The statistics don’t lie. The manual transmission is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Automatics are taking over, regardless of the vehicle class or price segment. On the one hand, this is good since automatic makes the car more comfortable but on the other, this is bad since it makes driving less engaging and interesting.
However, there are still plenty of cars that offer a true manual transmission to eager buyers. So here are the 20 best that represent the perfect combination of modern engineering with the old school “shift-by-yourself” attitude. These are the cars that will be extinct in a few years, so if you find one that strikes your fancy, you’d better buy it while you can.
Ever since Mazda presented the first Miata, it has been synonymous with those light, open-top roadsters with perfect balance and a thrilling ride. Of course, a manual transmission is the best way to go if you are going to buy a Miata. That close ratio six-speed box will give you the excitement and satisfying feel of truly driving your car.