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2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs XSE

In combination with a full bumper-to-bumper redesign, the 2020 Toyota Corolla lineup also got a few adjustments. The largest adjustment being a brand-new hybrid trim for drivers who prioritize fuel economy. While the base trims of the 2020 Corolla offer more style and features than ever before, drivers looking for a truly premium feel will want to head for the XLE and XSE trims that offer generous upgrades without raising the starting price out of reach.

To help prospective drivers find their best fit, we have compared the 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE and XSE trims below. Keep reading to learn more about each configuration. Then, head to the Ackerman Toyota online inventory pages to start shopping for your new ride!

split screen images of the 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE vs XSE

2020 Toyota Corolla XLE


2020 Toyota Corolla XSE

$23,950 Starting MSRP $25,450
1.8L Four-Cylinder Engine 2.0L Four-Cylinder
139 hp Horsepower 169 hp
Standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 Standard

What are the main differences between the XLE and XSE trims?

The XLE and XSE trims on the 2020 Toyota Corolla are premium offerings and both will deliver drivers plenty of the class-leading amenities they are looking for. In fact, when it comes to amenities like a moonroof, automatic climate control, heated seats, and active safety, the XLE and XSE configurations offer about the same package. So, what sets them apart?

The largest difference between the two trims is power and handling. The more-expensive XSE trim comes equipped with an upgraded 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a dynamic-shift continuously variable transmission that delivers about 30 extra horsepower for some serious zip. It also offers a variety of sporty performance-focused amenities including a trim-specific grille, LED accent lighting, sport side rocker panels and a rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a chrome-tipped exhaust.

If a premium feel and class-leading amenities are what you are after, the 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE trim should offer everything you crave. Drivers who love to put a lot of miles under their tires even when they have no place to go may be interested in the upgraded handling of the XSE trim.

To really experience the difference between these two trims you will want to get behind the wheel. Connect with the Ackerman Toyota team in person or online via the form below to set up a test drive with each configuration to see which one is most appealing to you.