I’ll start off by saying that I don’t drive stick. More specifically, I don’t know how. For as long as I’ve been alive, my parents have owned cars with automatic transmissions, and that’s all that I learned.
In fact, where I grew up (Long Island, NY), manual-transmission cars seemed pretty uncommon. I saw them in dealerships and such, and got the basic idea from Driver’s Ed classes, but for the longest time I never knew anyone who owned one. (When I was about 18, my dad bought a limited-edition Cobra as an “investment”, which of course had a stickshift.)
Now, I know that some people prefer a car with a clutch. (They’d have to, or automakers wouldn’t bother with them.) My question is, why? For those of you who prefer stickshift, what makes it better than an automatic?