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Updated: March 22, 2021

Hybrid LE vs. SE CVT - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla hybrid luxury edition and sport edition models comparision

Hybrid LE vs. SE CVT exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE vs SE CVT exterior common features

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 CVT

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 CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Taillights difference

Hybrid LE

LED tail and stoplights

SE CVT

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 CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart taillights, right: SE CVT standart taillights

Front grill difference

Hybrid LE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE CVT

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 CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front grill, right: SE CVT standart front grill

Outside mirrors difference

Hybrid LE

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

SE CVT

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Available: Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal and blind spot warning indicators

Outside mirrors Hybrid LE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other exterior features difference

Hybrid LE

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

SE CVT

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

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

Hybrid LE vs. SE CVT 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 CVT

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 CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front seats, right: SE CVT standart front seats

The cockpit provides an engaging interior space that surrounds the driver while offering a spacious environment for all passengers.

Hybrid LE vs. SE CVT 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

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 CVT

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

A neat instrument panel lends an open, harmonious feeling thanks to its slimmer upper surface, with character lines that interlock with the door trim to convey an airy atmosphere. 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 CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

Hybrid LE

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

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

SE CVT

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters

Multi-function in-key remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, panic and trunk-release functions and remote illuminated entry

Available: 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

As one example, the floor silencer pad is now one large piece, instead of many smaller elements.

Hybrid LE vs. SE CVT safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Safety systems

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

Driving modes difference

Hybrid LE

Normal, Power and ECO driving modes

Hybrid Power Mode

SE CVT

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

Then the engine control unit and simulated shift points are adjusted for more fun behind the wheel. Press down on Corolla Hybrid's Power Mode button to increase its throttle response for a more exciting drive.

Driving modes Hybrid LE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart driving modes, right: SE CVT standart driving modes (a same feature from XSE model shown)

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 CVT tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Super White 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Transmission difference

Hybrid LE

E-CVT

SE CVT

CVT sport

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. The key to its distinct performance feel is a physical first gear used for start-off acceleration, before handing off to the CVT’s pulley system.

Transmission Hybrid LE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart transmission, right: SE CVT standart transmission

Other tech details features difference

Hybrid LE

1.8L / 121hp

California LEV 3

SE CVT

2.0L / 169hp

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

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