2015 GMC Canyon

 
 
2015 GMC Canyon
 

2015 GMC Canyon

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$21,880
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$22,194
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5L Gas I4, 200 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 4
  • Doors: 2

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 100,000 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 2015 GMC Canyon

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control, electronic
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger and head-curtain and seat-mounted side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions with 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.)
    • Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guide lines
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system feature, USB port, located on instrument panel
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, 4.2" Diagonal Color Display, AM/FM stereo with USB port and auxiliary jack
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" x 7" (40.6 cm x 17.8 cm) Ultra Silver Metallic cast aluminum
    • Tires, P265/70R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Pickup box
    • Tire, compact spare T175/80R18, blackwall
    • Wheel, spare, 18" x 4.5" (45.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Black cast aluminum
    • Bumper, rear chrome
    • CornerStep, rear bumper
    • Moldings, Black beltline
    • Headlamps, projector-type with LED signature
    • Lighting, cargo box
    • Mirrors, outside remote with manual-folding, Black
    • Glass, windshield shade band
    • Handles, door release, front and rear, Jet Black
    • Door handles, Black
    • Tailgate, locking
    • Tailgate handle, Black
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power with manual recline
    • Seat adjuster, passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft with manual recline
    • Seat delete, rear
    • Console, floor, front compartment, custom
    • Floor covering, full-length Black vinyl
    • Steering wheel, urethane
    • Steering column, Tilt-Wheel, manual
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, one color
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
    • Theft-deterrent system, immobilization
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual climate control
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger with passenger covered vanity mirror
    • Lighting, interior, center dome
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 2.5L I4, DI, DOHC, VVT (200 hp [149.0 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [259 N-m] @ 4400 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed manual
    • Rear axle, 4.10 ratio
    • GVWR, 5400 lbs. (2449 kg)
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Frame, fully-boxed
    • Steering, electric power-assist
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc

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) - 12.2 x 1.0
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8 x 0.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 74.00
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 57.80
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 44.40
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Tailgate Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume (ft³) - 49.90
    • Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 14.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Watts - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LCV
    • Engine Type - Gas I4
    • Displacement - 2.5L/150
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 200 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 191 @ 4400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 128.30
    • Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) - 212.40
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.30
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.40
    • Overhang, Front (in) - 36.90
    • Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - 47.20
    • Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) - - TBD -
    • Cab to Axle (in) - 35.60
    • Cab to End of Frame (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 34.20
    • Ground to Top of Frame (in) - - TBD -
    • Frame Width, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.40
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.40
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21
    • Fuel Tank Location - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.00
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.50
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.00
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.70
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 28.60
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.30
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.20
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - - TBD -
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 41.3
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - GMC Canyon
    • Body Style - Extended Cab Pickup
    • Body Code - E63
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear - 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Front - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Rear - - TBD -
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 4.10
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QJJ
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QJJ
    • Spare Tire Order Code - QDC
    • Front Tire Size - P265/70R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/70R16
    • Spare Tire Size - T175/80R18
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - - TBD -
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - N8D
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.47
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.46
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.47
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.03
    • Transfer Case Model - N/A
  • Vehicle Features
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 2
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.1
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 2900
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 3300
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 5400
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 4.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Aluminum

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Introduction

All-new, the 2015 GMC Canyon is a scaled down Sierra offering two engines, two cabs and two bed lengths. The percentage lower or smaller than the Sierra depends on what you're measuring and there is overlap between Canyon and Sierra Regular Cab and Double Cab in terms of cost, power, dimensions, and capacity.

Once just a Chevrolet Colorado with ruby red badges, the 2015 GMC Canyon is no longer a duplicate Colorado. Beyond doors and roof it has its own sheetmetal, lamps, wheels and grille. Four-wheel drive versions of the Canyon use Autotrac that allows on-pavement all-wheel drive for inclement weather, which Colorado does not have. Canyon costs more than Colorado because it has standard equipment Colorado doesn't have, and GMC's Pro Grade includes routine maintenance.

The 2015 GMC Canyon does everything you expect in a mid-size pickup. It can carry up to 1620 pounds of people or cargo (more than some full-size pickups), tow up to 7,000 pounds and, like competitors, can slide 4x8 building materials into the bed though they'll hang out the back and won't lay flat on the floor. Every Canyon except 2WD automatics can be flat-towed as a motorhome dinghy, but no model is rated for snow-plow use.

