We love manual transmissions. Unfortunately, over the past few years they have become increasingly less common. This has been the result of a combination of factors: Waning public interest, more efficient automatic transmissions, and fading margins. Purists like us will argue that there’s still something magical about rowing your own gears, and while true, it’s hit a point where automatics can do the job faster, heck a slush-box equipped Corvette is quicker than the stick version. Crazy.
While there’s just shy of 100 2018 model year manual-equipped vehicles available on dealer lots, only three of them are pickups and eight are SUVs. It’s a shame, really, but there’s a real chance that we’ll see the manual transmission go extinct in our lifetime.
Fiat 500 and 500X
Jeep Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler
Mini Clubman and Countryman
- Trucks-365 Staff