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by Elizabeth Frank

Updated: August 09, 2021

XSE vs. LE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla executive sport edition and luxury edition models comparision

XSE vs. LE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Black Sand Pearl 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Wheels difference

XSE

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

LE

16-in. wide-vent steel wheels and P205/55R16 tires

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

The available 18-in. machined alloy wheels, the largest ever offered for Corolla, add to its unapologetic profile. The Corolla sedan transformation continues where the rubber meets the road.

Wheels XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart wheels, right: LE standart wheels

Headlights difference

XSE

High-grade LED headlights

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

LE

LED headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

The slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deeply into the front fenders and give the Corolla sedan a steely stare and a distinct nighttime signature. Distinctive lights. Enhanced efficiency.

Headlights XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE available Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), right: LE standart headlights

Taillights difference

XSE

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

LE

LED tail and stoplights

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 XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart taillights, right: LE standart taillights

Front grill difference

XSE

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

LE

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 XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Outside mirrors difference

XSE

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

LE

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors

Available: Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with blind spot warning indicators

Outside mirrors XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart outside mirrors, right: LE standart outside mirrors (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown)

Other exterior features difference

XSE

Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

LE

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

XSE vs. LE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE vs LE 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

XSE

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

LE

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

The result not only improves comfort, but also helps to lower the vehicle’s center of gravity and improves front/rear weight distribution. From behind the wheel, the 2020 Corolla sedan feels quite different than its predecessor.

Front seats XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart front seats, right: LE standart front seats

Other interior features difference

XSE

Available: Ambient lighting

Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

LE

Available: Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade

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

XSE vs. LE 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

XSE

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

LE

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

Also available on the SE CVT is Entune 3.0 Audio Plus with JBL. Cast onto an available large 8-in. in-dash display and available 800-watt JBL nine-speaker system and you'll find even more reasons to take the long way home.

Audio & Multimedia XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart audio & multimedia, right: LE standart audio & multimedia (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown)

Instrument cluster difference

XSE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

LE

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. 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 XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart instrument cluster, right: LE standart instrument cluster

Steering wheel difference

XSE

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

LE

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 XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart steering wheel, right: LE standart steering wheel

Car access & Remote Control difference

XSE

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

LE

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

When your key fob is in your pocket or bag, the available Smart Key System lets you unlock the doors and trunk, plus start the engine with the push of a button. Remotely locate your Corolla in a crowded lot, start the engine and more with the available Remote Connect app that works with your Apple Watch and other smart devices.

Car access & Remote Control XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart car access & remote control (a same feature from XLE model shown), right: LE 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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

XSE

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

LE

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

XSE vs. LE 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

XSE

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

LE

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.

XSE vs. LE tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Black Sand Pearl 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

XSE

CVT sport

LE

CVT

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. New control logic improves acceleration feel when starting off, and improved shift feel makes this a stick shift you want to use.

Transmission XSE vs LE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other tech details features difference

XSE

2.0L / 169hp

LE

1.8L / 139hp

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