21: Limited Powertrain Options
The switch to CVT transmissions has changed the way we drive in a lot of aspects. Drivers are also less involved with the actual practice of driving then they used to be, and as such, the manual transmission is a dying breed. You’ll notice that for a lot of the Ford lineup, the option for a stick shift has all but disappeared. This has impacted the enthusiasts who seek these transmissions out, but they are a small number. The lack of a real stick shift in the pickup trucks has also aggravated a good portion of buyers.
Current model F-150s are about as technologically advanced as you can get, and that’s both a good and bad thing. Ford is keen on offering the automatic transmissions in all of the company’s new pickup trucks, but the stick shift has become a sort of dying breed. We’d like to see Ford fix this problem in the future and add more choices in transmissions.