Trim level (automobile)

LX badge on a Honda Civic, indicating the highest trim level
SE badge on a Ford Taurus, indicating the lowest trim level

Trim levels are used by manufacturers to identify a vehicle's level of equipment or special features.[1][2][3] The equipment/features fitted to a particular vehicle also depend on any options packages or individual options that the car was ordered with.


For a given car model, the trim level denotes which equipment and features are included as standard. A car buyer may add to this standard equipment with trim packages or individual options. The trim level with the least equipment/features is referred to as the "base model",[2] and the trim level with the most equipment/features is referred to as "highest specification" or colloquially as "fully loaded". Differences between trim levels often consist of interior equipment (eg leather seats and reversing cameras), and cosmetic changes;[2][3] however sometimes a trim level can include mechanical changes such as different engines, suspension or all-wheel drive systems.[4][5]

Some car brands use a different car model for what could be instead considered a trim level, therefore the distinction between a model and trim level can vary between brands. For example, Volkswagen could choose to market the Golf GTi either as a standalone model, or as a trim level within the Golf model.

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