So, you’re in the market for a new vehicle and can’t decide on what type of transmission you want. While driving a manual offers a more rustic feel, an automatic has its own set of benefits. Here’s a quick breakdown of automatic versus manual transmissions.
Also known as a stick-shift, a manual transmission means manually moving the stick in order to change gears. Learning how to drive a car with a manual transmission takes more time and allows drivers to develop a greater connection to the road. Some sports cars are only available with a manual transmission.
Being able to operate a manual transmission means being able to drive almost any type of vehicle in the world, especially in countries where automatics are few and far in between.
An automatic transmission changes gears without any input from the driver, making driving more laid back, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Automatic transmissions tend to offer better acceleration and efficiency and generally require less routine maintenance when compared to a manual transmission. For those that want to have some input, many automatic transmissions come paired with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.
On the downside, automatic transmissions tend to increase the price of the car by a good portion. An automatic transmission’s gearbox can be harder to repair and requires specific transmission fluid.
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