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by Paul Martin

Updated: November 09, 2020

Hybrid LE vs. XSE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla hybrid luxury edition and executive sport edition models comparision

Hybrid LE vs. XSE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE vs XSE exterior features 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

XSE

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

The LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades.

Wheels Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart wheels, right: XSE standart wheels

Taillights difference

Hybrid LE

LED tail and stoplights

XSE

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 XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart taillights, right: XSE standart taillights

Front grill difference

Hybrid LE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

XSE

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 XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Outside mirrors difference

Hybrid LE

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

XSE

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

Outside mirrors Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart outside mirrors, right: XSE standart outside mirrors

Other exterior features difference

Hybrid LE

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

XSE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

From every angle, the new Corolla sedan looks lower and leaner, tauter and tighter.

Hybrid LE vs. XSE 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

XSE

SofTex-trimmed heated front sport seats with sport fabric inserts; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support; and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat and seatback pocket

Heated driver's and front passenger seats

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 XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front seats, right: XSE 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. XSE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

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

Audio & Multimedia difference

Hybrid LE

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

XSE

Audio Plus—includes 8-in. touch-screen, Sirius XM, HD Radio

Available: Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

The center stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, and Entune 3.0 apps. Remote Connect Can lock and unlock doors, start the engine, locate the vehicle in a parking lot and monitor guest drivers.

Audio & Multimedia Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart audio & multimedia, right: XSE available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

Instrument cluster difference

Hybrid LE

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

XSE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

The Corolla sedan comes standard with a 4.2-inch thin film transistor (TFT) Multi-Information Display (MID), with an available 7-inch MID located between the high-grade tachometer and speedometer. 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.

Instrument cluster Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart instrument cluster, right: XSE standart instrument cluster

Steering wheel difference

Hybrid LE

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

XSE

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

Even your fingertips will feel the difference when you grab hold of Corolla's available leather-wrapped steering wheel. Corolla's available mounted paddle shifters let you shift gears without letting go of the wheel.

Steering wheel Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart steering wheel (a same feature from LE model shown), right: XSE standart steering wheel

Powertrain and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams, and silencers.

Hybrid LE vs. XSE safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE 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

XSE

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 XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart driving modes, right: XSE standart driving modes

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

Hybrid LE vs. XSE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Super White 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Transmission difference

Hybrid LE

Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)

XSE

Dynamic-Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with physical First-launch gear

Increased use of micro polishing on gear teeth reduces cabin noise. Sedan buyer trends are shifting, and the 2020 Corolla sedan is right there with them.

Transmission Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

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

XSE

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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