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by Elizabeth Frank

Updated: August 09, 2021

SE (6MT) vs. XSE - [ 2020 A]

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

SE (6MT) vs. XSE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) vs XSE exterior common features

Shared features in both models:

Wheels

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

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Taillights

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

Front grill

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Exhaust

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

Exterior details difference

SE (6MT)

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

XSE

Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

With an available Dark Gray Metallic rear spoiler, diffuser and side rocker panels, you'll make a strong impression wherever you pull up.

Exterior details SE (6MT) vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart exterior details (a same feature from SE CVT model shown), right: XSE standart exterior details

Outside mirrors difference

SE (6MT)

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

XSE

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

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

left: SE (6MT) standart outside mirrors, right: XSE standart outside mirrors

From every angle, the new Corolla sedan looks lower and leaner, tauter and tighter.

SE (6MT) vs. XSE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE (6MT) vs XSE 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

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

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 XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE (6MT) standart front seats, right: XSE 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. XSE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Shared features in both models:

Windshield

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

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

Instrument cluster difference

SE (6MT)

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

XSE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

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. 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 XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Steering wheel difference

SE (6MT)

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

XSE

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

Even your fingertips will feel the difference when you grab hold of Corolla's available leather-wrapped steering wheel. Corolla's available mounted paddle shifters let you shift gears without letting go of the wheel.

Steering wheel SE (6MT) vs XSE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

SE (6MT)

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

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

As one example, the floor silencer pad is now one large piece, instead of many smaller elements.

SE (6MT) vs. XSE 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)

XSE

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.

SE (6MT) vs. XSE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Shared features in both models:

Engine

2.0L / 169hp

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

SE (6MT)

iMT

XSE

CVT sport

Because the launch gear is handling the higher input load at launch, the size of the CVT’s belt and pulley components could be reduced, yielding shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster than in a conventional 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.

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

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

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