Driving stick is one of those skills that is becoming more and more passé every year. With the overwhelming majority of cars having shifted (pun intended) to an automatic transmission, being able to handle a manual transmission has become something of a source of bragging rights. Not too many people these days know how to drive a car with a manual transmission, so the talent has been rendered more of a novelty than a necessity.
However, as every stick-shift driver will tell you, a manual transmission gives you several advantages over an automatic transmission. While the days of manual transmissions offering much better fuel economy than their automatic counterparts are mostly over, driving a car with a stick can still benefit you greatly.
For starters, cars with a manual transmission will generally cost you less than automatic cars. Secondly, if you can drive a stick, you can drive any car in the world, which is a huge advantage should you ever need to rent a car when only manual transmissions are available, and so forth. Lastly, you will have unprecedented control and handling of a car when driving a manual transmission, and the feeling is far superior to automatics.
While only around 3% of new cars come with a manual transmission these days, the option is still out there. The stick shift is not dead yet, and these five cars prove that having a manual transmission can still be awesome.
#5: 2015 Porsche 911
Porsche is still very into manual transmissions. The 2015 Porsche 911 comes with a 7-speed manual transmission that gives a driver unprecedented control over the car’s handling. In fact, the 2012 Porsche 911 was the first mass-produced vehicle to offer a 7-speed stick transmission.
While the 911 still offers plenty of automatic options, a whopping 30% of this model’s buyers were still into the stick shift, which is very high for a car that – while hardly a slacker – isn’t exactly a Lamborghini or Ferrari.
The Porsche 911 is one of the favorite models of contemporary manual transmission aficionados, and as Porsche continues to evolve the technology in their manual transmissions, this trend does not look like it’s going away any time soon.