The Benefits of a Manual Transmission
Choosing the transmission for your vehicle typically isn’t something that many new car drivers give a lot of thought to. It should be an obvious choice, right? An automatic transmission is the most desirable choice for most drivers, isn’t it? Maybe not.
Drivers who prefer to feel the power of their wheels on the road and are looking for the maximum level of engagement when driving should opt for a vehicle that offers a manual transmission.
More Engagement with the Road
Automatic transmissions have nearly become standard equipment in recent years, but there’s a great deal to be said for the feel of control and engagement that only comes from shifting your own gears. Unlike an automatic transmission, you get to tell the car what to do and when, giving you the power you need, just when you want it.
Lower Cost of Ownership
In addition to power and control, a manual transmission, if driven properly, can last up to 100,000 miles and cost less to repair when something goes wrong. Repairs on automatic transmissions, which typically add about $1,000 to a new vehicle’s price tag, can cost thousands of dollars to correct. Manual transmissions usually only need a new clutch, which can run between $600-$1500 to repair.
A manual transmission also offers an unexpected benefit – lower insurance rates. it seems that most criminals can’t drive stick. Of all claims processed relating to stolen vehicles in 2012, only 14 percent of those vehicles were equipped with a manual transmission.
Uncommon Choices for Uncommon Drivers
With today’s push for fuel efficiency, many drivers have noticed a distinct lack of transmission choices for their hybrid automobile. The majority of hybrid vehicles come with automatic as the only option – leaving the power in the hands of your car.
But all is not lost. Thanks to the 2014 Honda CR-Z gas/electric hybrid and its available six speed manual transmission with sport mode, driving eco-friendly just got fun again. With the CR-Z, you get the feel of a sporty coupe, without losing the benefits of a modern hybrid vehicle.
With manual transmissions falling out of favor with the general public, there are fewer options for discerning drivers. But if you want more control over the power your vehicle can deliver, it may be time to shift gears and consider something a little more interactive.
Find Out More About the Honda CR-Z
If you are interested in knowing more about the Honda CR-Z, which is the ultimate option for drivers who desire a manual transmission as well as outstanding fuel economy, contact Fisher Honda at 855-484-6632. We will be glad to answer any questions that you may have.