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by Rine Geaz

Updated: November 09, 2020

SE CVT vs. L - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla sport edition and entry level models comparision

SE CVT vs. L exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Classic Silver Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Headlights difference

SE CVT

High-grade LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

L

LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

The available Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) provides a wider field of light and steers the low beam in the direction of the turn, based on steering angle and vehicle speed. Enhanced efficiency. The slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deeply into the front fenders and give the Corolla sedan a steely stare and a distinct nighttime signature.

Headlights SE CVT vs L  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart headlights, right: L standart headlights (a same feature from LE model shown)

Taillights difference

SE CVT

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

L

LED tail and stoplights

The sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses.. The rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders.

Taillights SE CVT vs L  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart taillights, right: L standart taillights (a same feature from LE model shown)

Front grill difference

SE CVT

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

L

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 L  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart front grill, right: L standart front grill (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown)

Other exterior features difference

SE CVT

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

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

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

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

L

15-in. styled steel wheels and P195/65R15 tires

Color-keyed power outside mirrors

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

SE CVT vs. L interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Features difference

SE CVT

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

Available: Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

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

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

Two front and two rear cup holders

L

Fabric-trimmed 6-way adjustable driver's seat and 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

60/40 split fold-down rear seat

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

SE CVT vs. L multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Instrument cluster

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

Features difference

SE CVT

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

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

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

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

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

Front and Console USB 2.0 ports

L

Audio — includes 6 speakers, 7-in. touch-screen

Intermittent windshield wipers

Tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter

Front USB 2.0 port

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 CVT vs. L safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE 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)

Features difference

SE CVT

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

L

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 CVT vs. L tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Classic Silver Metallic 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

SE CVT

Dynamic-Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with physical First-launch gear

L

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

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. 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 CVT vs L  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart transmission, right: L standart transmission (a same feature from LE model shown)

Other tech details features difference

SE CVT

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

L

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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