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by Robert Smith

Updated: March 22, 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 Corolla sedan transformation continues where the rubber meets the road. 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

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 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

The design team called its working concept “shooting robust,” because they were shooting for a robust, confidence-inspiring stance.

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

Seating materials include standard cloth or, in higher grades, SofTex. The front seats of the XSE and SE grades debut a new design featuring a unique shape with a headrest that nestles into the shoulder area, while the XLE and LE grades offer a seatback with a new U-shaped pattern.

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

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

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

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

With the Toyota+Alexa app, you can ask to play music, control smart home devices, find parking and more—Alexa will respond instantly. JBL Audio system highlights include: - JBL is available in the Corolla for the first time in over 10 years - Next-Generation HID8 amplifier creates 800-watts of total power - Free-standing horn tweeters located in the A-pillar at ear level for optimal high-frequency performance - 6.7-inch door subwoofers for powerful deep-bass response - Sealed inner door panels promote cleaner, more powerful bass - Midrange speakers provide full-range sound for rear passengers - Clari-Fi technology analyzes, rebuilds, and restores audio signals that were lost in the digital compression process Featured apps for Entune systems include: - Safety Connect® In the event of an accident or other emergency, assistance can be dispatched directly to the vehicle’s GPS location.

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

Large, colorful and, most importantly, practical, Corolla Hybrid's instrument cluster 7-in. MID screen brings safety alerts, vehicle health information and more into your line of sight while you drive. With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles.

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

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

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

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. 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 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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