Top 10 Cars That Should Come With a Stick But Don’t

Top 10 Cars That Should Come With a Stick But Don’t

9. Scion iQ

Manual transmissions have typically been offered in two broad and contradictory segments of the automotive market. Naturally they’re very well suited to sporty vehicles where driver involvement is paramount, but they’ve also played a key role in value-focused models.

In years past manual transmissions were cheaper than automatics, something that’s no longer necessarily the case. Along with sporty vehicles they had a place in small, affordable cars where value was king. But today even some cheap-and-cheerful models are automatic only.

Case in point: the Scion iQ. This tiny city car is offered exclusively with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). These somewhat unpopular automatics lack set steps like conventional gearboxes. Instead they use variable-diameter pulleys and a special belt to change ratios.

CVTs tend to be ultra efficient, but less fun than a prostate exam. The diminutive Scion iQ’s transmission makes the most of its 1.3-liter four-cylinder and 94 horsepower, though a manual gearbox would make winding the engine out a lot more entertaining.

  • Fadil Mazrekaj

    ich Schaven Cadillac Elgat kareseri Sport Velge tekniesch Berymt immer weir

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1753202192 Ng Soon Bin

    the only people that can afford those cars are in their retirement age…and they manual is not one of their priority. the marketing people knows this

  • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

    Cadillac is a dying breath of a turd.

  • Robert

    Judging by your photo in your avatar, you’ll probably die first from morbid obesity!

  • Kinetis

    The scion iQ and Acura TSX Wagon are affordable. I think the manufacturers don’t want ham fisted shifters ruining their beautiful engines.

  • Carla Sanders

    Wayne, I think Caddy is doing ok (if only because Bimmer has insane prices that have turned off even hardcore Bimmer fans). It’s Lincoln that’s dying.

  • http://lambright.com/ wayne lambright

    F U also

  • Robby G

    Cadillac is doing awesome right now. Sales keep going up and the products are world class.

  • Shiratori1

    One of the most pretentious, elitist, and idiotic boy racer articles that I have ever seen. FAIL!!!

  • Robert

    Oh, please! Put down the fork and get to a gym!

  • OllieProphet

    Article was spot on. Every good car can be made more fun to drive by the simple application of a manual transmission. Gas mileage and 0-60 aside, it just feels better to be part of the shifting decision, and the shifable ATs (I have two european versions…) don’t cut it. When it comes to economy cars, it is just criminal not to offer the more reliable and cheaper to repair MT. Shame on GM for not offering the MT in the new diesel Cruz. What were they thinking, especially when they have an MT on other models. It can’t be that much to certify a different configuration….
    PS- the Caddies are ridiculous. They look like an 8 year old designed them for a Bat Man comic book….

  • OllieProphet

    Ugly, overpriced plastic made by a company stolen from shareholders and given to socialist-leaning, union thugs by a communist-inspired president. Fail!, i.e. the GM Cadillac is not an automobile of my choosing, due to design inadequacies and institutional flaws.

  • AL

    This makes me wonder, did Cadillac EVER offer a stick shift on any of its cars? I can’t name a single one! The Allante? Nope. The lovely Seville from 1990? Nope. The insanely powerful CTSV? Still a flat no. If they offered it, I’d probably be driving a Cadillac now.

  • ColumWood

    You can get a six-speed manual in the CTS-V, coupe and sedan!

  • Dave Metcalf

    I think the Nissan GT-R should have a manual version. It is not right not to be able to shift with a clutch…