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Today, I wrote about how manual transmissions are going the way of the dodo because we Americans just don’t feel like buying the things. But is that really the reason?

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Reader drdanteiii dropped some wisdom on us in the comments, telling us the real problem, here:

You know what? I kind of agree. How many of us would rock the shit out of a manual Renegade or Cherokee Trailhawk? Or a manual Chevy Colorado with four-wheel drive?

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I sure as heck would. But you know what, we can’t get those, because three pedals only come on the base trims.

As a gift for speaking the truth, drdanteiii, may I present you with this country song from Miranda Lambert. Yes, it’s a bit twangy, but it includes the phrase “three on the tree.” So it must be good, right?