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by Rine Geaz

Updated: November 09, 2020

L vs. XSE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla entry level and executive sport edition models comparision

L vs. XSE 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)

XSE

High-grade LED headlights

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

The available Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) follows your front wheels when you turn for enhanced visibility at night. 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.

Headlights L vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Taillights difference

L

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 L vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other exterior features difference

L

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

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

Color-keyed power outside mirrors

XSE

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

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

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

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

L vs. XSE 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

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

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. XSE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Interior photo

Instrument cluster difference

L

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

XSE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

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. 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.

Instrument cluster L vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: L standart instrument cluster (a same feature from LE model shown), right: XSE standart instrument cluster

Steering wheel difference

L

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

XSE

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

A light touch on either lever gives you lightning-fast gear changes for a more spirited drive. Even your fingertips will feel the difference when you grab hold of Corolla's available leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Steering wheel L vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: L standart steering wheel (a same feature from LE model shown), right: XSE standart steering wheel

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

L

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

Intermittent windshield wipers

Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter

Front USB 2.0 port

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

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

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

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

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. XSE safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE 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. XSE 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

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

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

XSE

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

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

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