For those of you who still love to be in total control of the car you're driving, there's only one way to do it. A proper manual transmission. But it seems the American market isn't really jazzed about them, and overall manufacturing of cars with manual transmissions is on the downswing.

So, why is this? Well, first of all, driving with three pedals is a lost art. Ask your friends if they know how to rope their own gears, and the answer will most likely be "no" (especially if they're millennials). Also, it used to be the case that manual transmissions got better gas mileage, but that's no longer the case. Now, most automatic transmission cars tend to outdo their manual tranny counterparts when it comes to mpgs. So, really the only remaining reason to buy one is because they're far more engaging and entertaining to drive than any other shifting method, including paddle shifters on a rapid-fire dual clutch transmission. There really is no substitute. 

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Sadly, of 226 car models, only 78 of them offer a manual transmission for the 2017 model year, and here's the comprehensive list. 

  • Aston Martin: Vantage
  • Audi: A4 and S4, A5 and S5
  • BMW: 2 Series, 3 Series and M3, 4 Series and M4, M5, M6
  • Buick: Verano
regal gs
The Buick Regal GS no longer has a manual transmission. Goodbye semi-youth-oriented Buick.
focus rs
The best hot hatch in the world, the Ford Focus RS, has a sweet six-speed tranny. Wahoo.
evora 400
The Lotus Evora 400 pumps out 400 hp from its Camry-sourced V6 and comes standard with a manual.
We can't imagine doing donuts in a Toyota 86 with anything but the six-speed manual. 
  • Porsche: 911, 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman
  • Subaru: BRZ, Forester, Impreza, WRX/STi, Crosstrek
  • Toyota: Corolla, Tacoma, Yaris, Yaris iA, Corolla iM86
  • Volkswagen: Beetle, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Golf SportWagen