, It is compatible w/select smartphone platforms, Commands may vary by phone and AppLink software
    • Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
    • Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.3L EcoBoost
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual -inc: reverse lockout pull ring
    • 50-State Emissions
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 3.31 Axle Ratio
    • 60-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 15.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Mechanical Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.5
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 99H
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.3 L/140
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 310 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 350 @ 3000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 320 @ 2500
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 107.1
    • Length, Overall (in) - 188.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 75.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 54.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64.9
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 15.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 4
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 84.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 44.5
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 54.9
    • Second Head Room (in) - 34.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 30.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.2
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 47.4
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25 (Est)
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 21 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29 (Est)
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28 (Est)
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Ford Mustang
    • Body Style - Fastback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Spare Tire Order Code - 66W
    • Front Tire Size - P235/55WR17
    • Front Tire Size - P235/50WR18
    • Front Tire Size - P255/40ZR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/55WR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/50WR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P255/40ZR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 44X
    • Trans Order Code - 44U
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Type - 10
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.24
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.70
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.54
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.98
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.67
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.15
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.24
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.77
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.52
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.70
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.27
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.84
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.87
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.31
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.15
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.55
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.1 (Est)
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.0 (Est)
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.6 (Est)
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3532
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3536
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Front Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Forged Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Ford Mustang Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Ingot Silver Metallic Kona Blue Metallic Lightning Blue Metallic Magnetic Metallic Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat Oxford White Race Red Royal Crimson Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Shadow Black Triple Yellow Tri-Coat
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Kona Blue Metallic
  • Lightning Blue Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • Royal Crimson Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Shadow Black
  • Triple Yellow Tri-Coat

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Introduction

The 2018 Ford Mustang benefits from a major refresh, with significant changes in styling, drivetrain, suspension, and interior. It’s better looking, the V8 is more powerful, the EcoBoost turbo four is improved, and there’s a new 10-speed automatic transmission. The V6 is retired after faithful decades of service.

The Mustang is smarter than ever: more capable, more fun, better balanced, and faster. Styling changes, with redesigned grille and hood, are subtle but make the car striking. The 2018 Mustang draws stares, casual observers noticing something has changed.

The cabin is cleaner, at least the optional upgrade is, and interior materials better. There’s also an optional digital instrument cluster and active exhaust.

The two EcoBoost models use a new 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes a superb 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The two GT models use the brilliant 5.0-liter V8 that now makes 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque (increased from 435 hp and 400 lb ft). With either engine, you can get a six-speed manual transmission, or ten-speed automatic.

Adaptive suspension is available on every model. It uses dampers with magnetic fluid, and allows a driver to set the ride at soft for around-town comfort, or firm for sharp handling. The Mustang is just catching up to the Camaro that’s been using these advanced shocks for years.

The new active exhaust is available on the Mustang GT. Its sound level can be set by the driver. It transforms the car’s character, and makes acceleration fun. We think it’s worth it.

There is a 12-inch digital instrumentation display available on the top two trims. Most of the information is driving data. It’s a beautiful interface, not sprawling like the Audi’s, and the gauges can be configured by the driver, for example shift lights. It’s especially useful with the Track Apps performance package. It’s something that the Camaro and Dodge Challenger don’t have.

The 2.3-liter turbo hardtop with the 10-speed automatic gets 21 mpg city, 32 highway, 25 combined, the convertible gets 2 less mpg. Also 2 mpg less if with the Performance Pack for the engine. The 5.0-liter V-8 with the 10-speed automatic gets 16/25/19 mpg.

Lineup

2018 Mustang comes as Fastback EcoBoost ($25,585), Fastback EcoBoost Premium ($30,600), Fastback GT ($35,095) and Fastback GT Premium ($39,095). (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

The Mustang Convertible doesn’t come with GT trim. The six-speed manual gearbox is standard with all models; the 10-speed automatic is ($1595) extra.

Not to be forgotten is the Shelby GT350 ($55,845).

Standard equipment includes automatic LED headlamps, active noise cancellation, keyless ignition, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-speaker sound system, and rearview camera.

Premium models add heated and cooled front seats, leather seats, Sync 3 infotainment with 8.0-inch touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The new digital instrument cluster is available only with Premium. It’s bundled with navigation, upgraded leather with accent stitching, colored door trim, heated steering wheel, WiFi hotspot, and remote start.

For 2018 there’s also a new Performance Package for both the EcoBoost ($2495) and GT ($3995), adding bigger wheels with grippier tires, firmer suspension, beefier rear differential, enhanced cooling, and Brembo six-piston front brakes. The performance packages don’t include the active suspension with magnetic dampers, which are extra ($1695).

Walkaround

The Mustang was redesigned for 2015, and the change was not universally accepted by Mustang fans. So for 2018 Ford has cleaned things up in the front and rear.

Headlamps, taillamps and bumpers have been tweaked, but more than that, the nose has been lowered, bringing out the shark. Only 20 millimeters, less than one inch, but it makes a striking difference; the car has a presence it didn’t have before. However we’re not sure what this will mean when parking with the nose against curbs. You might want to watch that.

The headlamps are more shapely and more deeply set, which accentuates the nose. New marker lights sit against vertical vents.

