Call us old fashioned, or even old, but our memories of learning to drive are not memories of automatic transmission cars. Back in the good ol’ days, it was stick shift or bust, and now stick shift is becoming a historical feature the “youngsters” know nothing about.
In 2012, according to Edmonds.com, only 7% of cars on the road were stick shift. Some people beleive that as the number of manual cars dwindle, so does a chance to really learn how a car drives.
Automatic transmission vehicles and manual vehicles have their followers, and if your used to driving one kind of car, the other isn’t typically your pick. But, there are myths that come with each type of car, and Cash4Cars Cincinnati wants to eliminate the myth and get to the truth. Our goal is a simple one: to provide our customers with information that helps them get more CASH in the end.
Five Myths About Stick Shifts – According to Edmonds.com
1. Cars with manual transmissions always get better fuel economy than cars with automatics. In the past it was pretty much a given that vehicles with manual transmissions would be more fuel-efficient than their automatic counterparts.
2. A car with a manual transmission costs less than the same model with an automatic.
In most cases, the manual version of a car will indeed cost less, but in some instances, it’s the same price as an automatic.
3. The coolest sports cars only come with manual transmissions.
This depends on your definition of “cool sports car.” The seventh-generation 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and many flavors of the 2014 Porsche 911 offer a choice of a manual or automatic transmission.
4. If your dream car comes with a standard manual transmission, you can always get an automatic as an option. Like the previous assumption, this one isn’t true either. A small group of cars (mostly sporty models) only come with manuals. The list includes the Audi TT RS, Fiat 500 Abarth, 2014 Ford Focus ST, 2014 Ford Shelby GT500,Mazdaspeed 3 and Volkswagen Golf R.
5. Teenagers really, really want to learn to drive stick shifts. Not so, says Hill, who teaches teen driving programs. Because there are so few manuals out there, young people don’t get exposed to them, and so they have little interest in learning how to drive them, he says.
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