Changing gears yourself was never this much fun.
For some cars, a manual transmission just feels right. That free, I'm-in-control feeling when you're shifting gears is exhilarating for drivers who love the stick shift. If this describes your driving preference, then the car you're looking for should have three pedals instead of two. As a manual driver, you won't quite get what you're looking for in an automatic; you like to be in tune with your car and, luckily, there is a diverse selection of vehicles that fit the bill.
Whether you're looking for that extra control over your car or simply prefer manual transmissions, you've come to the right place. This list of the 10 best manual transmission cars is based on available features and sales at CarMax stores from March 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019.
- Honda Civic
- Ford Focus
- Nissan Versa
- Fiat 500
- Mazda Mazda3
- Kia Soul
- Mini Cooper
- Volkswagen Jetta
- Ford Fiesta
- Dodge Challenger
Do you long for a throaty growl when you start your car and also want the option to shift gears yourself when you run up the RPMs? The Dodge Challenger checks all the right boxes, with the option for a six-speed manual transmission on every 2018 trim but the Demon, and all 2019 V8-powered Challengers except the Redeye.
The fun and practical 2018 Ford Fiesta pairs a 1.6L engine with a responsive five-speed manual and lives up to its name as a celebration. You'll be ready for a great time in this subcompact car. For a sleek, effortless ride, check out the 2019 Honda Civic. On the 2019 LX or Sport models, a six-speed manual is standard, and it shifts smoothly and firmly.
If you're a devotee of the manual transmission, you know how much fun it is to drive. Looking to learn more? Check out these related articles.
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