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by Rine Geaz

Updated: August 09, 2021

SE CVT vs. Hybrid LE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla sport edition and hybrid luxury edition models comparision

SE CVT vs. Hybrid LE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT vs Hybrid LE exterior common features

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 CVT

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

Hybrid LE

15-in. alloy wheels and P195/65R15 tires

The XLE grade gets new 16-inch alloy wheels with three-dimensional twisted spokes. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades.

Wheels SE CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart wheels (a same feature from XSE model shown), right: Hybrid LE standart wheels

Taillights difference

SE CVT

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

Hybrid LE

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 CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart taillights, right: Hybrid LE standart taillights

Front grill difference

SE CVT

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Hybrid LE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

Highlighted by its honeycomb mesh grille, Corolla's lower, wider, more aggressive stance stands out for all the right reasons.

Front grill SE CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart front grill, right: Hybrid LE standart front grill

Outside mirrors difference

SE CVT

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

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

Hybrid LE

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

Outside mirrors SE CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart outside mirrors (a same feature from SE (6MT) model shown), right: Hybrid LE standart outside mirrors

Other exterior features difference

SE CVT

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

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

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

Hybrid LE

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

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

SE CVT vs. Hybrid LE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY MOONSTONE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Interior trims

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

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 CVT

Premium sport seats with sport fabric inserts with 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

Hybrid LE

Premium fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

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. Positioning the driver’s hip point 0.98-in. lower and 1.57-in. further rearward yields an optimized driving position.

Front seats SE CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart front seats, right: Hybrid LE standart front seats

Other interior features difference

SE CVT

Available: Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

Hybrid LE

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

SE CVT vs. Hybrid LE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Audio & Multimedia

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

Windshield

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

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 CVT

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

Hybrid LE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display with hybrid system power meter

With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles. 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 CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart instrument cluster (a same feature from LE model shown), right: Hybrid LE standart instrument cluster

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

SE CVT

Available: Audio Plus—includes 8-in. touch-screen, Sirius XM, HD Radio

Available: Audio Plus and JBL w/Clari-Fi—- includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

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

Multi-function in-key remote keyless entry system with lock, unlock, panic and trunk-release functions and remote illuminated entry

Available: 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

Hybrid LE

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

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

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

SE CVT vs. Hybrid LE safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE 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)

Driving modes difference

SE CVT

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

Hybrid LE

Normal, Power and ECO driving modes

Hybrid Power Mode

Press down on Corolla Hybrid's Power Mode button to increase its throttle response for a more exciting drive. Then the engine control unit and simulated shift points are adjusted for more fun behind the wheel.

Driving modes SE CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart driving modes (a same feature from XSE model shown), right: Hybrid LE standart driving modes

All Corolla sedan models come equipped with a standard backup camera..

SE CVT vs. Hybrid LE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Classic Silver Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT Exterior photo

Transmission difference

SE CVT

CVT sport

Hybrid LE

E-CVT

Increased use of micro polishing on gear teeth reduces cabin noise. Sedan buyer trends are shifting, and the 2020 Corolla sedan is right there with them.

Transmission SE CVT vs Hybrid LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart transmission, right: Hybrid LE standart transmission

Other tech details features difference

SE CVT

2.0L / 169hp

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Temporary tire

Hybrid LE

1.8L / 121hp

California LEV 3

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