New taillamps are subtly angled and arced, making the back look slimmer. Unfortunately the optional spoiler looks like a low-cost aftermarket job, just slapped on. But fortunately, it only comes with the Performance Package, and buyers can tell Ford to keep it. Ford doesn’t even charge extra, for declining this inferior product.

Interior

It’s safe to say that most Mustangs are owned by single people or couples, and for them the seating is great. All three types of bucket front seats work well: the base fabric upholstery, leather and upgraded leather, or Recaro sport seats. They are comfortable around town and supportive in the corners. They’re a bit snug, announcing the car’s preparedness if not intention, but the side bolsters are soft enough to give. And there’s a wide range of adjustment, so even tall drivers have enough headroom and legroom in front.

Don’t expect much from the rear seating. The Mustang is a 2+2, not a four-seat sedan. So the legroom is seriously limited back there. With just 29 inches, it’s less than the Camaro. But at least the two slim seats are supportive, as occupants sink in.

Climbing in and out is a challenge without hitting your head on the roofline, although it’s easier than the Camaro which has even less headroom.

The most fun rear passengers will have is in the convertible, with the top down. It’s a breeze to squeeze in and out standing up, and with infinite headroom, they’ll forget about their cramped knees. So, if rear passengers are part of your lifestyle, consider going topless.

The trunk size is slim, too; so a road trip will fill the trunk and the rear jump seats. But compared to the Camaro, the Mustang’s trunk is massive: 13.5 cubic feet vs 9.1 cu ft. Comparing convertibles, it’s Mustang 11.4 v Camaro 7.2. However when you bring in the Dodge Challenger hardtop, its 16.2 cubic feet blows the Mustang away.

The Mustang came back in 2005 as retro, but Ford went too far retro with the cabin. Primitive ugly instrumentation and hard plastics. It got better with the 2015 refresh, but for 2018 disappointments remain. Despite handsome fabric or leather inserts, the upper doors feel cheap and hollow. The center console has premium elements around the shifter, but still is the same story as the doors.

The centerstack has a nice design, and the Premium model features sweet toggle switches. The plastic background looks perfectly like machined aluminum. Carbon-fiber is available that replaces the plastic with carbon-fiber galore, on the instrument panel, doors, spreading onto the gearshift knob. Curiously, it’s not available with the digital dash panel or available Recaro seats.

The cabin improvements are all on the options list. The Equipment Package makes it classier. Upgraded leather comes in basic black, red, or cool black with blue piping. It also adds heated and cooled front seats, Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The optional digital instrument panel comes only with the Premium trim. It’s on the driver’s side and is focused on driving information. With programmable gauges, it gives an upscale air to the cabin, over the basic analog gauges.

Driving Impressions

The performance of the 2018 Mustang is more complete and compelling than it’s ever been. Not only for the new power and available active magnetic suspension, but also for its stout brakes and steering rack that’s weighted just right.

They used to call the V6 Mustang a chick’s car, with its lower power output, and it was a favorite of young women. Now with the V6 gone, will the EcoBoost twin-turbo continue to be a chick’s car? They won’t have to say it’s only a V6, they can boast that it’s a twin-turbo. No question twin turbo sounds hotter than V6.

The base 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine gets more torque, making it easier to drive because torque means grunt, responsiveness. Ford engineers learned a lot from the Focus RS with its same-sized engine. The horsepower remains the same, at an awesome 310; but the torque blasts up from 320 to 350 foot-pounds. Picture secretaries doing burnouts.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission is the result of a joint project between Ford and General Motors. The 10-speed has worked in the Ford F-150, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and GM’s full-size SUVs.

With the 2.3-liter engine, the upshifts and downshifts are crisp and predictable, and not just when the car is set in a sporty or performance driving mode, but even when it’s in the normal driving mode.

But the 10-speed transmission doesn’t work with the 5.0-liter twin-cam V8 engine, which revs quickly and has so much power. Or at least the programming in the GT model we drove during our test drive in Southern California wasn’t right. It felt like there’s just too much engine for the 10-speed to handle. During our seat time, the transmission seemed to get confused, and was sometimes slow to respond.

We drove a Mustang with both the Performance Package and Magnetic Ride Control, features that theoretically make it the most agile and composed Mustang ever built. In Sport mode, the dampers stiffen to produce handling that’s sharp and steady even on rough roads, forgiving in terms of balance, predictable, composed. It’s much advanced over the old solid rear axle.

When the dampers are set to their softest mode, and the exhaust system to its quietest tuning, the Mustang feels like a grand touring car.

The staggering Shelby GT350 uses a 5.2-liter V8 and the magnetic-damper suspension. It’s a bit brittle on the street; it belongs on the track. See Motor Authority’s first drive of the Ford Shelby GT350.

The GT with its V8 can accelerate from zero to sixty in less than four seconds, a stunning performance at its low price point. The active exhaust system makes it downright charming. You can tune the exhaust as easy as you turn up the volume on your TV. From almost silent, to the deep base of a V8 rumble, to a menacing bellow.

And last but not least you can do flawless burnouts at the push of a button and press of a pedal, thanks to Ford’s hilarious electronic line lock, standard equipment.

Driving Impressions

The Mustang with the new 10-speed automatic and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine deliver strong power and torque in a four-cylinder. For sportiness and driving fun, a Mustang GT with the V8 and six-speed manual is a killer car for the money.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with driving impressions by The Car Connection staff.

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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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