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by Paul Martin

Updated: August 09, 2021

SE Nightshade Edition vs. XLE - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla sport edition with black color accents and executive luxury edition models comparision

SE Nightshade Edition vs. XLE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition vs XLE exterior common features

Shared features in both models:

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Wheels difference

SE Nightshade Edition

18-in. black-painted alloy wheels and P225/40R18 tires

XLE

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

For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades. The LE grade rides on 16-inch steel wheels with covers.

Wheels SE Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE Nightshade Edition standart wheels, right: XLE standart wheels

Taillights difference

SE Nightshade Edition

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 rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders.

Taillights SE Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE Nightshade Edition standart taillights (a same feature from SE CVT model shown), right: XLE standart taillights

Front grill difference

SE Nightshade Edition

Sport mesh black front grille with black bumper and surround

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 Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Exterior details difference

SE Nightshade Edition

Black outside door handles

Black-painted sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

Black roof-mounted shark-fin antenna and window trim

Blacked-out Corolla, SE and Toyota badging

XLE

Color-keyed outside door handles

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

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 Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE Nightshade Edition standart exterior details, right: XLE standart exterior details (a same feature from LE model shown)

Outside mirrors difference

SE Nightshade Edition

Black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

XLE

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

Outside mirrors SE Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE Nightshade Edition standart outside mirrors, right: XLE standart outside mirrors (a same feature from XSE model shown)

Other exterior features difference

SE Nightshade Edition

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

XLE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

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

SE Nightshade Edition vs. XLE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

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

This major departure from a conventional square seatback design creates a sense of youthful, sporty appeal while improving comfort. 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 Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE Nightshade Edition standart front seats (a same feature from SE (6MT) model shown), right: XLE standart front seats

Compared to the previous Corolla sedan, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are all lowered to increase visibility and create the interior’s open feel..

SE Nightshade Edition vs. XLE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE 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 Nightshade Edition

Audio — includes 6 speakers, 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

Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, standard on XSE, XLE and optional on SE CVT, adds an HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect, and Remote Connect. The center stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, and Entune 3.0 apps.

Audio & Multimedia SE Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: SE Nightshade Edition standart audio & multimedia (a same feature from Hybrid LE 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 Nightshade Edition

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

XLE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

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. 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 Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Steering wheel difference

SE Nightshade Edition

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

XLE

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

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

Steering wheel SE Nightshade Edition vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

SE Nightshade Edition

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

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 Nightshade Edition vs. XLE 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 Nightshade Edition

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

XLE

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

SE Nightshade Edition vs. XLE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Black Sand Pearl 2020 Toyota Corolla SE Nightshade Edition Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Features difference

SE Nightshade Edition

2.0L / 169hp

CVT sport

XLE

1.8L / 139hp

CVT

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