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I grew up in a country (region even) where a manual transmission is considered the norm. I even taught a few people back in the day how to drive an automatic. “Do not put your left foot anywhere near the pedals…ever”.  In the U.S, it’s the opposite, and I’ve even shown a few people how to drive with a stick. In the land of convenience, why on earth would you deal with the nuisance of using your left foot and right arm to shift gear? Especially now given that a lot of automatic transmission cars can equal or even better the gas mileage of a manual. Then there’s the technology, an automatic can shift gears even faster than humanly possible. For example, when I test drove the  475 hp Dodge Durango SRT, putting it in ‘Track’ mode presents gear shifts at 160 milliseconds. That right there is an insanely fast and aggressive gear change. But sometimes,  isn’t it just more fun to do it for yourself? To feel connected to the vehicle, to be able to anticipate and be in control? Plus, the ability to use a stick shift is such a dying breed, it’s practically a security feature.

Here are some manual transmission vehicles still available on the market today

Fiat 124 Spider

  • Base Price: $24,995 MSRP
  • 1.4L Turbo
  • 160 hp, 184 lb-ft torque (Abarth model is 164 hp 184 lb-ft torque)
  • 2 seats
  • RWD
  • 6-Speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter

 

Fiat 500

manual transmission

Fiat 500, Photo: FCA

  • Base Price: $14,995 MSRP
  • 1.4L
  • 101 hp, 97 lb-ft torque
  • 4 seats
  • FWD
  • 5-Speed manual transmission

 

Dodge Challenger

stickshift

2018 Dodge Challenger T/A Plum Crazy, Photo: FCA

 

Jeep Wrangler

manual transmission

2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, Photo: FCA

 

 

RAM 2500 and 3500

Jeep Renegade

small boxy 4x4

2018 Jeep Renegade, Photo: FCA

  • Base Price: $19,945 MSRP (4×4 manual)
  • 5 seats
  • 160 hp, 184 lb-ft torque
  • 1.4 L Turbo
  • Sport, Latitude, Altitude
  • FWD and 4×4

 

Jeep Compass

stickshift

2018 Jeep Compass, Photo: FCA

  • Base Price: $ 22,495 MSRP (4×4 manual)
  • 5 seats
  • 180 hp, 175 lb-ft torque
  • 2.4 L Tigershark engine
  • Sport, Latitude
  • FWD and 4×4

Volkswagen Golf, Golf GTI, Alltrack, Sportwagon

manual transmission car

Volkswagen Golf, Photo:VW

  • Base Price: $20,910 (Golf S)
  • 5 seats
  • 170 hp, 199 lb-ft torque (GTI 220hp, 258lb-ft torque)
  • 1.8 L Turbo (GTI 2.0 L turbo)
  • S, SE, (GTI S, SE, Autobahn)
  • FWD (Alltrack and Sportwagon AWD)
  • 5-Speed manual transmission (GTI and Alltrack 6-Speed Manual transmission)

 

Volkswagen Golf R

manual transmission car

2018 Volkswagen Golf R, Photo: VW

  • Base price: $39,785 MSRP
  • 5 seats
  • 292 hp, 280 lb-ft torque
  • 2.0 L Turbo
  • AWD
  • 6-Speed manual transmission

 

Volkswagen Jetta

manual transmission

2018 Volkswagen Jetta, Photo: VW

 

  • Base price: $18,645 MSRP
  • 5 seats
  • 1.4 L turbo or 1.8 L turbo
  • S, Wolfsburg Edition, SE,
  • FWD
  • 5-Speed manual transmission
  • All new 2019 model will also have a manual transmission option

 

Ford Mustang

manual transmission cars

2018 Ford Mustang GT, Photo: Ford

  • Base price: $25,680 MSRP
  • 4 seats
  • 2.3 L twin turbo, 5.0 L V8, 5.2 L V8
  • GT Fastback, GT Premium Fastback, Shelby GT350R
  • RWD
  • 6-Speed manual transmission

