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by Anna Gray

Updated: August 09, 2021

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla hybrid luxury edition and sport edition with mechanic transmission models comparision

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blue Crush Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Wheels difference

Hybrid LE

15-in. alloy wheels and P195/65R15 tires

SE (6MT)

18-in. machined alloy wheels with dark gray-painted accents and P225/40R18 tires

The available 18-in. machined alloy wheels, the largest ever offered for Corolla, add to its unapologetic profile. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades.

Wheels Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart wheels, right: SE (6MT) standart wheels (a same feature from XSE model shown)

Taillights difference

Hybrid LE

LED tail and stoplights

SE (6MT)

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

The rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders. All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade.

Taillights Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart taillights, right: SE (6MT) standart taillights (a same feature from XSE model shown)

Front grill difference

Hybrid LE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE (6MT)

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Highlighted by its honeycomb mesh grille, Corolla's lower, wider, more aggressive stance stands out for all the right reasons.

Front grill Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front grill, right: SE (6MT) standart front grill (a same feature from SE CVT model shown)

Outside mirrors difference

Hybrid LE

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

SE (6MT)

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Outside mirrors Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart outside mirrors, right: SE (6MT) standart outside mirrors

Other exterior features difference

Hybrid LE

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

SE (6MT)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Toyota shook up the midsize sedan ranks with the new-generation Camry, and now the compact sedan segment is in for a jolt with the 2020 Corolla sedan.

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Interior trims

Metallic interior trim with chrome interior door handles and color-keyed door panel piping

Rear seats

60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest and two cup holders

Storage

Two front and two rear cup holders

Front seats difference

Hybrid LE

Premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

SE (6MT)

Premium sport seats with sport fabric inserts with 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

The SE and XSE grades’ front seats offer thin, yet broad shoulder supports, evocative of a competition bucket seat, which overlap solid and thick side bolsters to achieve enhanced holding performance. From behind the wheel, the 2020 Corolla sedan feels quite different than its predecessor.

Front seats Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front seats, right: SE (6MT) standart front seats

These descriptors, seemingly from the luxury car realm, inspired designers’ efforts when visualizing Corolla sedan’s cabin. The result is called “sensuous minimalism”.

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Audio & Multimedia

Audio — includes 6 speakers, 8-in. touch-screen

Windshield

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Car access & Remote Control

Smart Key System on front doors and trunk with Push Button Start, remote keyless entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, panic and trunk-release functions

Climate

Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls

Power Sockets

Front and Console USB 2.0 ports

Instrument cluster difference

Hybrid LE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display with hybrid system power meter

SE (6MT)

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

Large, colorful and, most importantly, practical, Corolla Hybrid's instrument cluster 7-in. MID screen brings safety alerts, vehicle health information and more into your line of sight while you drive. Featuring rich graphics, the easy-to-read MID can be custom configured by the driver and offers intuitive operation to access information for the audio and multimedia systems, navigation system, vehicle information including fuel efficiency and tire pressure, the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and other important parameters and system settings.

Instrument cluster Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart instrument cluster, right: SE (6MT) standart instrument cluster (a same feature from LE model shown)

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

Hybrid LE

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

SE (6MT)

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

What you don’t get in the 2020 Corolla sedan is noise.

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Interior photo

Features difference

Hybrid LE

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Normal, Power and ECO driving modes

Hybrid Power Mode

SE (6MT)

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

The 2020 Corolla sedan features eight standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology.

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Super White 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Transmission difference

Hybrid LE

E-CVT

SE (6MT)

iMT

High-speed, high-response gear-shifting technology, using a multiplate wet clutch, switches power from the gearset to the CVT’s belt and pulleys. Standard Hill-start Assist Control (also on the CVT models), helps prevent the dreaded roll-back when starting off on an incline Corolla's available 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) features close-ratio gears down low for spirited acceleration and taller gears up top for optimized fuel economy while cruising.

Transmission Hybrid LE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart transmission, right: SE (6MT) standart transmission

Other tech details features difference

Hybrid LE

1.8L / 121hp

California LEV 3

SE (6MT)

2.0L / 169hp

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

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