Six Family Cars You Can Still Get with a Stick Page 2

October 4, 2010
2010 Toyota Camry

2010 Toyota Camry

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Toyota Camry

Yes, the other big-selling Japanese midsize sedan is also available with a six-speed manual transmission, though it may be a bit harder to find one at your local Toyota dealership.  It's available on most Camry trims (though not the top-of-the-line XLE), and gains you 1 mpg on the highway. The Camry may not have a reputation as a sporty car, but get the stick, and you can enjoy the back way to work more than you might think in one of these.

2011 Hyundai Sonata

2011 Hyundai Sonata

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Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai has been a bit more conservative with its excellent new Sonata, offering a six-speed stick only on the bargain-hunter's GLS version.  But if you're shopping for a family car under $20k, this should be on your list.  It has a surprising amount of thrust, thanks to lightweight construction, and niceties like standard Bluetooth and satellite radio make even this base edition feel a bit upscale.

2010 Subaru Legacy

2010 Subaru Legacy

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Subaru Legacy

Even where mother nature does winter like she means it, you can still enjoy the connection between car and driver that only a manual transmission offers.  Subaru's six-speed is a sporty number, with the sort of crisp, short throws you expect in a German sport sedan.  It's available for budget shopper, in the 2.5i, for those with more luxury in mind, in the 2.5i Premium, and for those who love to drive, in the turbcharged GT model.

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