As the calendar flips into 2017, manufacturers are busy celebrating positive sales numbers. On pace to sell nearly two million vehicles, the Canadian market has been good to automakers this year. Out of all that new metal leaving the showroom floor, though—an alarmingly small number are equipped with a manual transmission.
I buy the argument being made by many manufacturers that modern automatic transmissions are more efficient and quicker-shifting than ever, particularly the high performance dual-clutch units which can rip off upshifts with more precision than any human being.
Still, the act of rowing your own gears undeniably provides a level of driver engagement simply not offered by an automatic transmission of any type. Plus, a manual transmission is a great theft deterrent because most crack-addled car thieves are too hazy-eyed to fathom the H-pattern on top of a shifter knob.
Young drivers (and their parents!) take note: if you can drive a stick, your friends will automatically assume you’re a good driver. Get your clutch foot ready—we’re about to shift our way through a list of ten new cars available only with a manual transmission.
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