Not every car shopper desires the same features. Some prefer good performance over high-tech offered; for others, features like a backup camera and sunroof are essentials. At Washington Auto Mall, PA, we want our customers to make smart decisions for their budget.
Understanding the Difference between Trim Levels (AKA Grades) and Options
Simply put, the multiple versions offered on the same model but with different equipment and features, are the car's trim levels. Automakers tend to offer three or more versions for car models that use many trim choices. Take the 2015 Toyota Prius Hybrid for example. The car as a 4-dr, 5-passenger hatchback, has five trim levels on it: Two, Three, Persona Series, Four, and Five.
The base usually has the lowest price and the least number of features than the higher and more luxurious trims. Trim choices are a common way to let individuals shop the features they want in a car.
Prius Two: heated power mirrors, rearview camera, tilt/telescoping wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, cloth upholstery, automatic climate control, advanced trip computer, 60/40 split folding rear seat, 6.1 touchscreen display, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and 6-speaker sound system.
Prius Three: navigation system, HD radio, enhanced keyless entry system, Toyota's Entune system, voice controls, and satellite radio.
Persona Series: additional chrome trim, footwell illumination, 17 alloy wheels, side mirrors with turn signals, leather upholstery.
Prius Four: auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, heated front seats, 8-way power driver seat, and 8-speaker JBL sound system.
Prius Five: foglights, 17 alloy wheels, and LED headlights.
Options, on the other hand, are offered in addition to the trim choices at extra cost. They can be a single feature or a group of them bundled into a package, listed and priced separately. Some models ignore the trim levels completely and make use of options and option packages only.
For the new 2015 Prius, options include the Solar Roof package (different each for Prius Three and Four), Advanced Technology Package (Prius Five), and the Plus Performance and Plus Appearance packages.
How to Get Value for Price
One way to do this is to compare what comes standard on the base trim models of the vehicles. But it's the way out if you don't intend to go for a lot of features. If you do, then making a list of features you want, and ones you don't, and considering the price, think of the trim you want; compare this for every vehicle you're thinking about to decide.
For best deals, contact the Washington Auto Mall dealership, PA.
Washington Auto Mall specializes in new Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Scion, and has a wide selection of quality used vehicles and certified pre-owned vehicles. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.
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