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by Paul Martin

Updated: November 09, 2020

L vs. SE (6MT) - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla entry level and sport edition with mechanic transmission models comparision

L vs. SE (6MT) exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Celestite 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Features difference

L

15-in. styled steel wheels and P195/65R15 tires

LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

LED tail and stoplights

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

Color-keyed power outside mirrors

SE (6MT)

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

High-grade LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

That’s why people buy sedans, after all..

L vs. SE (6MT) interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE Interior photo

Features difference

L

Fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

60/40 split fold-down rear seat

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

60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest and two cup holders

Compared to the previous Corolla sedan, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are all lowered to increase visibility and create the interior’s open feel..

L vs. SE (6MT) multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Instrument cluster

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

Features difference

L

Audio — includes 6 speakers, 7-in. touch-screen

Intermittent windshield wipers

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter

Front USB 2.0 port

SE (6MT)

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

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

Automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter and push-button controls

Front and Console USB 2.0 ports

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

L vs. SE (6MT) safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Features difference

L

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

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..

L vs. SE (6MT) tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Celestite 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

L

Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence and Shift Mode (CVTi-S)

SE (6MT)

6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT)

New control logic improves acceleration feel when starting off, and improved shift feel makes this a stick shift you want to use. The new Dynamic-Shift CVT (continuously variable transmission) combines the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a CVT with a more direct driving feel of a traditional geared automatic.

Transmission L vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: L standart transmission (a same feature from LE model shown), right: SE (6MT) standart transmission

Other tech details features difference

L

1.8-Liter 4-Cylinder DOHC 16-Valve with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i); 139 hp @ 6100 rpm; 126 lb.-ft. @ 3900 rpm

SE (6MT)

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

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