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by Robert Smith

Updated: November 09, 2020

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

Blizzard Pearl 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 XLE grade gets new 16-inch alloy wheels with three-dimensional twisted spokes. The LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers.

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. The sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses..

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

Yet, they had to maintain ample space for practical, real-world use.

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

From behind the wheel, the 2020 Corolla sedan feels quite different than its predecessor. The result not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution.

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

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

It’s equal parts sporty and elegant, and, as always, Corolla-comfortable and durable.

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. With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles.

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

Combine all that with Corolla sedan’s quieter powertrain, and it’s one tranquil ride..

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

2020 Toyota Corolla

ALL BLACK FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) 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)

All Corolla sedan models come equipped with a standard backup camera..

Hybrid LE vs. SE (6MT) tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blizzard Pearl 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Transmission difference

Hybrid LE

Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

SE (6MT)

6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT)

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. It also incorporates an intelligent rev-matching feature, helping reduce transmission shock when downshifting.

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

1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder Aluminum DOHC 16-Valve with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i); 121 hp @ 5200 rpm, 105 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

California LEV 3

SE (6MT)

2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Valvematic technology; 169 hp @ 6600 rpm, 151 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

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