Edmunds Notes Rise in Manual Vehicle Sales


Edmunds.com - July 31, 2012

Seven per­cent of new cars sold this year, and the auto indus­try is on pace for the high­est rate of man­ual vehi­cle pur­chases since 2006.

Edmunds.com says the appeal is based on 5 pop­u­lar myths, although stick shifts are on track to be vir­tu­ally extinct within 15 to 20 years. Find out what’s dri­ving the upsurge.

  1. Cars with man­ual trans­mis­sion always get bet­ter fuel econ­omy than cars with auto­mat­ics.
    Vehi­cles with man­ual trans­mis­sions gen­er­ally are more fuel-efficient than their auto­matic coun­ter­parts, but not always, and not by much.
  2. A car with a man­ual trans­mis­sion costs less than the same model with an auto­matic.
    In most cases, the man­ual ver­sion of a car will indeed cost less, but in many instances, it will be the same price as an auto­matic. (Read full arti­cle for remain­ing 3)