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Six Family Cars You Can Still Get with a Stick


It's the best way to drive.  We're at little biased here.  But then again, we do this for a living; and driving dozens of cars every year, we can assure you, there is nothing quite like rowing your own as you put a car through its paces. We prefer the manual transmission.  It puts you more in touch with the mechanics of the car.  It puts you more in touch with the road.  It puts you more in touch with the part of your soul that is both stirred and soothed by the act of driving, and doing it well.

But, last year, just six percent of car buyers signed up for it.  Nearly 94 percent of the cars sold in America in 2009 had an automatic transmission (and here we're counting CVTs as automatics.  Disagree if you wish.  We count two pedals). 

Sure, we understand.  You've got family responsibilities now, and there aren't family cars with manuals.  Or you live in the snow belt and need all-wheel-drive...and there aren't any AWD options with sticks.  Or your next car will probably be the one to teach the kids in, and with so many automatics out there it just makes more sense.

But there are.  Sure, some manufacturers have dropped the stick from their high-volume sellers.  But others haven't.  You can get a nice family sedan, even an AWD one, with a manual.  You'll often save money by getting the stick.  And trust us, someday you'll find yourself on an empty, winding road, and you'll be thankful.

Oh, and one final sales pitch -- if you are going to teach the kids to drive in your next car, remember this: they can't text and drive if both hands are busy driving. 

Now, on to the list...

2010 Honda Accord Coupe

2010 Honda Accord Coupe

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Honda Accord

Chevy and Ford have dropped the manual completely from the midsize family car class.  But the Japanese somehow cling to it.  Several trim levels of Accord sedan, from the budget-friendly LX to the well-equipped EX, are available with a five-speed manual.  Every trim level of Accord Coupe is offered with a stick.  Honda clutches are light and easy -- even if you spend time in bumper-to-bumper traffic, you probably won't mind it.


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  1. "Chevy and Ford have dropped the manual completely from the midsize family car class" The 2011 Ford Fusion S or SE with the 2.5L I4 and 6 speed manual, Ford is not out of the midsize manual transmission game.
     
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  2. Maybe in Montana or North Dakota but 94% of us have to deal with traffic, screaming kids, and cups full of coffee :-)
     
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  3. Oh, and if you want to save money on gas in the long run then get auto with your Outback (22/29) as opposed to manual (19/27)
    Not sure why but it's been this way for years now even when they had the the 4-speed sitting in there...
     
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  4. I'm not sure how you are defining family cars; but there are new 2010 Saab 9-3s out there with manuals, and a ton of standard features, for around $20k.
     
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  5. Yeah...thank god Ford has not completely eliminated the option on it's best selling sedan, the Ford Fusion. I hate to say that it is a better looking set a wheels next to the Sonata but that falls within the eyes of the beholder.
     
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  6. I love the 2010 Honda Accord Sedan car.It's really a much cute and very attractive car.It's looking very stylish.The cars seems to get a great reviews.That is stunning for a family car.Excellent features with great functionality and design.So overall it's very nice car.Thanks for sharing this.....
     
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