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by Anna Gray

Updated: August 09, 2021

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 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

For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades. These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents.

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 sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses.. 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

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

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

From behind the wheel, the 2020 Corolla sedan feels quite different than its predecessor. 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.

Front seats Hybrid LE vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: Hybrid LE standart front seats, right: XSE standart front seats

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

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

Dynamic Navigation Provides the most up-to-date map data, routes and POI on its embedded system. With the Toyota+Alexa app, you can ask to play music, control smart home devices, find parking and more—Alexa will respond instantly.

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. 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 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

LIGHT GRAY MOONSTONE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT 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 the available Sport button to enable Sport Mode. 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

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. XSE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blue Crush Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE Exterior photo

Transmission difference

Hybrid LE

E-CVT

XSE

CVT sport

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

1.8L / 121hp

California LEV 3

XSE

2.0L / 169hp

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

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