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by Paul Martin

Updated: November 09, 2020

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 LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers. The Corolla sedan transformation continues where the rubber meets the road.

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 rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders.

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 features 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

These changes, along with the reconfigured lower beltline, slimmer instrument panel, slimmer A-pillars, and repositioned side view mirrors, result in more expansive outward visibility. The SE and XSE grades’ front seats offer thin, yet broad shoulder supports, evocative of a competition bucket seat, which overlap solid and thick side bolsters to achieve enhanced holding performance.

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

At the center of the instrument panel, within easy view for the driver and front passenger, sits a high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen for the standard Entune 3.0 multimedia system on all grades except the L grade, which gets a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen. Destination Assist Connect Directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance.

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. 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 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

Powertrain and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams, and silencers.

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)

6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT)

XLE

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

New control logic improves acceleration feel when starting off, and improved shift feel makes this a stick shift you want to use. It also incorporates an intelligent rev-matching feature, helping reduce transmission shock when downshifting.

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)

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

XLE

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

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