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by Elizabeth Frank

Updated: March 22, 2021

XSE vs. LE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla executive sport edition and luxury edition models comparision

XSE vs. LE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

Celestite 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

For the first time, 18-inch wheels are on the menu, standard on the SE and XSE grades. 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 available Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) provides a wider field of light and steers the low beam in the direction of the turn, based on steering angle and vehicle speed. Distinctive lights. The available Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS) follows your front wheels when you turn for enhanced visibility at night.

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. The sporty grades feature smoked outer light lenses..

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

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

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

Seating materials include standard cloth or, in higher grades, SofTex. The front seats of the XSE and SE grades debut a new design featuring a unique shape with a headrest that nestles into the shoulder area, while the XLE and LE grades offer a seatback with a new U-shaped pattern.

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

Nine speakers. 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. Destination Assist Connect Directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance.

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

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. 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 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. A light touch on either lever gives you lightning-fast gear changes for a more spirited drive.

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

Apple Watch shown. 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

Powertrain and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams, and silencers.

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

Celestite 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

High-speed, high-response gear-shifting technology, using a multiplate wet clutch, switches power from the gearset to the CVT’s belt and pulleys. Because the launch gear is handling the higher input load at launch, the size of the CVT’s belt and pulley components could be reduced, yielding shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster than in a conventional CVT.

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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