Honda Model and Trim Level Explanations
Have you ever browsed through information on a Honda vehicle and gotten confused at the amount of different model levels and trim levels? They’re basically all just a bunch of letters that generally have no explanation as to their meaning. Well we want to clear everything up for you, so we’re going to give you a bit of a rundown on all the Honda model and trim level explanations. There are only two vehicles in the Honda lineup with different model options, and one of them we’ve already covered, the Honda Accord. The other is the Honda Civic, which has a whopping seven different choices, so we’ll start there before delving into the different trim level explanations.
- Civic Sedan: The sedan model is the most popular. It’s simply a regular old car, with four doors, plenty of space for four passengers, and a sizeable trunk.
- Civic Coupe: The coupe is almost as popular. It’s a little smaller and only has two doors, so there’s less space inside and a smaller trunk. It’s the sportier option of the two.
- Civic Si Sedan/Coupe: These two options are just like their explanations above, except they come with the Si tag, which means Sport Injected. These cars have sportier features and appearances, and sacrifice a bit of fuel economy for more power and performance.
- Civic HF: HF stands for high fuel efficiency, and this model has the best fuel economy without hopping up to the hybrid version.
- Civic Hybrid: Hybrid has even better fuel economy, as it combines an efficient gas engine with some electric car technologies.
- Civic Natural Gas: This model is fairly self explanatory. It’s got great fuel efficiency and is much better for the environment, as it uses compressed natural gas rather than regular unleaded gasoline. The only issue is that you can only refuel at a CNG station.
Now each Honda model (with the exception of a few, like the Civic Si, HF, Accord Plug-in etc.) has further divisions called trim levels. The availability of these different trim levels can vary from model to model, but they generally mean the same thing for each vehicle. The order of this list is (generally) the order of the levels as well, though not every model will have every trim level.
- LX: Luxury
- LX-S: Luxury Sport
- SE: Special Edition.
- EX: Executive
- EX-L: Executive with Leather
- Touring: Only available on the Pilot, Odyssey, and CR-V.
- Touring Elite: Only available on the Odyssey
- EV: Electric Vehicle. This is only an option for the Honda Fit, and denotes that the vehicle is 100% electric.
For the most part, with the exception of the Fit EV trim, the only differences between these trim levels is that each step up the ladder adds more optional features. For instance the wheels might get bigger, or you might add a sunroof or power seat adjustment. The letters are essentially just there to denote the level of additional features your vehicle comes with.
There is one Honda model that is completely different than the rest with its trim levels. The Honda Ridgeline, the only truck in the North American Honda lineup, follows its own formula, explained below.
- RT: Ridgeline Truck
- RTS: Ridgeline Truck Special
- RTL: Ridgeline Truck Limited
- SE: Special Edition
We hope that this helped you out a little bit when looking to purchase one of our great Honda vehicles. Feel free to give us a call if you have further questions about any of these model variations or trim levels.