Are there still enough cars that offer a manual transmission to fill out this list? It won’t be long before the answer to this question is “no.”
Newer vehicles aren’t being offered with manual transmissions. Some of this is because of the transition to electric vehicles, which don’t require traditional gear shifting. Still, some automakers are toying with the idea of building EVs with manual gearboxes, so there’s a glimmer of hope. Without getting too sad about the cars that no longer offer a stick shift, let’s look at seven that still bring this transmission to our market.
Acura Integra A-Spec
The Acura Integra returns to the market after several years away to be an impressive luxury sports car that’s fun to drive. In order to enjoy a manual transmission, you must choose the A-Spec trim, which gives you a six-speed shifter and a limited-slip differential. The A-Sped hits 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, which isn’t lightning fast, but on the roads, it will seem quick and decisive, which makes this Acura fun to drive.
The M2 is the performance-oriented version of the 2-Series coupe. This impressive car still offers a manual transmission in the standard version. You’ll find a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that pumps out 453 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque for some power and fun. If you’re looking for serious sprint speed, the M2 can be the right car. This impressive Beemer hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds while giving you the BMW athleticism you admire in a fantastic driving machine. Will the BMW M2 be the car you love to drive?
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
The Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing is another relatively new car that brings a six-speed manual transmission to the mix. This impressive Caddy is ready to deliver the performance you want to take to the track with its 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This engine delivers 472 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque and a sprint time of 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. You’ll also enjoy one of the best handling cars in the CT4-V Blackwing, which has adaptive dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a powerful braking system that makes this car ready for some fun on the track.
It’s a classic setup, which makes it a great option for you. The Chevrolet Camaro is a muscle car that still brings a manual transmission to the market. This car can be had with two different engines, and each one is available with a six-speed automatic transmission. Choose either the 335-horsepower V6 or the small-block V8 that brings 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque. Every version of the Camaro with the 1LE performance package comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission and the track package.
The Honda Civic continues onward with a stick shift, which might be a bit surprising to you. The manual system comes in the Civic Si and the hatchback for the Sport and Sport Touring models. Of course, at the top of the power tree for the Civic, you’ll find a manual transmission in the Honda Civic Type R hot hatch. It could be surprising to some that Honda offers a stick shift in four different Civic trims, but that might also be part of what makes this little car a lot of fun to drive.
Only the top trim level of the Kia Forte comes with a stick shift. This car brings a manual transmission in the GT trim, hitting 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. This small Kia can be fun to drive and offers a comfortable and stable experience on any road. The handling isn’t as exciting as the Stinger, but if you’re looking for an affordable small Kia with a stick to change gears yourself, the Forte GT could be exactly what you want to drive.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
This Mazda sports car has a tradition of including an impressive six-speed manual transmission. That tradition continues to the modern version with a direct, easy-to-shift setup. If you want a quick, fun, and active car to drive that allows you to put the top down, this little roadster is the way to go. The soft-top model can hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the RF does this same run in 5.8 seconds. The Miata is one of the most tossable cars on any road.
These seven cars still bring the manual transmission to the market as either a standard or optional feature. Will one of these cars give you the fun and active drive you desire?
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