Manual Transmissions

Your Next Vehicle Is More Likely To Have A CVT: Here’s Why
Your Next Vehicle Is More Likely To Have A CVT: Here’s Why

Like it or not: Nearly every new vehicle—we're talking around 95 percent—has an automatic transmission of some sort. And manual transmissions are rare today, except among a few performance-oriented models. That's the obvious. What might not be so apparent to new-car shoppers is that the...Read More»

2013 Fiat 500c Abarth
Fiat 500 Abarth Gets Automatic Transmission To Woo Female Shoppers

The launch of the Fiat 500 didn't go as smoothly as some had hoped. First, Chrysler dealers had to build special showrooms for the new model, since CEO Sergio Marchionne didn't want Fiats sold alongside other Chrysler brands. That slowed the rollout process. Then came the ads, featuring spokesmodel...Read More»

2013 Dodge Dart
Why Isn't The Dodge Dart Selling?

When the all-new Dodge Dart debuted at last year's Detroit Auto Show, the media was excited. It marked the revival of a once-loved nameplate and the first major collaboration between Chrysler and its new Italian owners (since the Dart is based on a Fiat platform). And for a reasonably priced...Read More»

2013 Hyundai Sonata
2013 Hyundai Sonata Loses Manual Gearbox, Gains Features

Full details are out for the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, and while it's offering improved equipment for the new model year, the manual gearbox has been been thrown out of the mix completely. The Sonata is only the latest in a trend that we've been seeing now for many years. Mid-size sedans used to offer...Read More»

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The Stick Is Back: Shoppers Shift To Manual Transmissions

According to the Detroit Free Press, out of 2,360 auto models on sale in America, just 19% offer a manual transmission option. That's down from 29% in 2007. Worse, a couple of weeks ago, we told you that just 4% of cars in showrooms come equipped with stick shifts. For driving fans, that was sad...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
Only 1 In 25 New Cars Has A Manual Gearbox Now: Why?

Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars. On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes. The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News. Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive...Read More»

2006 Honda CR-V
2006 Honda CR-V And 2011 Honda CR-Z Recalled

Honda has issued two very different recalls for two very different vehicles: the 2006 Honda CR-V and the 2011 Honda CR-Z. Combined, the two recalls affect nearly 86,000 vehicles on U.S. roadways. The 2006 CR-V's problems center around the power window master switch. Due to a design flaw, the...Read More»

MINI manual transmission discount
MINI Tries To Save Stick-Shifts With $500 Discount

Once upon a time, mastering a stick-shift was a teenage rite of passage. Today, though, it's tougher to find rides with manual transmissions, and the allure of the stick seems to be fading. MINI wants to change that by offering customers a discount on select manual models through the month of...Read More»

2006 Mazda Miata
Young Drivers Master The Manual, Thanks To Hagerty Insurance

There’s been a lot of press lately over the demise of the manual transmission, with some fighting tooth and nail to retain the row-it-yourself gearbox and others seemingly indifferent about its passing. On cars equipped with a dual-clutch automatic transmission (like Porsche’s PDK, or...Read More»

2012 Cadillac CTS 2-door Coupe Premium RWD Gear Shift
2012 Cadillac CTS Models Lose Shift-It-Yourself Option

When Cadillac launched the CTS Sedan, and later the CTS Coupe, they presented the cars as a viable option to European sport sedans and coupes. Part of Cadillac’s marketing strategy was to offer CTS sedan or coupe models with either a manual or an automatic transmission, just as buyers of BMW...Read More»

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