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Feb 11, 2020. 24 comments

Americans Bought More EVs Than Manual-Transmission Cars In 2019

Americans Bought More EVs Than Manual-Transmission Cars In 2019

Sigh. Sigh. I know it’s pointless banter to lament about the demise of the manual transmission in the United States, but I’m going to do it anyway because I’m told it’s healthy to let it all out. The fact is fewer and fewer people are buying new, stick-shift cars. This was clearer than ever last year.

To contextualize the data, Green Car Reports pulled numbers for both electric-car and...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 16, 2020. 9 comments

Here's Everything That's Still Wrong With My 260,000 Mile 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee

Here's Everything That's Still Wrong With My 260,000 Mile 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee

Last month, I went through hell trying to fix and drive home a supremely rare, 260,000 mile, manual transmission Jeep Grand Cherokee that I’d bought sight unseen for $700 from the Middle Of Nowhere, Colorado. Ultimately, my friend Brandon and I pulled off a miracle, and the Jeep now sits in my backyard in Michigan. But just because it made the trip doesn’t mean The Grail is without flaws. No...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Jan 03, 2020. 13 comments

Is It Easier To Get A Deal On A Car With A Manual Transmission?

Is It Easier To Get A Deal On A Car With A Manual Transmission?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing, deals on manual transmission models, a new car that has issues and thoughts on a cheap but fast BMW.

First up, are manual transmission cars easier to get deals on?

I just sold my second heavily used S4 (2007...

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Alanis King Alanis King Dec 14, 2019. 12 comments

Mini Is Bringing Its Manual Transmission Back To The U.S.

Mini Is Bringing Its Manual Transmission Back To The U.S.

If you’ve gone out to buy a Mini in the U.S. over the past few months, you might have noticed that manual options on new cars were either slim or nonexistent—more so than usual, that is. But the six-speed manual Mini will return to the market soon, for certain models.

They’ll return in March of 2020, to be exact, according to Car and Driver. But the return is only for certain models, and Car...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 13, 2019. 21 comments

Here's My Idiotic Plan To Drive A Broken 260,000-Mile 'Holy Grail Of Jeep Grand Cherokees' Across The Country

Here's My Idiotic Plan To Drive A Broken 260,000-Mile 'Holy Grail Of Jeep Grand Cherokees' Across The Country

I want to be upfront about this: My plan to fly to Colorado with two suitcases full of car parts and tools, repair my $700 “Holy Grail” Jeep Grand Cherokee’s significant mechanical problems and then drive the 260,000 mile SUV 1,500 miles back to Michigan all in a span of four days is deeply flawed. Chances of failure are high, and yet, on Saturday, I’m going for it.

When I wire-transferred...

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Tom McParland Tom McParland Dec 06, 2019. 24 comments

I Need A Responsible Family Car With A Manual Transmission! What Should I Buy?

I Need A Responsible Family Car With A Manual Transmission! What Should I Buy?
What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions.

Danielle drives a manual Honda Fit—a good car! But it’s getting worn out and is no longer ideal for hauling two kids around. She is feeling some pressure to get something “more responsible” but doesn’t want to give up the stick shift life. What car should she buy?

(Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Dec 04, 2019. 12 comments

One Of The Most Rare Cars I've Ever Been In Is The Holy Grail Of K-Cars

One Of The Most Rare Cars I've Ever Been In Is The Holy Grail Of K-Cars

Right off the bat I’d like to apologize for the lack of direct photographic proof of this car, since my ride in it was decades ago, at a time when I was young and beautiful and in no way aware that one day I’d be relaying any of this to anyone, ever. But I promise you it’s all true, and the car I was in was indeed remarkably rare, and yes, at the same time astoundingly dull. With all that in...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Nov 09, 2019. 15 comments

Electric Cars Are Outselling Manual Transmissions In America: Report

Electric Cars Are Outselling Manual Transmissions In America: Report

You read that right: in 2019's third quarter, electric vehicles outsold manual transmissions, Driving.ca reports, citing numbers compiled by J.D. Power research. I knew this day would come.

In easily digestible terms, here’s what J.D. Power found, per Driving.ca:

That intersection of falling M/Ts and rising EVs happened at 1.6-per-cent penetration, with EVs rising to represent 1.9 per cent of...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Nov 07, 2019. 17 comments

Comment Of The Day: Shifting Gears Edition

Comment Of The Day: Shifting Gears Edition
Comment Of The Day Your good comments.

Where were you when you found out that it was possible to have an electric car with a manual transmission? Maybe you sat down for a second like Rodin’s Thinker and said aloud to no one in particular “Maybe the future won’t be so bad after all.” like I did. Maybe it completely changed the course of your life. Or maybe that time is right now.

The original...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 02, 2019. 22 comments

Which Crossover Deserves To Get A Manual?

Which Crossover Deserves To Get A Manual?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

Crossovers. I don’t completely hate them and I will not apologize. Some crossovers used to come with manual transmissions, like the Porsche Cayenne GTS, BMW X5 and BMW X3 , and they were pretty weird. Let’s embrace performance crossovers and bring that trend back with something like the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo .

