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Where have all the stick shifts gone?

Where are the stick shift cars these days? This is an inquiry more driving enthusiasts are asking as  fewer automakers are making them these days,

Manual transmissions used to be the go-to car choice for lower up-front costs, good fuel economy, impressive durability, and more driving involvement for those that love driving. Nowadays, more drivers are choosing automatics because quite simply, they've gotten better.

Significantly fewer vehicles are sold with a stick shift. Nowadays manual transmissions are usually just seen in sports cars, such as the Ford Mustang and Mazda Miata. They are even rare to find in exotic rides like Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Some smaller SUVs also provide manuals, but usually only on loss-leader two-wheel drive models. Full-size pickups don't even have manual transmissions any longer.

It's challenging for stick shifts to keep existing because they don't seamlessly accommodate modern technology without distraction. As car drivers find more of these beautiful modern automatics, less are inspired in learning how to drive a stick shift. It's possible the people in the younger generations haven't even seen a manual car.

With so few drivers choosing manual, depreciation has also become a big problem. Resale values could be $2,000 less for a manual than the same vehicle with an automatic. Dealers are stocking them less and less because they can be tough to sell. With fewer sales, it makes less for automakers to build them.

The team at Complete Automotive takes great pride in being the leader in the automotive industry due to our expert car service repairs and outstanding customer service. Our knowledgeable technicians are the best in the industry and have you covered. Please contact us with any questions. We are located at 2238 E. Chestnut Expressway, Springfield, MO 65802.

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