Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of the stick shift in Audi’s lineup. Felled by ever-better automatics and dual-clutch transmissions and, most of all, apathetic buyers, the manual gearbox bows out on the 2018 Audi A4. For this somber occasion, Audi’s giving us a special edition A4 with a…
Last month, the Chicago Tribune had a story about how manual transmissions are on the way out—a dying breed, offered in fewer and fewer cars, with only 2 percent of cars sold in 2018 having a third pedal, the story said. It’s something, on this website, we’re all familiar with. It’s something we all groan, sigh and…
This generation has been losing out a lot on manual transmissions. Fewer and fewer cars come with them. Fewer and fewer drivers know how to use them. But there’s another joy that’s fading away: the satisfaction of seeing a car parked across the street, walking over, looking in the window and discovering that the car…
Nashville police arrested two teenagers last Wednesday, after a press release from the department said they attempted to carjack two women that day. The statement said the teens ultimately failed both times, with the second being because the car had a manual transmission. They had to run away on foot.
I hear you engineers out there, yelling about how automatics are faster and better at shifting than us mortals. But, as we’ve explained time and time again, they don’t make driving much fun. Thankfully, BMW says that it will keep putting manuals in its cars. As long as we buy them, of course.
I don’t think I had ever been in a car that did not have an obvious center area to rest your arm while driving that didn’t have a bench front seat, until yesterday when I climbed into a 2018 Toyota GT86 for the first time and put my elbow right into the parking brake.
The other day in the office we were trying to figure out if anyone still made dogleg gearboxes in the modern era, and then our intrepid intern reminded us that the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S had a dogleg seven-speed manual. The shifter itself looks super cheap for a $200,000 car, but the layout is good!
I bought a stick shift car halfway across the country without knowing how to drive it. The road trip back is how I would learn. That, or they’d find me dead on the side of I-10 in a teal 1990s BMW compact, stalled for eternity. One of those.
Just in case you weren’t of the opinion that, at least automotively, Europe is a bizarro, Mirror Universe version of America, this document, smuggled from the United Kingdom, should help. It’s an instruction sheet from a rental car company with detailed instructions on how to drive an automatic transmission.
You know how race cars make that satisfying clunk as they go into gear? How they whine as they fly by? Well, now you’re gonna see and understand exactly why that is.
Learning how to drive a stick shift is hard. There’s a little shifter knob with a weird pattern, some numbers and an “R,” along with three—yes, three—pedals. That’s a lot to pay attention to. But if you’re sitting on a dealership lot in your brand-new car and no one is there to teach you, check out your owner’s manual.
Welcome to the world of 2018, where the Toyota Supra won’t get a manual but the new Toyota Corolla will.
This has been making the rounds on the great interconnected-compu-net, and it’s just so stunningly, sublimely awful and unfortunate that I thought we had a duty to present it here, so all of you can look upon it and die, just a little, inside.
Some people think that when you start doing something new, you should start with the easiest aspect of it as possible. Not true. If you start on Level 10, you become an expert that much faster. Which is why I commend soon-to-be member of the British royal family Meghan Markle on her decision to both learn to drive…
The number of cars with manual transmissions is dwindling to the point where they are like a small oasis in a dry and cracked desert of automatics. But through the dust emerges a new hero: The 2019 Genesis G70, with an option of three pedals instead of two.
Subaru wants to have the safest cars in the world and the manual transmission, the one good thing left in this world, is holding that up, according to a report from AutoExpress. That led an executive at Subaru U.K. to give us all a big scare, with ideas of a future where BRZs and WRX STIs all shift their own gears.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that, according to an arrest affidavit, a man in jail near Austin tried to steal a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt after a confrontation at a stop sign on Saturday. The confrontation apparently involved some yelling, a machete and confusion—confusion about how to drive an electric car.
I don’t know much about this video, except that it appears to have been shot on a bus recently outside of São Paulo, Brazil. It features a bus driver with the daintiest of gear shifts, and I love it.