Originally Posted by Want2retire
Marty, thanks for the report! I'll bet the 4 cylinder has a lot more "get up and go" than one might expect and that would be my choice, were I buying a car today.
Interesting that it has different seats than the LE! Seat comfort is so important. And a different engine? Wow.
The SE 4 cyl. engine has 179 hp, which is 10 or 11 more than the LE 4 cyl. at 168. It's no racehorse, but it's pretty peppy. I can tell the difference between my wife's LE 4 cyl. & this one, and there's definitely a positive difference in the handling. I'd need to set the two cars side by side for a complete comparison on the seats, but the stitching is different between the '10 SE & the LE, and it could just be me, but it seems to me the seat is possibly a little firmer. Could just be me, though. After my drive through the Wisconsin countryside today, I'm thoroughly happy with my purchase. I'm glad I chose the SE over the LE. The redesign of the '10 engines over last year's models seems to be a big improvement. My wife's LE, which has the same engine & transmission as the '09 has some hesitation at takeoff, which 2 Toyota dealers told me was normal and there was nothing they could do, just part of the design. It's a little irritating. I was happy to find that particular issue has been eliminated with the 2010 model engine & also, the new 6 speed automatic transmission that's standard this year. Seems like a really good combination. The engine's smooth running too.
Oh yeah, almost forgot, the SE comes standard with 17" alloy wheels/tires, while the LE has 16's. I like the car sitting a little taller, since I'm kinda tall & it helps me getting in/out. I think it looks a little better with the 17's. The front mesh style blackout grille & the fog lamps really set it apart, too, as far as I'm concerned.