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by Rine Geaz

Updated: March 22, 2021

Hybrid LE vs. SE Nightshade Edition - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla hybrid luxury edition and sport edition with black color accents models comparision

Hybrid LE vs. SE Nightshade Edition exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition exterior common features

Shared features in both models:

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Wheels difference

Hybrid LE

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

SE Nightshade Edition

18-in. black-painted alloy wheels and P225/40R18 tires

These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents. The LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers.

Wheels Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart wheels, right: SE Nightshade Edition standart wheels

Taillights difference

Hybrid LE

LED tail and stoplights

SE Nightshade Edition

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 Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Front grill difference

Hybrid LE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE Nightshade Edition

Sport mesh black front grille with black bumper and surround

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 Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front grill, right: SE Nightshade Edition standart front grill

Exterior details difference

Hybrid LE

Color-keyed outside door handles

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

SE Nightshade Edition

Black outside door handles

Black-painted sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

Black roof-mounted shark-fin antenna and window trim

Blacked-out Corolla, SE and Toyota badging

With an available Dark Gray Metallic rear spoiler, diffuser and side rocker panels, you'll make a strong impression wherever you pull up.

Exterior details Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart exterior details (a same feature from LE model shown), right: SE Nightshade Edition standart exterior details

Outside mirrors difference

Hybrid LE

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

SE Nightshade Edition

Black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Outside mirrors Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart outside mirrors, right: SE Nightshade Edition standart outside mirrors

Other exterior features difference

Hybrid LE

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

SE Nightshade Edition

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

The design team called its working concept “shooting robust,” because they were shooting for a robust, confidence-inspiring stance.

Hybrid LE vs. SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

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

These changes, along with the reconfigured lower beltline, slimmer instrument panel, slimmer A-pillars, and repositioned side view mirrors, result in more expansive outward visibility. Redesigned top to bottom, the mixed-media sport seats with SofTex bolsters and premium fabric inserts work together to make you feel comfortable and in control behind the wheel.

Front seats Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front seats, right: SE Nightshade Edition standart front seats (a same feature from SE CVT model shown)

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 Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles. 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 Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart instrument cluster, right: SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

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

The TNGA structure utilizes additional seals in its body panel gaps to insulate noise penetration and enhance air-sealing performance.

Hybrid LE vs. SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

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

Driving modes Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart driving modes, right: SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Super White 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Transmission difference

Hybrid LE

E-CVT

SE Nightshade Edition

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. New control logic improves acceleration feel when starting off, and improved shift feel makes this a stick shift you want to use.

Transmission Hybrid LE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart transmission, right: SE Nightshade Edition standart transmission (a same feature from SE CVT model shown)

Other tech details features difference

Hybrid LE

1.8L / 121hp

California LEV 3

SE Nightshade Edition

2.0L / 169hp

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

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