They say the manual transmission is dying, and there may be some truth to that. But not without reason. The fact is, modern automatics (in particular DSG gearboxes) aren't just as efficient, as fast, or as good as manuals. Objectively, they're better. Sorry, fellow Luddites... that's just how it is. Turns out, computers are pretty good at controlling machines.
Add to that the fact that most American kids raised in the last 25 years have never even seen a manual gearbox, and it seems almost certain that the manual transmission isn't long for this world. Fortunately, there are other places on this big rock we call Earth, and lots of drivers still enjoy actually driving the thing they're driving. Hence, these new manual cars that still come with a stick shift.Makes you wonder though... do you think those same automatic kids will bemoan the loss of steering wheels when self-driving cars take over? Probably. But for those of us cavemen still stuck in the days of doing things for yourself, a few companies still care about offering us the tools to do it. Vote up the new cars with manual transmissions that you'd like to drive.
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