When it comes to manual versus automatic transmissions, both have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences when you go to make a decision on what car to buy.
If you have the resources and patience to learn to how to drive manual, it could save you a lot of money. Cars with manual transmissions tend to have lower sticker prices and use less gas than automatics.
Manual transmissions are also preferred by auto enthusiasts and sports car drivers. Acceleration is greatly improved with manual transmissions, and driving lovers prefer the better performance and extra control the stick shift provides.
Then again, with automatic transmissions being the more common choice, fewer and fewer people know how to drive manual cars. So if you want to learn, it could be difficult to find a teacher or even someone who owns a manual car. Plus, automatic cars don’t require learned skills to be able to get them up a steep hill. If you’re not an enthusiast and you prefer easy to exciting, automatic is probably right for you.