The...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Aug 15, 2019. 23 comments

These Heroes Put A Manual Transmission In An Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

These Heroes Put A Manual Transmission In An Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

Like many sporty cars these days, the Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 is only available with a transmission that is shifted by computer rather than three pedals and a hand rod thingy. The 3-liter twin-turbo Nissan VR30DDTT is a gem of an engine, and the Q60 chassis is pretty great, too. While the steering is a bit numb and weighty, and the automatic is a bit uninspiring, It’s still a really good...

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Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Jul 25, 2019. 24 comments

The Upcoming BMW M3 and M4 Will Have Manuals, Praise Be

The Upcoming BMW M3 and M4 Will Have Manuals, Praise Be

I knew it. I knew there was no way BMW could go on calling itself “the ultimate driving machine” and not offer a manual on the upcoming M3 and M4. After months and months of rumors, we finally have confirmation from the head of BMW M himself, Markus Flasch.

When asked about what BMW fans could expect from the upcoming sports cars, Flasch made it a point to say there will be manual options,...

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Alanis King Alanis King Jul 04, 2019. 22 comments

Polaris Slingshot Dealerships Will Teach You to Drive Stick This Month for Free

Polaris Slingshot Dealerships Will Teach You to Drive Stick This Month for Free

Most of us can agree that driving stick, or at least knowing how, is a worthwhile investment of our time. It’s enjoyable, it can make a driver feel more focused on the road, and it’s a good skill to have. The act of learning, though, always comes with that one important question: Where will the sacrificial car come from?

“Sacrificial” might be a little dramatic, but if we’re honest, no one...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Jun 07, 2019. 23 comments

Science Has Perfected the Ferrari 458 Italia With a Manual Transmission

Science Has Perfected the Ferrari 458 Italia With a Manual Transmission

Ferrari never sold the exquisite 458 Italia you could shake hands with, and that’s an absolute travesty. The chassis and engine combination may be one of Ferrari’s best of all time, and while the paddle shift is quick and good, it can’t possibly hold a candle to the sensation that is three pedals and a gated shifter. The Texas company which built the manual-swapped 430 Scuderia is now popping...

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Alanis King Alanis King May 19, 2019. 24 comments

Genesis Gave the G70 a Manual Transmission Even Though It Knew Barely Anybody Would Buy One

Genesis Gave the G70 a Manual Transmission Even Though It Knew Barely Anybody Would Buy One

When it comes to new vehicles with manual transmissions, at least in this bleak segment of the global car market we call America, things aren’t great—even the holdouts are shedding their third pedals, and barren sales justify it. But Genesis knew its manual G70 sedan would barely sell, and brought it here anyway.

CarBuzz wrote on Thursday that, in the spirit of the trend of asking...

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell May 16, 2019. 24 comments

A Majority Of Mazda Miata Buyers Still Want A Manual Transmission

A Majority Of Mazda Miata Buyers Still Want A Manual Transmission

It seems like every day you hear news that the manual is dying. Nobody is buying a manual transmission, especially not Hyundai buyers . The take rate on many manual-optional cars is dwindling. But there are a few bright spots in the manual transmission world. The one shining the brightest right now is found in Mazda’s lovely Miata.

Based on the period of sales from July 2018 until April 2019,

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Bradley.Brownell Bradley.Brownell Apr 21, 2019. 23 comments

A Manual Transmission Swap Improves Even One of Ferrari's Best Cars

A Manual Transmission Swap Improves Even One of Ferrari's Best Cars

You won’t hear any argument from me. I’m as much a manual transmission evangelist as you might expect. I have not bought a car with an automatic transmission since 2005, and it’s unlikely I will again until my joints wear out when I’m old and grey. I also live in a feedback loop of friends who also prefer manual gearboxes, however rare they have become. So it’s no surprise that a video of a...

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Alanis King Alanis King Mar 28, 2019. 24 comments

Dead, Officially: The Manual Mazda 6

Dead, Officially: The Manual Mazda 6

This week, reports came out about dealer order guides for the 2019 Mazda 6 missing a feature that’s long been optional on the car: a manual transmission. But no matter how much you wanted to ignore the reports and wait until its debut to accept the truth, Mazda confirmed the news to Jalopnik overnight.

CarsDirect reported the news Wednesday, citing dealer order guides for the 2019 car that...

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Alanis King Alanis King Mar 28, 2019. 22 comments

The 2019 Mazda 6 Could Lose the Manual Transmission: Report [Updated: Mazda Confirms It]

The 2019 Mazda 6 Could Lose the Manual Transmission: Report [Updated: Mazda Confirms It]

The Mazda 6 is a good car, even if many buyers ignore the existence of sedans these days, and it’s long come with the option for a manual transmission—even if the stick is currently relegated to the car’s lowest trim. But citing dealer order guides, CarsDirect reports that the manual will be no more in 2019.

We have not seen the order guides, but we have reached out to Mazda for confirmation...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Jan 02, 2019. 23 comments

In 2008, Buying a Manual Car Meant Better Gas Mileage

In 2008, Buying a Manual Car Meant Better Gas Mileage

The manual transmission is a dying luxury in today’s automotive industry, but back in 2008, as gas prices climbed beyond $3 a gallon, optioning a car with a stick shift often came with the promise of better gas mileage.

We're Partying Like It's 2009! Welcome To Recession Jalopnik

Good morning and welcome to 2019! I pray that you’re not working today, that your hangover is at…

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