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by Paul Martin

Updated: November 09, 2020

XLE vs. SE (6MT) - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla executive luxury edition and sport edition with mechanic transmission models comparision

XLE vs. SE (6MT) exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blueprint 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE Exterior photo

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

XLE

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

SE (6MT)

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

These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades.

Wheels XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart wheels, right: SE (6MT) standart wheels (a same feature from XSE model shown)

Taillights difference

XLE

LED tail and stoplights

SE (6MT)

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

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 XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart taillights, right: SE (6MT) standart taillights (a same feature from SE CVT model shown)

Outside mirrors difference

XLE

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

SE (6MT)

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Outside mirrors XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart outside mirrors (a same feature from XSE model shown), right: SE (6MT) standart outside mirrors

Other exterior features difference

XLE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE (6MT)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

The design team called its working concept “shooting robust,” because they were shooting for a robust, confidence-inspiring stance.

XLE vs. SE (6MT) interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs SE (6MT) 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

Moonroof. Panoramic roof

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

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

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

SE (6MT)

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

Redesigned top to bottom, the mixed-media sport seats with SofTex bolsters and premium fabric inserts work together to make you feel comfortable and in control behind the wheel. This major departure from a conventional square seatback design creates a sense of youthful, sporty appeal while improving comfort.

Front seats XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart front seats, right: SE (6MT) standart front seats

Other interior features difference

XLE

Available: Ambient lighting

SE (6MT)

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

XLE vs. SE (6MT) multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE Interior photo

Shared features in both models:

Windshield

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Steering wheel

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

Car access & Remote Control

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

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

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

SE (6MT)

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

Dynamic Navigation Provides the most up-to-date map data, routes and POI on its embedded system. Destination Assist Connect Directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance.

Audio & Multimedia XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen, right: SE (6MT) standart audio & multimedia (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown)

Instrument cluster difference

XLE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

SE (6MT)

4.2-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. Large, colorful and, most importantly, practical, Corolla Hybrid's instrument cluster 7-in. MID screen brings safety alerts, vehicle health information and more into your line of sight while you drive.

Instrument cluster XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart instrument cluster, right: SE (6MT) standart instrument cluster (a same feature from LE model shown)

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

XLE

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

SE (6MT)

The inner and outer dash silencers are thicker.

XLE vs. SE (6MT) safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE Interior photo

Features difference

XLE

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

SE (6MT)

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

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.

XLE vs. SE (6MT) tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Blueprint 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

XLE

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

SE (6MT)

6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT)

The new Dynamic-Shift CVT (continuously variable transmission) combines the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a CVT with a more direct driving feel of a traditional geared automatic. 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 XLE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart transmission (a same feature from LE model shown), right: SE (6MT) standart transmission

Other tech details features difference

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

SE (6MT)

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

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