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by Anna Gray

Updated: November 09, 2020

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 features 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 LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers. These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents.

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

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 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

Toyota shook up the midsize sedan ranks with the new-generation Camry, and now the compact sedan segment is in for a jolt with the 2020 Corolla sedan.

SE CVT vs. XLE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE CVT 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

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

The front seats of the XSE and SE grades debut a new design featuring a unique shape with a headrest that nestles into the shoulder area, while the XLE and LE grades offer a seatback with a new U-shaped pattern. 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

Dynamic Navigation Provides the most up-to-date map data, routes and POI on its embedded system. And while using Corolla's available Remote Connect app with the Toyota skill for Alexa enabled, you can unlock doors, start the engine, and check the status of your vehicle from your Alexa built-in device at home.

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

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. 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 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. Even your fingertips will feel the difference when you grab hold of Corolla's available leather-wrapped steering 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

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

SE CVT vs. XLE 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)

Features difference

SE CVT

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

XLE

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

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

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

XLE

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

The Direct Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps along with Sport Mode. For those who want to shift for themselves, the 2020 Corolla sedan offers an intriguing choice with the all-new 6-speed iMT (intelligent manual transmission.

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

2.0-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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