Want a Manual Transmission? Your Choices are Limited
Despite how much they're loved by enthusiasts, not many people buy manual transmissions in the United States. An overwhelming 96 percent of vehicles sold in the US have automatic transmissions making the chances of finding one in the car you love a tough proposition. They are out there, however, you just have to look. Manual transmission are generally offered in only select trims and not across the whole model line except in a few instances. In some cars, like the Buick Verano, you'll only find one in the Premium Turbo Group which adds an extra $8,240 to the sticker and reduces fuel economy. Others, like the Dodge Dart, offer it as standard in every trim. RELATED: See Photos of the 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop
You'll find manual options in every segment from sedans to SUVs to luxury cars, but what you won't find are many American options. On the list of 80 manual transmission vehicles available today, only 30 percent are American. Once you get into luxury car territory, only one American car, the Cadillac ATS/ATS-V, makes the list.
Once a segment loaded with manuals, these days there are only five pickup trucks available with manual transmissions. The list includes the Tacoma, Colorado, and Canyon, but you won't find the Ford F-150 on the list. It might be the best-selling truck in the country, but not for manual drivers. You can read the full list of vehicles over at CarTalk and see if there's one that could be your new ride.
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