Curious what others here think about the newer 2019/20 Corolla sedan and HB...one of my other choices besides the ES was a 2020 Corolla SE 6MT in Celestite Gray. I do like the styling of the hatch, BUT it had some deal breakers like no moonroof and a super small cargo area. However, there's never been a stylish Corolla ever (AE86s don't count since no one buys them for their looks). The HB looks better than the sedan, however, the SE 6MT sedan comes with the moonroof, but that's it, which pales in comparison to the fully loaded nature of the ES. The HB is made in Japan, and the sedan from my search, has production both in Japan and US. However, the 169 HP motor seems just too anemic at this point for the sport compact segment, but fine for most Big T fanboys since the hatch seems pretty popular enough that there's decent aftermarket parts available.
As a Toyota fan, no one asked for the Corolla Apex Edition because everyone is eagerly waiting for the GR Corolla, coming on the heels of the forbidden GR Yaris. I did check one at my local dealer while getting my Corolla serviced before it sold, and the asking price of $26K (same as Civic Si) is bonkers for just a few more suspension bits and a wang like the Camry TRD and no extra HP (Apex models are all US made, none made in Japan from my search too).