After hours of researching, consulting with your friends and family, and bickering with your significant other, you’ve finally decided which car you want to buy, phew. With that decision sealed, comes even more decisions. Which trim of that car are you going to buy? Some people don’t understand what this means at this point.

The easiest way to explain trim level is with a specific example. Let’s say you are interested in a 2012 Honda Civic. Within that year and model, Honda produces several different “trim levels” with different features and options — for example, the Honda Civic DX, the LX, the EX, and the EX-L which can be boldly seen at the rear end of the car. With the lowest trim level also known as the BASE, for example, the 2012 Toyota Camry has six trim levels, starting with the L, and up to the XLE and the price will increase accordingly as we go from the lowest trim level offered (BASE) which is L to the highest which is XLE.

Trim levels are typically consistent on every model made by a particular company. The trim level typically denotes the type of engine, transmission type, sometimes whether it’s a four-door sedan or five-doors, and will include varying standard equipment/features including interior texture, gadgets and rim/tyre size.

The reason for trim levels is to give users the options of not just only cost but comfort, space and convenience. Looking closely, you will see some trims are bigger than others of the same model. So when next you see your friend’s car which is same make, year and model but smaller or significantly different, the trim is responsible.