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by Rine Geaz

Updated: March 22, 2021

L vs. SE CVT - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla entry level and sport edition models comparision

L vs. SE CVT exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blizzard Pearl 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE 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 slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deeply into the front fenders and give the Corolla sedan a steely stare and a distinct nighttime signature. Corolla's tech is more than just convenient, it is designed to keep you safe.

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

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 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

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

L vs. SE CVT interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla LE 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

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

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

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

L vs. SE CVT safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla LE 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)

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.

L vs. SE CVT tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blizzard Pearl 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

CVT

SE CVT

CVT sport

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. 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

1.8L / 139hp

SE CVT

2.0L / 169hp

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