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by Robert Smith

Updated: March 22, 2021

XLE vs. SE Nightshade Edition - [ 2020 A]

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

XLE vs. SE Nightshade Edition exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition exterior common features

Shared features in both models:

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Wheels difference

XLE

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

SE Nightshade Edition

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

The Corolla sedan transformation continues where the rubber meets the road. For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades.

Wheels XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Taillights difference

XLE

LED tail and stoplights

SE Nightshade Edition

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. All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade.

Taillights XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Front grill difference

XLE

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

SE Nightshade Edition

Sport mesh black front grille with black bumper and surround

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 Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Exterior details difference

XLE

Color-keyed outside door handles

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

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

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 XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Outside mirrors difference

XLE

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

SE Nightshade Edition

Black heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Outside mirrors XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other exterior features difference

XLE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

SE Nightshade Edition

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

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

XLE vs. SE Nightshade Edition interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition 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 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

These changes, along with the reconfigured lower beltline, slimmer instrument panel, slimmer A-pillars, and repositioned side view mirrors, result in more expansive outward visibility. Positioning the driver’s hip point 0.98-in. lower and 1.57-in. further rearward yields an optimized driving position.

Front seats XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other interior features difference

XLE

Available: Ambient lighting

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

SE Nightshade Edition

The cockpit provides an engaging interior space that surrounds the driver while offering a spacious environment for all passengers.

XLE vs. SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

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

Nine speakers. Available with Entune 3.0 Premium Audio. JBL Audio system highlights include: - JBL is available in the Corolla for the first time in over 10 years - Next-Generation HID8 amplifier creates 800-watts of total power - Free-standing horn tweeters located in the A-pillar at ear level for optimal high-frequency performance - 6.7-inch door subwoofers for powerful deep-bass response - Sealed inner door panels promote cleaner, more powerful bass - Midrange speakers provide full-range sound for rear passengers - Clari-Fi technology analyzes, rebuilds, and restores audio signals that were lost in the digital compression process Featured apps for Entune systems include: - Safety Connect® In the event of an accident or other emergency, assistance can be dispatched directly to the vehicle’s GPS location.

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

Instrument cluster difference

XLE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

SE Nightshade Edition

4.2-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

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

Instrument cluster XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Steering wheel difference

XLE

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

SE Nightshade Edition

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

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 XLE vs SE Nightshade Edition  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XLE standart steering wheel, right: SE Nightshade Edition 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 Nightshade Edition

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

Combine all that with Corolla sedan’s quieter powertrain, and it’s one tranquil ride..

XLE vs. SE Nightshade Edition 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)

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 Nightshade Edition 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

Features difference

XLE

1.8L / 139hp

CVT

SE Nightshade Edition

2.0L / 169hp

CVT sport

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