Basic power is a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, the other choice a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Unlike competitors and GM full-size pickups that favor torque over horsepower, these engines need lots of revs for full power, but lineage to GM cars like Cadillac means they are fairly refined.

Interiors are quite refined for mid-size trucks and very quiet. Modern voice-control infotainment systems, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and active safety systems lead the technology list, and almost anything you can get in a family sedan save power reclining seats is available.

The Extended Cab has two-plus-two seating with kid-size rear seats and a 6-foot, 2-inch pickup box. Its clamshell doors make the Extended Cab the easiest for loading awkward items or to have Rover hop in the rear seat.

The Crew Cab has a bench rear seat for three with legroom and headroom similar to mid-cab models of full-size pickups. Crew Cabs uses four conventional doors. Crew Cab comes with 5-foot, 2-inch and 6-foot, 2-inch box lengths.

GMC Canyon SL models are very basic with few options, destined for fleet managers and high-school budgets bent on customizing. Realistically anticipate most trimmed in the high-$20,000 to high-$30,000 range, and capable of exceeding $40,000 without checking too many boxes.

With most GMC Canyon models not far apart from a Sierra V6 Regular Cab or Double Cab in terms of load or towing capacity, maneuverability, fuel economy and how much garage space they need, your decision will come down to seating configurations and whether you prefer to spend your money on bigger-is-better or goodies and gadgets. After all, most full-size half-ton owners don't use anywhere near their trucks' maximum load or towing capacity, so if your needs fit into a Canyon, is bigger really better?

Lineup

The 2015 GMC Canyon comes as an Extended Cab with 6-foot, 2-inch box or a Crew Cab with 5-foot, 2-inch or 6-foot, 2-inch box. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is standard on all Extended Cabs and 2WD Crew Cab short box, a 3.6-liter V6 optional on all but Canyon SL and the V6 is standard on Crew Cab 4WD and all Crew Cab long box. All but 2WD Extended Cab have a 6-speed automatic, the former being equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Canyon SL ($20,955) is 2WD, four-cylinder, manual transmission only with no rear seats. It includes vinyl upholstery and floor, air conditioning, backup camera, power driver seat cushion, tilt steering wheel, power windows, chrome rear corner-step bumper, locking tailgate, compact spare tire, 16-inch steel wheels, floor console and 4.2-inch display 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with aux and USB ports. The sole notable option is an engine block heater.

Base Canyon ($22,650) trim offers 2WD or 4WD ($27,935) with a 6-speed manual on 2WD, automatic optional ($650). Canyon improves on SL with cloth upholstery, carpeting, floor mats, rear seats with storage underneath (folding on Crew cab). Canyon offers many options: V6 engine ($1,220); OnStar basic or 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot; Convenience Package ($590) with cruise control, remote keyless entry, unauthorized entry theft-deterrent, EZ-lift and lower tailgate, rear window defroster; IntelliLink with 4.2-inch color screen, Bluetooth, Pandora and voice control; full-size spare; locking differential ($325); spray-in bedliner; 17-inch aluminum wheels, and trailer package (V6 only).

Canyon SLE ($26,595) adds to Canyon with 8-inch screen, IntelliLink with SiriusXM, overhead console, leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls, reading lights, OnStar, body-color power mirrors, auto-dimming inside mirror, the Convenience Package, sliding sun visors, wide-angle driver side mirror and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Options include Bose audio system ($500) with seven speakers; navigation system with color monitor, IntelliLink smartphone integration, USB, voice-activated, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio port ($495); power lumbar adjustment, heated front seats, fog lamps, full-size spare, spray-in bedliner, locking differential, and trailer package (V6 only). Also available are forward collision and lane departure warning and an All-Terrain Package (locking differential, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, heated black/red cloth front seats with 4-way power cushions and lumbar, body-color rear bumper, and transfer-case skidplate), but you can't get the safety warnings and All-Terrain together. Canyon SLE Extended Cab is available with 4WD ($31,145). Canyon SLE Crew Cab comes with 2WD short-wheelbase ($28,535), 2WD LWB ($30,055), 4WD SWB ($34,010), 4WD LWB ($34,310).

