Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Hyundai Accent Manual

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Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Hyundai Accent Manual
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Starting at $15,455, the Hyundai Accent has long been a value proposition in the sub-compact segment and for 2014, the car gets a few more standard features. Continue Reading...

Why Lamborghini Trashed the Manual Transmission

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Why Lamborghini Trashed the Manual Transmission
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When Ferrari made the move to drop its iconic gated stick shift the Italian automaker boasted that its transmission technology had become so impressive that shifting your own gears was, at best, antiquated and at worst, robbing the car of its performance. With the launch of the new Huracán and retirement of its Gallardo model,… Continue Reading...

Ask AutoGuide No. 31 – Mazda 3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen vs. Subaru Impreza

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Ask AutoGuide No. 31 – Mazda 3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen vs. Subaru Impreza
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It’s a new week and that means it’s time for another installment of Ask AutoGuide. As the Motor-Vehicle Problem Solvers we never stop working for you, our loyal audience… as long as we’re punched in and Samantha down in HR has approved the overtime. In any event, small cars are becoming the automotive industry’s next… Continue Reading...

Ask AutoGuide No. 26 – Acura ILX vs. Audi S4 vs. Cadillac CTS-V

Ask AutoGuide No. 26 – Acura ILX vs. Audi S4 vs. Cadillac CTS-V
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a lighthearted fairytale highlighting the adventures of a cute little girl and a trio of cuddly bears… or is it? A closer examination of this innocent-sounding narrative reveals that it’s actually a gloomy tale that glorifies breaking and entering, trespassing, vandalism and theft. Continue Reading...

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

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Top 10 Cars That Should Come With a Stick But Don’t
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If it’s not a diesel-powered, rear-wheel-drive station wagon with a manual transmission, it’s not worth considering, let alone buying. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Reasons to Get a Sports Car

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Top 10 Reasons to Get a Sports Car
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Your grip on the steering wheel tightens. Your eyes fixate on the yellow line. Your brain screams about the trees just beyond the shoulder. Wait for it… wait for it… ok, NOW! You pounce on the clutch as your right foot stabs the accelerator. A wrist-flick completes the downshift. Feather the brake, turn into the… Continue Reading...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Manual

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Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium Manual
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It’s unwise to purchase a home without having a qualified expert give it a thorough going over, why should new cars be any different? Top-to-bottom, front-to-back, inside-and-out, the 2014 Subaru Forester is on the receiving end of AutoGuide’s weekly Five-Point Inspection. Continue Reading...

2014 BMW M3 to Lose Manual Gearbox, or Will It?

2014 BMW M3 to Lose Manual Gearbox, or Will It?
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One of the most illustrious names in German sport sedan history, the BMW M3 will transition away from its naturally aspirated engine roots in the upcoming model meant to bow at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, doing so without a manual transmission. Continue Reading...

Parents Push Teens To Drive Stick to Avoid Distracted Driving

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Just when an earlier study suggested that teenagers today prefer owning smartphones and electronic devices over owning a car, a local study by news channel Sacramento News10 revealed that there is a resurgence of manual transmission automobiles for young drivers. Worried about teen drivers texting and driving, parents have started a trend of purchasing stick… Continue Reading...

MINI Keeping Manuals Alive with 34% Take Rate

MINI Keeping Manuals Alive with 34% Take Rate
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Sadly, manual transmissions are a dying breed. For many, the convenience of an automatic far outweighs the many advantages of driving stick, from the lower cost of the car, to improved driving enjoyment and vehicle control, to better fuel economy (although those pesky dual-clutch units are starting to make this argument obsolete). Several months ago… Continue Reading...

Porsche Will Build Manual Sports Cars As Long As There Is Demand

Porsche Will Build Manual Sports Cars As Long As There Is Demand
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As automotive technology and innovation continue at breakneck speed, car enthusiasts and traditionalists have been quite outspoken in their opposition against sequential gearboxes and dual clutch systems, arguing that there’s an irreplaceable purity from rowing your own gears. To the men and women who love to drive, don’t despair. Porsche has been listening. According to… Continue Reading...

2012 Ford Fusion Loses Manual Transmission, Gains Alloy Wheels

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2012 Ford Fusion Loses Manual Transmission, Gains Alloy Wheels
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Ford has made a few changes for the 2012 Fusion. The American automaker decided based on low sales numbers that the six-speed manual transmission will only be available on the base Fusion S for 2012. Fuel economy wasn’t much of an improvement with the manual transmission anyways. With a manual transmission, the Fusion was rated… Continue Reading...

Consumers Reports Compiles List Of Cars Still Available With Manual Transmission

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Consumers Reports Compiles List Of Cars Still Available With Manual Transmission
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Car and Driver’s campaign to “Save the Manuals” campaign is spreading, with Consumers Reports doing their part for the movement by compiling a comprehensive list of all new cars available with a manual gearbox. A few years ago, you could find some real oddities with a stick shift – a BMW X5 for example. Now, the list… Continue Reading...