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Changing gears yourself was never this much fun.

Best Manual Transmission Cars | CarMax

Have you ever driven a stick shift car? They’re a bunch of fun — you’re more of an active participant in the driving experience.

A small but loyal group of drivers is fiercely dedicated to the manual transmission, despite the relative rarity of stick shift cars these days. They love being able to change gears, according to road conditions. They say it makes for a richer driving experience.

We agree, because we’re car people! If you’re looking for cars that are available with manual transmissions, we can help — here’s a list of the best standard transmission cars, based on available features and sales at CarMax stores from December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

  1. Honda Civic
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Honda Civic | CarMax
  2. Ford Focus
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Ford Focus | CarMax
  3. Fiat 500
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Fiat 500 | CarMax
  4. Nissan Versa
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Nissan Versa | CarMax
  5. Mini Cooper
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Mini Cooper | CarMax
  6. Mazda Mazda3
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Mazda Mazda3 | CarMax
  7. Kia Soul
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Kia Soul | CarMax
  8. Subaru Impreza
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Subaru Impreza | CarMax
  9. Chevrolet Cruze
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax
  10. Dodge Challenger
    Best Manual Transmission Cars: Dodge Challenger | CarMax

If you’re looking for a fun-driving car, check out a two-seat 2015 Mini Cooper convertible (available in a six-speed manual transmission) or a neon-green 2017 Kia Soul (also available in a six-speed stick). These manual shift cars really put you in charge of your drive.

The 2014 Fiat 500 is a fun little manual-transmission car too – with a five-speed stick plus a canvas roof that folds back for extra fun in the sun. Opt for the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth version (with the available six-speed manual) and you get a turbocharged motor, a raspy, tuned exhaust note, and a wild-looking interior.

Want lots of fun? Check out a 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T. In purple. With the HEMI® V8. And, of course, the available six-speed manual. Now that’s a lot of fun!

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