Why there are no more stick-shift Acuras

If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand's first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura's lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. » 1/23/15 1:37pm 1/23/15 1:37pm

The Manual Transmission Isn't Going Just Yet

We car enthusiasts, clench to the manual transmission as lunatic women clench to the 70% discounted Blu-Ray DVDs on black friday, ready to break the neck of anyone who even dares look at the apparatus. The manual transmission has become one of things we hold dear to our hearts, not because it is technically superior,… » 10/07/14 7:20am 10/07/14 7:20am

Yes, It's Ethical To Drive A Stick Shift

I really shouldn't have to even be answering this question. This week in Salon David Sirota wrote an article asking "Is it ethical to drive stick?" It's great to see a mainstream, intelligent publication like Salon talking about manual transmissions, except for one thing: the article is inane, and the fundamental… » 5/16/12 12:00pm 5/16/12 12:00pm

Oh, So That's How Shifting Works In Movies

The other day we revealed the secret to shifting in the Fast and Furious movies. Fascinated, I decided to investigate this further, and found that while the Fast and Furious franchise obviously required something a bit more robust, there actually did appear to be a special version of manual transmissions used in… » 5/04/12 12:30pm 5/04/12 12:30pm

Is There A Case For Automatic Transmissions?

Here's a scary thought for Halloween: between 1980 and 2005 the percentage of cars with a stick shift dropped from 35% to 6%. The rise in gas prices has led to a slight uptick in manual vehicles (7.7% last year), but most cars are still going in the direction of automatic transmissions. You won't be able to get a 2009… » 10/31/08 11:30am 10/31/08 11:30am

2010 Nissan Maxima Diesel Coming The Only Way We'd Buy It: Stick Shift

Nissan just picked up a few points in our book for reversing the trend and announcing that the 2010 Nissan Maxima Diesel will be offered only with a manual cog-swapper, just in time for the oil-fueled American Civil War of 2009. Why Nissan's avoiding the large, slow-footed market after the jump.

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What's The Proper Orientation Of Manumatics?

Today's review car, which you can read about above, features three ways to clutchlessly shift gears. You can push/pull the thumb buttons, push/pull the shifter or just let the automatic do its thing on its own. Assuming you've given in and gotten a slushbox with the manual mode, we're going to give you credit and… » 5/28/08 11:40am 5/28/08 11:40am