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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-29-2019, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Used GT Sport or New N-Line?

Would you get a new N-Line for $23k or a used GT Sport for $16k? Is there enough difference to justify the cost?
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I've been looking at the same options, except in my area the used 2018 sport is around $21K OTD with under 35K miles. So for me, I'm waiting for the new 2020 N-Line to come out bc it will be listed at only a couple hundred more than the prices of the 2019s right now (OTD $25K). Plus there will most likely be great finance offers and cash back bonuses. On my other forum the big difference is raved as the suspension. They all say that once you drive them both you will be in love with the precision of the N Line. The downfall is waiting for the 2020 to come out. It doesn't have a release date yet, but they're predicting late August to early October. Whichever way I have to go (depending on how long my HHR will limp) I definitely will go 2018+ bc the cut off of the previous line ended with 2017, those and earlier have too many little issues that got fixed in 2018. There is no N-Lines within 100 miles of me so I'll be holding out until the end of July to test drive when I go out of state. That will set my decision in stone and if I like it, I'll be waiting for the pre order to hit of the 20s
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I've been looking at the same options, except in my area the used 2018 sport is around $21K OTD with under 35K miles. So for me, I'm waiting for the new 2020 N-Line to come out bc it will be listed at only a couple hundred more than the prices of the 2019s right now (OTD $25K). Plus there will most likely be great finance offers and cash back bonuses. On my other forum the big difference is raved as the suspension. They all say that once you drive them both you will be in love with the precision of the N Line. The downfall is waiting for the 2020 to come out. It doesn't have a release date yet, but they're predicting late August to early October. Whichever way I have to go (depending on how long my HHR will limp) I definitely will go 2018+ bc the cut off of the previous line ended with 2017, those and earlier have too many little issues that got fixed in 2018. There is no N-Lines within 100 miles of me so I'll be holding out until the end of July to test drive when I go out of state. That will set my decision in stone and if I like it, I'll be waiting for the pre order to hit of the 20s
Test drove a 2019 N-Line and loved it, but the dealer sold it out from under me. Also liked the 2018 GT Sport, but that dealer wouldn't honor their advertised price (likely just a ploy to get me to come in). Lots of shady dealers out there...may end up going out of state for a good deal.
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Test drove a 2019 N-Line and loved it, but the dealer sold it out from under me. Also liked the 2018 GT Sport, but that dealer wouldn't honor their advertised price (likely just a ploy to get me to come in). Lots of shady dealers out there...may end up going out of state for a good deal.

I thought I had found an incredible deal on an N w/tech in Maryland, which wasn't but 150 miles away and well worth the drive. Salesman did the same thing, Advertised it as $25k and by the time he added his fees my OTD was $32k. and he wonders why he cant sell it
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I'd like to bring this back from the grave as I'm literally about to make this choice.

The only reason I'd want a 2018 sport over the N-Line(here in Canada) is the blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerting.

Has anyone considered these things and made a choice based them?
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Blind spot monitoring wasn't a deal breaker for me so I went for a N-Line. I think the pros of the N-line (exterior styling, stiffer suspension, stiffer engine mounts, nicer rims etc) outweighed the blind spot monitoring
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Blind spot monitoring wasn't a deal breaker for me so I went for a N-Line. I think the pros of the N-line (exterior styling, stiffer suspension, stiffer engine mounts, nicer rims etc) outweighed the blind spot monitoring

I ended up going with a low mile used 2018. I would loved to have gone with the N-Line but nearly every dealer I tried to work with flaked out. It was starting to tick me off that so many dealers didn't seem to want to sell a car.
15 minutes after completing the paperwork on the 2018 GT Sport a dealer called that they received an N-Line in black. If they had been a half hour earlier they would have gotten a sale. In the end I am happy with my choice and I am probably glad that I dodged the constant maintenance of black paint.
Suspension on the GTS is already pretty tight. I wonder about long term ride comfort with stiffer suspension.
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I'd like to bring this back from the grave as I'm literally about to make this choice.

The only reason I'd want a 2018 sport over the N-Line(here in Canada) is the blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerting.

Has anyone considered these things and made a choice based them?




The N-Line felt nice on a test drive, but that was on freshly paved road. Blind spot monitoring/cross traffic wasn't a deal breaker for me either but having it on my GTS is actually a useful feature. Other subtle differences on the interior: GTS has matte trim around the steering wheel controls, where the N-Line has gloss piano black. Piano black is nice looking but reflects more sun glare. The N-Line has also cut down the amount of red trim on the dash, eliminating it around the center climate controls and start/stop button.

I probably would be driving an N-line today if things hadn't kept getting in the way of the purchase (one dealer selling the car out from under me, another not honoring price quotes, and multiple salesmen going MIA). Apparently an N-line just wasn't meant to be. Eventually I took it as a sign and bought the blue 2018 GTS that had been waiting for me for a couple months.
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I can appreciate the headache of car salesmen. It was a problem for me too.

I ended up buying an Iron Grey Manual N-Line a few weeks ago and love it. I got an aftermarket Blind Spot Monitor installed too, which works pretty well!
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