8. Row ‘em if You’ve Got ‘em
Automatic transmissions are great. After a long day at work the thought of clutching and shifting a standard gearbox in rush-hour traffic is about as appealing as eating cake with broken glass in it. This is a major reason slushers have taken over the market. People just don’t want to deal with manual cog-crates anymore, not when they can respond to e-mail and play Bejeweled on their Android.
However if you’re a true enthusiast self-shifting is the only way to go. Unfortunately this automotive caveat severely limits your vehicular options since practically everything available today is automatic-only. Thankfully sports cars are often available with stick-shifts so you can still row ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. These transmissions are decidedly old school; they’re like ordering on a Side Car or Gin Rickey at a posh nightclub.