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by Anna Gray

Updated: March 22, 2021

SE CVT vs. XLE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla sport edition and executive luxury edition models comparision

SE CVT vs. XLE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT vs XLE 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

XLE

16-in. alloy wheels and P205/55R16 tires

The available 18-in. machined alloy wheels, the largest ever offered for Corolla, add to its unapologetic profile. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades.

Wheels SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Taillights difference

SE CVT

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 sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses..

Taillights SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart taillights, right: XLE standart taillights

Front grill difference

SE CVT

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

XLE

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 XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

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

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

XLE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

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

Yet, they had to maintain ample space for practical, real-world use.

SE CVT vs. XLE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT 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

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

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

Positioning the driver’s hip point 0.98-in. lower and 1.57-in. further rearward yields an optimized driving position. The result not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution.

Front seats SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT standart front seats, right: XLE standart front seats

Other interior features difference

SE CVT

Available: Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

XLE

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

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

SE CVT vs. XLE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Shared features in both models:

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

Audio & Multimedia 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

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

Destination Assist Connect Directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance. Apple CarPlay works with your iPhone so you can get directions, send messages or make calls with your voice through Siri Eyes Free, and listen to music all while staying focused on your drive.

Audio & Multimedia SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE CVT (a same feature from SE (6MT) 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 CVT

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

XLE

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. A neat instrument panel lends an open, harmonious feeling thanks to its slimmer upper surface, with character lines that interlock with the door trim to convey an airy atmosphere.

Instrument cluster SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Steering wheel difference

SE CVT

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

XLE

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

A light touch on either lever gives you lightning-fast gear changes for a more spirited drive. Corolla's available mounted paddle shifters let you shift gears without letting go of the wheel.

Steering wheel SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

SE CVT

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

XLE

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

What you don’t get in the 2020 Corolla sedan is noise.

SE CVT vs. XLE safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

LIGHT GRAY MOONSTONE FABRIC in 2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT 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

XLE

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. XLE 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

CVT sport

XLE

CVT

The Direct Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps along with Sport Mode. Standard Hill-start Assist Control (also on the CVT models), helps prevent the dreaded roll-back when starting off on an incline Corolla's available 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) features close-ratio gears down low for spirited acceleration and taller gears up top for optimized fuel economy while cruising.

Transmission SE CVT vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other tech details features difference

SE CVT

2.0L / 169hp

XLE

1.8L / 139hp

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