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by Rine Geaz

Updated: March 22, 2021

XLE vs. SE CVT - [ 2020 B]

Toyota Corolla executive luxury edition and sport edition models comparision

XLE vs. SE CVT exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs SE CVT 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

XLE

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

SE CVT

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

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

Wheels XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Taillights difference

XLE

LED tail and stoplights

SE CVT

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

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

Taillights XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Front grill difference

XLE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE CVT

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Highlighted by its honeycomb mesh grille, Corolla's lower, wider, more aggressive stance stands out for all the right reasons.

Front grill XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other exterior features difference

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

SE CVT

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

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

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

XLE vs. SE CVT interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs SE CVT 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

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 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

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. 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.

Front seats XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other interior features difference

XLE

Available: Ambient lighting

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

SE CVT

Available: Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

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..

XLE vs. SE CVT 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

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 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

Whether you're listening to your favorite playlist or podcast, Corolla's available 800-watt JBL with Clari-Fi speaker system delivers outstanding sound quality to amplify every drive. At the center of the instrument panel, within easy view for the driver and front passenger, sits a high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen for the standard Entune 3.0 multimedia system on all grades except the L grade, which gets a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen.

Audio & Multimedia XLE vs SE CVT  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 CVT standart audio & multimedia (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown)

Instrument cluster difference

XLE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

SE CVT

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

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. With the larger display, the driver can switch between analog and digital speedometer styles.

Instrument cluster XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Steering wheel difference

XLE

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

SE CVT

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

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

Steering wheel XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

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

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

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

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

XLE vs. SE CVT safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

MACADAMIA BEIGE SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE 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)

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

XLE vs. SE CVT 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

CVT

SE CVT

CVT sport

Increased use of micro polishing on gear teeth reduces cabin noise. The key to its distinct performance feel is a physical first gear used for start-off acceleration, before handing off to the CVT’s pulley system.

Transmission XLE vs SE CVT  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other tech details features difference

XLE

1.8L / 139hp

SE CVT

2.0L / 169hp

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