DETROIT - Ford Division's new Five Hundred sedan will start at $22,795 when it arrives next month.
The Five Hundred will be $20 more than the 2004 Toyota Camry LE V-6 four-door and $995 less than the Honda Accord LX V-6. Automatic transmission, air conditioning and antilock brakes are standard equipment on all three.
All prices in this report include the destination charge.
The Five Hundred has one important feature that the Camry and Accord do not offer: all-wheel drive. It is $1,700 on all Five Hundred models.
The base Five Hundred is $2,190 more than the base 2004 Ford Taurus. The 2005 prices for the Taurus, Camry and Accord have not been announced.
For more comparisons, the 2005 Chrysler 300 starts at $23,920. The 2005 Dodge Magnum starts at $22,495.
Unlike the Taurus, which was once the nation's best-selling car, the Five Hundred will not challenge the Camry and Accord for top honors. Ford Motor Co. plans a total annual production of 280,000 units of the Five Hundred, Ford Freestyle and Mercury Montego.
The Five Hundred will be offered in three trim styles: the base SE, the SEL at $24,795 and Limited at $26,795.
Also priced last week were the Freestyle, a sport wagon sister to the Five Hundred, the Montego and the Mercury Mariner. The Montego is a sister to the Five Hundred; the Mariner is a derivative of the Ford Escape sport wagon.
The Montego Luxury four-door is $24,995, and the Premier four-door is $27,195. As with the Five Hundred, awd is available on each Montego for $1,700.
Mariner prices are as follows: Convenience, $21,995; Luxury, $23,495; and Premier, $25,245. All models offer awd for $1,750.