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by Rine Geaz

Updated: November 09, 2020

XSE vs. XLE - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla executive sport edition and executive luxury edition models comparision

XSE vs. XLE exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE vs XLE exterior features 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

Outside mirrors

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

Wheels difference

XSE

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

XLE

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. These multi-spoke alloys get their great looks from a complex machining technique paired with deep surfacing and dark accents.

Wheels XSE vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart wheels, right: XLE standart wheels

Taillights difference

XSE

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

XLE

LED tail and stoplights

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

Taillights XSE vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart taillights, right: XLE standart taillights

Other exterior features difference

XSE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

XLE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Black front grille with sport mesh insert

That’s why people buy sedans, after all..

XSE vs. XLE interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE vs XLE 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

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

Rear seats

60/40 split fold-down rear seat with center armrest and two cup holders

Storage

Two front and two rear cup holders

Features difference

XSE

Available: Ambient lighting

XLE

Available: Ambient lighting

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. XLE multimedia & convinience

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE vs XLE multimedia & convinience common features

Shared features in both models:

Audio & Multimedia

Audio Plus—includes 8-in. touch-screen, Sirius XM, HD Radio

Instrument cluster

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

Windshield

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

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

XSE

Available: Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

XLE

Available: Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

Topping the range is Entune 3.0 Audio Premium that’s optional on XSE and XLE. 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 XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen, right: XLE available Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL w/Clari-Fi— includes 9 speakers, subwoofer and amplifier, 8-in. touch-screen

Steering wheel difference

XSE

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

XLE

Leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel

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 XSE vs XLE  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

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

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

XSE

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

XLE

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

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

XSE vs. XLE 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

XLE

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. XLE 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

Features difference

XSE

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

Dynamic-Shift Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with physical First-launch gear

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

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

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