For me, the exterior styling alone would be enough to choose the GT over the ES. Just cannot get over the ruined styling of the '19+ Sport.
Thanks, mightar. Not a fan of hatchbacks, and the Elantra GT is also more expensive. And the Civic Si (even more expensive) doesn't have an option for automatic transmission. Most of my cars have been sticks, but Bay Area and LA stop & go traffic (which will account for the majority of my time behind the wheel) have given me a strong preference for AT daily drivers.If you're wanting a new vehicle, I'd go for the Forte GT, although I would seriously consider the Elantra GT N line and the new Civic Si. For the latter, Honda restyled it enough for me to consider it now and they finally have the LED headlights and the volume knob.
Personally I'd always get a used vehicle - much better to have someone else take the depreciation hit. All the vehicles I have ever owned has been bought used (includes certified pre-owned) although for brands like Hyundai, that depreciation discount will be a lot less.
I was also posting at the same time about why the GT N-Line isn't really a contender for me. But, I do like to explore all options, so I will check it out.What I would add to the list:
- active cruise control (do not believe this is available in 20 ES, at least not in Canadaland)
- power driver seat
- ambient interior lighting
- standard centre console rear vent
- trunk lid actually opens up all the way (partial opening on 17-18 ES, cannot comment on 20 model)
- on the negative side, lack of temporary spare or jack, only repair kit is available
Personally, I would get the ventilated seats from the start, but this is my opinion only. If I was in the market today for a car, I would choose Forte GT over ES.
What about Elantra GT N-Line (or i30 N-Line as called in other markets)? It is a different car vs ES as it was primarily designed for the European market.
PS: nevermind about the GT N-Line, mightar's post appeared as I was writing this. You should take it for a spin regardless IMO.
Well, if your sidewall is done, so are you. Until help arrives at least. There is normal space under the trunk floor for temporary spare/jack - you should be able to pick-up foam insert/tire/jack from a junkyard off used Elantra AD. Spare tire rim fitment would need to be checked first due to larger brakes on GT/ES (must clear the brake caliper).A lack of spare tire is troubling - what happens if you have sidewall damage? Do tow trucks carry spare tires now? Is there even space for a spare if I wanted to buy one? This is a new concept to me. (I imagine this is part of why the GT weighs less than the ES.)
Forte was new in 2019, shouldn't change very much for '21.Kia is redoing the body style for 2021 as is Hyundai. I like the 2021 Hyundai Elantra n line. Picture got released today, check them out.
It is similar to how Hyundai changed just after two years with the Elantra is 2019. My understanding is that the Forte changes will are it look like the new K5 design.Forte was new in 2019, shouldn't change very much for '21.
Intriguing except for the auto trans and torsion beam rear suspension.Saw a gt for the first time today. Looked nice. I find the mazda3 turbo awd very intriguing