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by Lilly Steffen

Updated: March 22, 2021

XLE vs. SE CVT - [ 2020 A]

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 XLE grade gets new 16-inch alloy wheels with three-dimensional twisted spokes. The available 18-in. machined alloy wheels, the largest ever offered for Corolla, add to its unapologetic profile.

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

All 2020 Corolla sedan models use LEDs, the type and style varying by model grade. The rear leaves a distinct lighting impression as well, with narrow combination lamps that wrap deeply into the fenders.

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

The design team called its working concept “shooting robust,” because they were shooting for a robust, confidence-inspiring stance.

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

Seating materials include standard cloth or, in higher grades, SofTex. 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.

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

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

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

With the Toyota+Alexa app, you can ask to play music, control smart home devices, find parking and more—Alexa will respond instantly. Remote Connect Can lock and unlock doors, start the engine, locate the vehicle in a parking lot and monitor guest drivers.

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. 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 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

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 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

What you don’t get in the 2020 Corolla sedan is noise.

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

The new Dynamic-Shift CVT (continuously variable transmission) combines the smooth, fuel-efficient performance of a CVT with a more direct driving feel of a traditional geared automatic. Increased use of micro polishing on gear teeth reduces cabin noise.

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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