Difference Between the Toyota SE & LE

by Christopher Nuckolls

Toyota has several models of each vehicle it sells. Some relate to performance, some for aesthetics and comfort, and some for mileage and the environment. The SE and LE models of the Toyota Camry are two of the most popular models in the large Toyota fleet. The SE, or sports edition, features certain performance and cosmetic differences from the LE, or luxury edition.

Performance

Both models offer the same turning radius, anti-lock brakes, basic suspension system, and 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, there are performances differences between the two models. The SE model has a 179-horsepower engine while the LE has a 169-horsepower engine. The SE's sport shocks lower the car about an inch to give the driver a more sporty driving experience.

Cosmetics

The LE model sits noticeably higher than the SE model. The SE also has a blacked-out mesh sport grill, whereas the LE has a standard plastic grill. The SE's front and rear underbody spoilers add to the "sportier" look of the vehicle. Other cosmetic differences are the SE's 17-inch alloy wheels vs. the LE's 16-inch steel rims with hub caps. The SE also has dual chrome-tipped exhaust, smoked trim and fog lamps.

Options

The LE and SE models both have the ability to upgrade their sound system. They also both can upgrade their performance to a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine which gives them 238 horsepower. The SE's options include heated seats, electronically adjustable passenger seat, rear spoiler, heated mirrors, and a voice-activated DVD entertainment center. The SE also has available a "smart key system" which enables drivers to unlock the door and start the car without removing the key from their pocket or purse.

Price

The standard LE model starts at $22,100 for the four-cylinder engine. The six-cylinder LE starts at $24,765. The SE model starts at $23,365 with the six-cylinder version costing $26,040.

Considerations

The SE model is traditionally aimed at a younger crowd or those seeking a "sportier" look. The LE model is more of a "family" sedan and has been sold that way since its inception. Factor in the price before making a purchase as your monthly payments will be different for each model.

About the Author

Based out of Orlando, Fla., Christopher Nuckolls has been writing for more than three years and regularly updates and maintains a satirical blog titled The Magical Mankini. With a degree in psychology from The University of Central Florida he splits his time between writing and training professional fighters.

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