Eventually I’m planning on buying a new car, possibly as soon as this summer, more likely within the next year or two. I’m thinking something small, and right now a VW GTI is at the top of my list, along with others like a Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, etc. Strongly leaning towards buying new.
My current car is stick, and I like driving stick (mostly), but I’m trying to decide if it really makes sense to go that route anymore. Big factors, besides the fact I just liked manuals, when I decided to go with stick the last time, were it cost a little less upfront, I thought it would get slightly better gas mileage, it would be less expensive to fix if transmission problems did come up.
This time around money is less of a concern, so the upfront and repair expenses are not as big of a deal to me. Also, from what I understand, current automatics have surpassed manuals in terms of fuel efficiency, and the automatics typically get better MPG now, right?
Now, logically, or on paper, are there any good reasons to get a stick anymore? When I start to put pros and cons on paper, the auto seems like a slam dunk, except for that I just intangibly “like” the manuals and think they’re “cooler”. Besides personal preference, what are the smart and/or logical reasons to chose a stick over an automatic?