Different Types of Car Trims
A trim of a car is basically another version of the same model. The trim, also known as grade, generally lays down a base model's performance, options, features, and extras. The differences may, however, lie in the vehicle’s transmission or engine type, interior styling, comfort and convenience features, extra safety additions, and/or exterior design aspects. Some items like climate control, all-wheel-drive, leather seats, and trim molding are elements of trim packages.
Trims levels of cars are usually signified by letters. Below is a list of those letters and what they mean:
T: Touring edition.
S: Standard, sport, or special, each of which can mean different things, depending on the car’s manufacturer.
E: Either extra, equipment, or edition, depending on the auto manufacturer.
When some of these letters are put together, you get the following trim levels:
CE: Classic or Custom Edition
DL: Deluxe Level
GL: Grade Level
GT: Grand Touring
GLE: Grade Level Extra
LE: Luxury Edition
LT: Luxury Touring
LS: Luxury Special or Luxury Sport
LTZ: Luxury Touring Special
SE: Special Equipment, Sport Edition, or Special Edition
SL: Standard Level
SLE: Standard Level Extra
SLT: Standard Level Touring
XLT: Extra Level Touring
SV: Special Version
The trim level is linked directly to its price. The higher the trim level of the car, the more expensive the variant. Also, replacement components and paint are always specific to the trim level. As such, the higher trim level will involve a higher cost to repair parts as well.
While buying a car, it's often easy to figure out which trim level will suit your taste and budget. Almost every car maker’s website will have detailed information on what is and what isn't included in the base models and trim levels of their offerings. So you should take your time to read them to ensure you are getting the maximum return out of your investment.
If you wish to know about Nissan’s trim levels, for example, you should consider visiting our car dealership in North Charleston, SC. Many customers from areas like Goose Creek, Summerville, and Columbia come to our dealership too.