What is my car trim level?

I’m shopping online for some new tires, and I thought I just needed my car’s make and model in order to get the right ones. It turns out, though, that I also need to know the trim level. What is a trim level and where do I find it?

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Natalie Todoroff · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Your
car’s trim level
is a manufacturer’s code used to differentiate between the various features, specifications, and equipment available for each model. The trim code identifies the most standard model of a particular vehicle from the most tricked-out, luxurious one.
Not all car makes from the same manufacturer are created equal. For example, a 2020
Toyota Rav4
is a more basic, pared-down version of the 2020
Toyota
. The trim level is usually a two-letter code, but can sometimes be three.
You can think of a trim level as a part of your car’s full name. Each has four parts:
  • A make,
    Toyota
    for example
  • A year (2020)
  • A model (Rav4)
  • A trim level (XLE)
The trim level usually refers to aesthetic, safety, comfort, or powerchain features present or absent in your specific model.
The trim level is usually found in your owners’ manual, on the original sales invoice of your car, or your car’s exterior side or rear.
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