What Does TLC Mean For Cars?

There are countless abbreviations used in the car industry and by car manufacturers that to the layperson may be confusing.

Some are used for marketing while others are used to identify specific options or features within the vehicle.

In this article we'll go over some of the most common and hopefully clear a few things up.

What Is TLC In A Car?

TLC in a car means Tender Loving Care. It signifies the amount of time and care taken to maintain a car.

Oftentimes you will see online used car advertisements declaring that the car for sale “requires some TLC”.

This usually means the car is in rough shape and will require some hard work and elbow grease to get it back to a working and presentable condition.

This can also point to the car being poorly maintained to buyer beware!

Wiping down the interior of a car ie. Giving the car a little TLC.
Wiping down the interior of a car ie. Giving the car a little TLC.

What Does LS Mean On A Car?

LS is a trim level for Chevrolet that simply means “Luxury Sport”. It is one of the lowest trim levels in the Chevy lineup and generally comes with things like cloth seats rather than leather seats.

Popular Chevy models with the LS trim include the Chevy Tracker, the Chevrolet Equinox and the Chevy Trax.

Chevrolet Spark LS
Chevrolet Spark LS

What Does LT Mean On A Car?

LT is a trim level for Chevrolet that means “Luxury Touring”. It is a higher tier trim level in the Chevy lineup. Options made available include leather seats, moon roofs and higher performance engines.

LT option packages are available on Chevy models like the Silverado 1500 which will put it a step above the 1500 WT (work truck).

Chevrolet Camaro LT
Chevrolet Camaro LT

What Does LTZ Mean On A Car?

The LTZ is a trim level for Chevrolet that means “Luxury Touring Z”. This trim level is a step above the LT is kind of rare.

It usually comes standard with a boatload of features including leather seats, moonroof, backup and driver assist etc. The LTZ will also come with a high powered performance engine.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ
Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

What Does DTE Mean In A Car?

DTE usually means Distance To Empty. It is calculated by your car's computer as the distance or range your vehicle has until running out of gas.

What Does SV Mean On A Car?

On a Nissan vehicle SV stands for “Standard Value” while SL stands for “Standard Luxury”.

Nissan Rogue SV
Nissan Rogue SV

What Does Si Stand For Honda?

When Honda puts Si on a car it stands for “Sport Injected”. They use this to identify the sport trim of their models like the Honda Civic Si for example.

What Does DS Mean In A Car?

DS stands for “Drive Sport” on a car. This switches the car from a smoother driving experience to a more aggressive sporty experience by changing the way the transmission changes gears

What Does SS Mean On A Car?

SS is short for “Super Sport” on Chevrolet and General Motors vehicles. It is used as a way to market high performance versions of Chevrolet and General Motors models such as the Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 454 SS, and the Chevrolet SS.

1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 454 SS
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 454 SS

What Does YJ mean on a Jeep?

YJ stands for Yuppie Jeep while TJ stands for Tough Jeep.