Why the manual transmission is still relevant
The manual transmission is disappearing from cars. These are the reasons it should be more and more common.
As more advanced technology is integrated into cars, automobile manufactures think that consumers don't want the standard manual transmission. For the most part, they would be right. Studies show that the majority of people would rather have an automatic transmission. Manual transmissions still have many benefits that an automatic cannot provide.
1) Manual transmissions are cheaper.
With a simpler design, stick shifts can be produced for less than an automatic and those savings are passed on to the buyers. Interesting cars are harder to find at a cheap price but this gives your car the quirks it needs to peak others interests. Lower sticker prices leaves more in your budget to upgrade your ride to make it even more interesting.
2) It delivers a sports car feel.
Any quality racing movie will inevitably have a shot of the driver throwing their car into top gear. Even measly shifting into 2nd gear will make anyone feel like they are about to come out on top. You feel like the superior driver on the road.
3) More focus on the driving.
Tesla's electric cars are doing extremely well because people see self driving cars are more safe. Manual transmissions are safer than automatics by far. It is nearly impossible to text and shift at the same time. Eating and changing gears is very difficult. Since drivers are forced to pay more attention to what they are doing, they are less likely to become distracted and less crashes occur. This also creates a small sense of pride that you are focused and doing something less and less people are capable of doing.
4) Long term reliability.
There is no doubt that automatic transmissions are more efficient than manuals. Computers in your car can shift better than any professional driver can. The problem is that the new and efficient transmissions lose their efficiency after years of use. A manual transmission has the same efficiency as the driver. In a time where the most reliable car makers like Toyota and Lexus are selling millions of cars, consumers are looking for long term investments.
Manual transmissions are a simpler time in a world of computers and automation. The rise of self driving vehicles will usher in an era where driving oneself around will be a hobby and nostalgic.