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How to Know if Your Honda Is LX or EX?

Knowing whether your Honda is an LX or EX is important for many reasons, particularly when it comes to resale value. 

But, how do you figure out which you have?

Regardless of the model, you can typically determine whether your Honda is an LX or EX by decoding the VIN or contacting your insurance company. Or, you can figure out which trim you have by examining the features of your particular Honda vehicle. 

In this article, I will describe what EX and LX mean, how to determine whether your Honda is an EX or LX, and whether you’ll find the trim level on your vehicle’s exterior. 

Then, I will detail how to tell apart the EX and LX trims in the Honda Accord, Civic, and CR-V. 

Finally, I will explain whether the EX or LX is better and then describe other common Honda trims. 

What Does EX and LX Mean?

A question mark on a chalkboard.

EX and LX are two distinct trim levels that you can find in most Honda vehicles. 

And for the uninitiated, a trim level is the specific variation of a car model. 

So, basically, I’m saying that not all models of a car are identical and that each of these variations has a different name. 

For instance, the Honda Accord has six trim levels: EX, EX-L, LX, Sport, Touring, and Sport Touring. 

And each of these trims comes with some different features. 

Regarding LX and EX trims, LXs are usually the base model in Honda vehicles, whereas EXs are the next step up. 

Thus, Honda EXs have a bit more luxurious features in them than LXs. 

How to Know if a Honda Is an LX or EX?

Each Honda model has specific differences between the LX and EX trims. 

However, there are two main ways to determine if any Honda model is an LX or EX. 

Decode Your VIN 

You can find out whether your Honda is an EX or LX by decoding the VIN. 

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is a 17-character code that gives you information about your car, such as: 

  • Trim level 
  • Vehicle’s country of origin
  • Make 
  • Model 
  • Engine size 
  • Manufacturer 
  • Year 
  • Vehicle serial number 

To decode your VIN, you should type it into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s VIN decoder here

When you do so, it will provide you with all of the above information for your vehicle. 

If you need to locate your vehicle’s VIN, you should look in one of the following places: 

  • The top of the dashboard on the driver’s side 
  • Your insurance card 
  • Your vehicle’s title 
  • Your vehicle’s registration

You should be aware, though, that if your car is from before 1981, decoder websites may not be able to translate the VIN for you. 

Call Your Insurance Company 

When you insure your vehicle, your insurance company will have to determine the trim level to establish your premium. 

So, if you call your insurance company, they should have your vehicle’s trim level on file. 

Will I Find the Trim Level on the Back of My Honda?

Photo of the back of a black Honda Civic.

Many manufacturers put the vehicle’s trim level on the back of the car, usually on the trunk. 

However, most Hondas only have the trim level on the exterior if it is a high-trim vehicle, such as a Touring. 

Thus, you probably won’t be able to figure out if your Honda is an EX or LX by looking at the back of the car. 

How to Tell if a Honda Accord Is an LX or EX 

If you don’t want to use a VIN decoder to determine the trim of your Honda Accord, there are other ways to figure out this information. 

The simplest way is to inspect your car to see what features it has since these will be the main differences between the two trim levels. 

Features that are different between the Honda Accord LX and EX: 

  • The EX has 17-inch (43 cm) wheels while the LX has 16-inch (41 cm) wheels 
  • The EX has heated seats and heated mirrors 
  • The EX has a rear HVAC vent
  • The EX has a 12-way power adjustable seat 
  • The EX has 4-way power lumbar support 
  • The EX’s entertainment system includes hands-free texting, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

But, you should be aware that these differences refer primarily to newer model Accords. 

Older models will likely have other deviations between the trims. 

How to Tell if a Honda Civic Is an LX or EX

A red Honda Civic on the road.

For those with a Honda Civic, there are a few features you should look for in your vehicle that will tell you which trim you have. 

Some of the differences between LX and EX Honda Civic trims: 

  • The EX has an SMS text messaging feature built into the touchscreen 
  • The EX has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • The EX has Honda LaneWatch  
  • The EX has a leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • The EX has eight speakers, whereas the LX has four 
  • The EX has heated front seats 
  • Some EXs have HD radio 
  • The EX has a multi-angle rearview camera 

Just remember, though, that these differences primarily refer to the newer models of the Honda Civic. 

How to Tell if a Honda CR-V Is an LX or EX

As with other Hondas, you can tell the difference between an LX and EX CR-V by paying attention to the car’s features. 

Differences between the Honda CR-V EX and LX trims: 

  • You can’t get the LX as a hybrid 
  • The LX has a 5-inch (13 cm) LCD screen while the EX has a 7-inch (18 cm) display 
  • The LX has four speakers, whereas the EX has six 
  • The EX has HondaLink 
  • The EX has a moonroof 
  • The EX has heated front seats
  • The EX has HD and Sirius XM radio 
  • The EX has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • The LX does not have a security system 
  • The LX does not have rear privacy glass 
  • The LX has 17-inch (43 cm) wheels, whereas the EX has 18-inch (46 cm) wheels 
  • The EX has heated side-view mirrors 

But remember that these differences mainly apply to newer CR-Vs. 

Older models likely have different distinctions between trims. 

Is it Better to Have an EX or LX Honda?

Side view photo of red Honda Accord parked in a parking lot.

EX trims are higher quality vehicles and come with more features than the standard LX. 

However, there is one category where the LX clearly beats the EX: price. 

As the base trim, a new LX is $2,000 to $4,000 cheaper. 

What Is a Honda EX-L?

The EX-L trim is a step above the EX. 

Typically, in an EX-L, you get all the features of an EX with some added bonuses. 

Extra features you may see in EX-L trims that aren’t in EXs include: 

  • More durable and stylish interior 
  • More and better quality speakers 
  • Larger seats and more leg room
  • More powerful engine

What Is a Honda Touring?

A red Honda car parked in the middle of a road on a sunny day.

The Honda Touring trim is usually the highest level of the model. 

Generally, these vehicles combine everything in the lower trims and add some extra perks, such as a navigation system with voice recognition and a superior sound system. 

These Hondas are more expensive than the EX or LX trims. 

What Is a Honda Sport?

Honda Sport trims are ideal for those who value performance since these vehicles typically have a better engine than other variations. 

A Sport trim Honda may also have extra options such as sport pedals and paddle shifters. 

Furthermore, Honda Sport vehicles are often the only Honda trim level with a manual transmission option. 


Overall, the easiest way to determine whether your Honda is an EX or LX trim is to decode the VIN or ask your insurance company.

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