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by Robert Smith

Updated: August 09, 2021

SE (6MT) vs. XLE - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla sport edition with mechanic transmission and executive luxury edition models comparision

SE (6MT) vs. XLE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blue Crush Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Wheels difference

SE (6MT)

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

XLE

16-in. alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires

The available 18-in. machined alloy wheels, the largest ever offered for Corolla, add to its unapologetic profile. The LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers.

Wheels SE (6MT) vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart wheels (a same feature from XSE model shown), right: XLE standart wheels

Taillights difference

SE (6MT)

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

XLE

LED tail and stoplights

All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade. The sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses..

Taillights SE (6MT) vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart taillights (a same feature from SE CVT model shown), right: XLE standart taillights

Outside mirrors difference

SE (6MT)

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

XLE

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

Outside mirrors SE (6MT) vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart outside mirrors, right: XLE standart outside mirrors (a same feature from XSE model shown)

Other exterior features difference

SE (6MT)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and color-keyed rear spoiler

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

XLE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

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

SE (6MT) vs. XLE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) vs XLE interior common features

Shared features in both models:

Interior trims

Metallic interior trim with chrome interior door handles and color-keyed door panel piping

Moonroof. Panoramic roof

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

Rear seats

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

Storage

Two front and two rear cup holders

Front seats difference

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

XLE

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

Redesigned top to bottom, the mixed-media sport seats with SofTex bolsters and premium fabric inserts work together to make you feel comfortable and in control behind the wheel. The result not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution.

Front seats SE (6MT) vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart front seats, right: XLE standart front seats

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

SE (6MT) vs. XLE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) vs XLE multimedia & convinience common features

Shared features in both models:

Windshield

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Steering wheel

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

Car access & Remote Control

Smart Key System on front doors and trunk with Push Button Start, remote keyless entry system with lock, two-stage unlock, panic and trunk-release functions

Climate

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

Power Sockets

Front and Console USB 2.0 ports

Audio & Multimedia difference

SE (6MT)

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

XLE

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

Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, standard on XSE, XLE and optional on SE CVT, adds an HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect, and Remote Connect. Whether you're listening to your favorite playlist or podcast, Corolla's available 800-watt JBL with Clari-Fi speaker system delivers outstanding sound quality to amplify every drive.

Audio & Multimedia SE (6MT) vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart audio & multimedia (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown), right: XLE available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

Instrument cluster difference

SE (6MT)

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

XLE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

A neat instrument panel lends an open, harmonious feeling thanks to its slimmer upper surface, with character lines that interlock with the door trim to convey an airy atmosphere. 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.

Instrument cluster SE (6MT) vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart instrument cluster (a same feature from LE model shown), right: XLE standart instrument cluster

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

SE (6MT) vs. XLE safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Features difference

SE (6MT)

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

XLE

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..

SE (6MT) vs. XLE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blue Crush Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

SE (6MT)

iMT

XLE

CVT

Like some premium sports cars, it features downshift rev-matching control, automatically detecting when the driver is shifting and quickly rev-matching to make any driver a stick-shift pro. The key to its distinct performance feel is a physical first gear used for start-off acceleration, before handing off to the CVT’s pulley system.

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

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

Other tech details features difference

SE (6MT)

2.0L / 169hp

XLE

1.8L / 139hp

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