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Updated: March 22, 2021

XSE vs. SE (6MT) - [ 2020 A]

Toyota Corolla executive sport edition and sport edition with mechanic transmission models comparision

XSE vs. SE (6MT) exterior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE vs SE (6MT) exterior common features

Shared features in both models:

Wheels

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

Headlights

High-grade LED headlights

Headlights

LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) accent lighting

Taillights

LED tail and stoplights with smoked sport trim

Front grill

Sport mesh dark gray metallic front grille

Exterior details

Color-keyed outside door handles

Exterior details

Color-keyed roof-mounted shark-fin antenna

Exhaust

Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

Exterior details difference

XSE

Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and rear spoiler

SE (6MT)

Dark gray metallic sport side rocker panels and color-keyed rear spoiler

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 XSE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart exterior details, right: SE (6MT) standart exterior details (a same feature from SE CVT model shown)

Outside mirrors difference

XSE

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

SE (6MT)

Color-keyed heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators

Outside mirrors XSE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart outside mirrors, right: SE (6MT) standart outside mirrors

Other exterior features difference

XSE

Available: Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS)

SE (6MT)

Powerful fender flares and generously curved fender top surfaces accent its sculpted, athletic core.

XSE vs. SE (6MT) interior

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Toyota Corolla XSE vs SE (6MT) interior 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

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

SE (6MT)

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

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. 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.

Front seats XSE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart front seats, right: SE (6MT) standart front seats

Other interior features difference

XSE

Available: Ambient lighting

SE (6MT)

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. SE (6MT) 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

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

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 (6MT)

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

Dynamic Navigation Provides the most up-to-date map data, routes and POI on its embedded system. At the center of the instrument panel, within easy view for the driver and front passenger, sits a high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen for the standard Entune 3.0 multimedia system on all grades except the L grade, which gets a 7-inch multimedia touchscreen.

Audio & Multimedia XSE vs SE (6MT)  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: SE (6MT) standart audio & multimedia (a same feature from Hybrid LE model shown)

Instrument cluster difference

XSE

7-in. color TFT Multi-Information Display

SE (6MT)

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. Featuring rich graphics, the easy-to-read MID can be custom configured by the driver and offers intuitive operation to access information for the audio and multimedia systems, navigation system, vehicle information including fuel efficiency and tire pressure, the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and other important parameters and system settings.

Instrument cluster XSE vs SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart instrument cluster, right: SE (6MT) standart instrument cluster (a same feature from LE model shown)

Steering wheel difference

XSE

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

SE (6MT)

Leather-trimmed 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 SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart steering wheel, right: SE (6MT) standart steering wheel (a same feature from XLE model shown)

Other multimedia & convinience features difference

XSE

Available: Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging

SE (6MT)

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

XSE vs. SE (6MT) safety & driving

2020 Toyota Corolla

BLUE BLACK SOFTEX in 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Interior photo

Features difference

XSE

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Normal and Sport driving modes

Sport Mode

SE (6MT)

Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) with 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.

XSE vs. SE (6MT) tech details

2020 Toyota Corolla

Celestite 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE Exterior photo

Shared features in both models:

Engine

2.0L / 169hp

Mechanical

Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II)

Mechanical

Temporary tire

Transmission difference

XSE

CVT sport

SE (6MT)

iMT

Sedan buyer trends are shifting, and the 2020 Corolla sedan is right there with them. 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 SE (6MT)  comparision 2020 Toyota Corolla

left: XSE standart transmission (a same feature from SE CVT model shown), right: SE (6MT) standart transmission

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