Ford Focus,

manual tranny

Ford Focus Sedan, Photo: Ford

  • Base Price: $17,950 MSRP
  • 5 seats
  • 1.0 L EcoBoost, 2.0 L, 2.0 L EcoBoost
  • Sedan, Hatchback
  • FWD
  • 5-speed manual transmission, 6-speed manual transmission

 

Focus RS

manual fast car

Ford Focus RS, Photo: Ford

  • Base price: $41,120 MSRP
  • 5 seats
  • 2.3 L turbo
  • 350 hp, 350lb-ft torque
  • AWD
  • 6-Speed manual transmission

 

Ford Fiesta

manual transmission car fwd

2018 Ford Fiesta, Photo: Ford

  • Base price: $14,205
  • 5 seats
  • Hatchback and sedan
  • 1.6 L, (1.6L turbo ST)
  • 120 hp, 112 lb-ft torque (197 hp, 202 lb-ft torque on the ST)
  • FWD
  • 5-Speed manual (6-Speed manual on the ST)

 

Chevrolet Sonic

manual transmission

2018 Chevrolet Sonic, Photo: Chevy

  • Base price: $15,295 MSRP
  • 5 seats
  • Hatchback and sedan
  • 1.4 L turbo, 1.8 L
  • 138 hp, 148 lb-ft torque (138 hp 125 lb-ft torque on the 1.8 L)
  • FWD
  • 6-Speed manual

 

Chevrolet Camaro

The 2019 Camaro Turbo 1LE, Photo: Chevy

  • Base price: $25,905 MSRP
  • 4 seats
  • 2.0 L turbo, 3.6 L V6, 6.2L V8, 6.2 L V8 Supercharged
  • 275 hp- 650 hp
  • RWD
  • 6-speed manual transmission

 

Chevrolet Corvette

manual transmission cars

Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Photo: Chevy

  • Base price: $55,495 MSRP
  • 2 seats
  • 6.2 L V8, 6.2 L V8 Supercharged
  • 455 hp-755hp
  • 460 lb-ft-715 lb-ft torque
  • RWD
  • 7-Speed manual transmission

Chevrolet Colorado

manual truck

2018 Chevrolet Colorado, Photo: Chevy

  • Base Price: $28,890 (4WD)
  • 2,4 or 5 seats
  • 2.5L Gas
  • Base and Work Truck
  • 2WD/ 4WD
  • 6-Speed Manual transmission

 

 

 

 

Toyota 86

manual transmission car

Toyota 86, Photo: Toyota

 

  • Base Price: $26,255 MSRP
  • Seats 4 (2+2)
  • 2.0 L
  • 200 hp, 151 lb-ft torque
  • RWD
  • 6-Speed manual transmission

 

Toyota Tacoma

manual truck

2018 Toyota Tacoma, Photo: Toyota

 

  • Base Price: $28,275 MSRP (4×4)
  • Seats 4/5
  • 2.7 L, 3.5 L V6
  • 159 hp 180lb-fit torque, 278 hp 265 lb-ft torque
  • 4×2, 4×4
  • 6-Speed manual

 

Other alternatives include; Chevrolet, Spark, Chevrolet Cruze, Fiat 500x, Subaru BRZ, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Forester, Subaru Impreza, Subaru WRX/STI,  Honda Civic Type R, Honda Civic Si, Honda Accord, BMW  2 series, 3 series, 4 series, M2/M3/M4/M6, Cadillac ATS, ATS-V, Jaguar F-Type, Mini Cooper, Mazda3, Mazda 6, Mazda Miata, Audi A4, , Kia Soul, Toyota Corolla hatchback (2019), Corolla iM, Toyota Yaris, GMC Canyon

Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. A car geek, photographer, big game chaser and bagpipe player, powered by coffee. Send your questions to:

lauren@trustedautopros.com

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