Canyon SLT ($29,730) is the top trim with leather, climate control, heated front seats and mirrors, remote start, four-way power passenger seat, fog lamps, locking differential, EZ-lift and lower tailgate, full-size spare and 18-inch wheels. Options include forward collision/lane departure warnings, navigation, Bose sound, trailer package, engine block heater and spray-in bedliner. Canyon SLT Extended Cab is also available with 4WD ($33,855). Canyon SLT Crew Cab comes in 2WD SWB ($31,650), 2WD LWB ($33,420), 4WD SWB ($36,950), 4WD LWB ($37,250).

A variety of bed racks and cargo retention systems are available through GM Accessories under the GearOn name, many of which can be included in financing and warranty.

Safety features on all Cayon models include dual frontal airbags, dual front side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags front and rear, engine immobilizer, daytime running lights, tire pressure monitors, electronic stability control and a rear view camera. Upgrades include OnStar and forward collision/lane departure warnings.

Walkaround

Unlike its stablemate, the Chevrolet Colorado with which it shares door panels and roof, the GMC Canyon looks very much like the GMC Sierra full-size pickup. Yes, there's more rake to the profile and near-horizontal design elements and the tail lights appear as much Yukon as Sierra, but the rest could have be done on a 3D printer set to copy at 90 percent.

This is the most formal mid-size truck, more ready for a night on the town than a day on the trail. LED running lamps, projector headlamps and a big chrome three-bar grille mirror other GMC vehicles, and the upsweep in panels isn't really apparent until you stand next to the chest-high tailgate.

That tailgate comes with a lock and backup camera as standard, and most have assists that make them easy to close and not drop with a bang when you open them. The bumper has a step in each corner (and a hand grab in the top of the bed rail), and 4- and 7-pin plugs next to license plate if you get the trailer package.

Tailgate opening width is 55 inches so some quads, dirt bikes or small watercraft will fit. It is almost 21 inches deep but most adults can reach over the rail to the bottom. 4x8 sheets won't fit flat on the floor but molded bed panels fit cross-boards to lay some flat over the wheel arches; with the tailgate down in a 6-foot, 2-inch box you won't need a red flag on the end. The bed has four tie-down loops standard and mounts for many more.

Canyon's nose-down stance makes it look smaller than it really is; top wheelbase and length are up roughly a foot from the prior generation. A Canyon Crew cab 6-foot-, 2-inch box is only half-a-foot shorter than a Sierra Double cab with a 6-foot, 6-inch box, so while Canyon is about five inches narrower and lower it is not a small truck.

Interior

GMC Canyon cabs are identical from the front seats forward and cover a good portion of the materials range in full-size pickups. Entry-level Canyon SL trucks get vinyl seats and floor, while top SLT trims get leather upholstery and woodgrain trim. There is no ultra-lux package like Platinum or Limited here, but GMC hasn't shown a Denali version of Canyon. In its favor, Canyon offers a beige interior color rather than just the black or black/gray of the Colorado.

Even in vinyl and plastic trim, air conditioning and a power driver seat cushion are standard on the Canyon. Higher levels have power lumbar and passenger side, but all use manual seat recline. The regulation inspired headrest design encourages taller occupants to adjust properly.

Front-seat room is plentiful and ergonomics good. A tilt wheel is standard, telescoping added at SLE level and the seat has lots of travel. Taller individuals that like the seat cushion low for headroom and a better view under the inside mirror may find the center armrest higher than they'd like.

Back seats in the Crew Cab are fine for adults; we got a six-footer in there no problem, but there wouldn't be room in front for a like-sized individual to drive. Extended cab rear seats are individual and upright, best for kids and child seats; a rearward-facing infant carrier may have to go behind the passenger.

Because the doors swing open rearward nearly 90 degrees, fitting child seats or loading long or heavy items into the back seat is easier in an Extended cab. Your dog may also find it easier to clamber in. The clamshell design can be awkward when parked alongside another car or close to a wall, however.

Overall, cubby storage is not as great as in a full-size pickup but should cope with most necessities. There are small storage bins under the Extended Cab rear seats; the rear seats in a Crew Cab fold.

