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by Elizabeth Frank

Updated: November 09, 2020

L vs. SE CVT - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla entry level and sport edition models comparision

L vs. SE CVT 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

Headlights difference

L

LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

SE CVT

High-grade LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

The sporty SE and XSE grades use triple J-shaped clearance lamps with LED light guides along with LED turn signals, creating a unique design signature. The available Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) follows your front wheels when you turn for enhanced visibility at night.

Headlights L vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: L standart headlights (a same feature from LE model shown), right: SE CVT standart headlights

Taillights difference

L

LED tail and stoplights

SE CVT

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade. The rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders.

Taillights L vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: L standart taillights (a same feature from LE model shown), right: SE CVT standart taillights

Front grill difference

L

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE CVT

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 L vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other exterior features difference

L

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

Color-keyed power outside mirrors

SE CVT

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

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

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

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

L vs. SE CVT 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 CVT

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

The cockpit provides an engaging interior space that surrounds the driver while offering a spacious environment for all passengers.

L vs. SE CVT 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 CVT

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

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

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

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

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

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

Front and Console USB 2.0 ports

As one example, the floor silencer pad is now one large piece, instead of many smaller elements.

L vs. SE CVT 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)

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

L vs. SE CVT tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blue Crush Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE 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 CVT

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

The Direct Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps along with Sport Mode. High-speed, high-response gear-shifting technology, using a multiplate wet clutch, switches power from the gearset to the CVT’s belt and pulleys.

Transmission L vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

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

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