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by Paul Martin

Updated: August 09, 2021

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

Super White 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition 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

Powerful fender flares and generously curved fender top surfaces accent its sculpted, athletic core.

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

These descriptors, seemingly from the luxury car realm, inspired designers’ efforts when visualizing Corolla sedan’s cabin. The result is called “sensuous minimalism”.

L vs. SE (6MT) multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE 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

What you don’t get in the 2020 Corolla sedan is noise.

L vs. SE (6MT) safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE 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

Blueprint 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

L

CVT

SE (6MT)

iMT

The Direct Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps along with Sport Mode. For those who want to shift for themselves, the 2020 Corolla sedan offers an intriguing choice with the all-new 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission.

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

1.8L / 139hp

SE (6MT)

2.0L / 169hp

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