Most of the instrument panel in the Canyon echoes that of the GMC Sierra, or a Chevrolet Colorado with the gauge marks and trim surround lights changed from blue to red. Controls are simple and logically grouped, only the 2WD/4WD switch is obscured behind the steering wheel.

The Canyon steering wheel differs from that of the Colorado in more than just cosmetic design: The instrument data screen is operated through right-spoke steering wheel switches rather than the signal stalk on the Colorado and we prefer the Canyon method.

Center-stack display screens for audio and infotainment functions are 4.2 or 8 inches, the latter part of the IntelliLink system with streaming Bluetooth, Siri eyes free, Pandora radio and so on. It offers voice-control for many phone, audio and navigation functions. If you've used the system in any other GM product it will be familiar. Navigation is optional; choosing it usually means opting for the Bose seven-speaker sound system as well.

What will be new is the AT&T 4G LTE system that turns the Canyon into a Wi-Fi hot spot with the engine running or in accessories mode. Claimed data speeds allow use of phone and data simultaneously and OnStar turn-by-turn directions to be sent 100 times faster.

Driving Impressions

The GMC Canyon drives just like you'd expect a scaled-down Sierra to drive; most of the structure underneath is similar in every respect except size. It's solid and quiet, even in the Extended Cab versions, which have historically been magnets for rattles and squeaks because of doors latching together and the big hole in the side of the cab structure.

The front end is well planted and has plenty of roll stiffness; you'll have to be on a trail before you feel yourself leaning. The rear end has bit of kick to it on sharp impacts with the truck empty, typical for something that weighs 4000 pounds and can carry nearly half that much again. We never had a problem with it skittering about on rough surfaces or losing composure hitting a bump mid-corner.

Steering is electrically assisted, one of the reasons plowing is not recommended. It points Canyon easily, adds effort appropriately and never ran short of assist even wiggling a 21-foot tandem-axle boat trailer through a chicane only a few feet wider than the trailer. Directional changes are what we expect, better than a heavier full-size despite the narrower track but not as crisp as a car.

An All-Terrain package available on Canyon SLE trim uses the same suspension as a Z71 Colorado, and it's our favorite in terms of balance between ride comfort and handling. There are only two potential downsides to it: one, it cannot be combined with the forward collision and lane departure alert system option, and two, it doesn't compare to Tacoma's TRD Pro package suitable for high-speed off-highway travel.

Brake feel is very good, far better than we ever found on this nameplate before. Pedal response is quick, easy to modulate and firm. This is the first time we've gone as far as calling it confidence-inspiring.

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 share direct-injection design and rev-happy power curves: Peak torque occurs at 4000 rpm on the V6, peak horsepower at 6800 rpm, higher than any other pickup. You won't need all that power much of the time but when you do expect a lot of revs and some noise to go with it.

Where Canyon uses engines with more horsepower than torque the competitors and Sierra prefer torque over horsepower. Competitors' older engines don't use direct injection so their four-cylinders are down 41-48 horsepower and 11-20 pound-feet of torque compared with Canyon but they either do it lower revs, with a shorter axle ratio, and/or in a lighter truck. Tacoma's 4-liter V6 delivers essentially the same torque as Canyon 3.6 while Frontier's 4-liter delivers more, and both competitors' V6 can be paired with a manual gearbox.

Fuel economy for the price leader Canyon SL rates an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg City/Highway. The Canyon automatic bumps that to 20/27 mpg with 2WD and 19/25 mpg with 4WD. Take off 2/1 mpg for V6 ratings. We observed everything between 14 (towing) and 23 mpg in drives on varying terrain and traffic. For full-size comparison a Sierra V6 Double Cab (from about $30,500) scores the same city numbers and -2 highway ratings, while a Ram 1500 diesel (from $37,000) is 20/28 in 2WD.

Summary

The GMC Canyon has grown up from the first generation. With essentially the same power and capacity to work as the full-size from a decade ago, it lacks only the three-wide front seat and 4-foot-wide box floor. It raises the bar in mid-size comfort, convenience and safety features, and offers a useful alternative when a full-size is just too big.

NewCarTestDrive.com G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drive of Chevrolet Colorado models near Del Mar, California.

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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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