2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
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33 Cars That Still Come With a Stick Shift

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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
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Cars With a Stick Shift

Once a must-have for motoring purists, vehicles with manual transmissions are now an endangered class, even among many high-performance models — we’re looking at you, Chevy Corvette. Nowadays, people are happy to let their car do the shifting. Data from Carmax shows sales of cars with manual transmissions dropping from around 25% in 1995 to about 2.5% last year. Here’s a list of survivors, from basic transportation to race-worthy sports cars. (All cars are 2022 models unless otherwise noted.)


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2021 Chevrolet Spark
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Chevrolet Spark

Starting MSRP: $13,600

Economy, not power, is the name of the game for this model with a four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission. It’s rated for highway driving at 38 mpg. 


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Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi Mirage

Starting MSRP: $14,645

The Mirage is “one of the cheapest new cars sold in the United States,” according to Kelly Blue Book. The subcompact hatchback’s 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine is fuel efficient (33 mpg city/41 mpg highway), and it has a five-speed manual transmission, but kbb.com suggests buyers go for an automatic instead.


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Nissan Versa
Nissan USA

Nissan Versa

Starting MSRP: $16,000

Every version of the Versa has a 122-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and a five-speed manual transmission is the default on base models, according to Car and Driver. Oddly, it gets better gas mileage with the optional automatic transmission.


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2020 Subaru Impreza
Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Impreza

Starting MSRP: $19,755

The base model of the midsize four-door coupe offers a five-speed manual transmission paired to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower.

Profile view of orange mini cooper S parked in the street
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Mini Cooper

Starting MSRP: $20,600

The two-door hardtop model comes in a variety of trims, all available with a six-speed manual transmission and engines ranging from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder to 2.0-liter four-cylinder.


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2021 Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru Crosstrek

Starting MSRP: $23,000

The 2022 version of the subcompact crossover won’t include any major changes from the refreshed 2021 model, according to Kelly Blue Book. While the manufacturer isn’t listing the new model yet, the current one offered a six-speed manual transmission in at least two trim versions.


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2022 Kia Forte GT
Kia America, Inc.

Kia Forte GT

Starting MSRP: $24,485

You have to move up to the sportier GT version of this model to find a six-speed manual transmission, which is paired with a 201-horsepower four-cylinder turbo for quicker acceleration than the base model.


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2021 Chevrolet Camaro
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Chevrolet Camaro

Starting MSRP: $25,000

Sure, you can get a 10-speed paddle shift automatic with this car, but wouldn’t you rather have the feel of a six-speed manual transmission to go with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine for that old school muscle car experience?


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Honda Civic
American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda Civic Hatchback

Starting MSRP: $25,115

While the redesigned Civic sedan has moved to a front-wheel-drive automatic transmission, the hatchback has retained an option for a six-speed stick.


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2020 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Elantra N Line

Starting MSRP: $25,275

Hyundai continues to offer a version of its popular midsize sedan with a six-speed manual transmission and a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine.


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2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda North American Operations

Mazda MX-5 Miata (2021)

Starting MSRP: $26,839

Car and Driver calls the Miata “arguably the definitive affordable sports car.” You can get one with an automatic transmission — but why would you? “It would be a crime to pass up the standard six-speed manual transmission,” the magazine says.


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Toyota 86
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

Toyota 86

Starting MSRP: $27,060

Back for the 2022 model year, this vehicle will be powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and a standard six-speed transmission, Car and Driver says. 


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Ford Mustang
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Ford Mustang

Starting MSRP: $27,205

What would the iconic pony car be without a shifter on the console? There’s a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the base model capable of 310 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. And all versions are rear-wheel drive.


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2020 Mazda 3 Hatchback
Mazda North American Operations
Subaru BRZ
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Subaru BRZ

Starting MSRP: $28,995

While the nameplate’s offerings have generally shifted to all-wheel-drive, this model remains a rear-drive-only coupe with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

2022 Ford Bronco
Ford Motor Company

Ford Bronco

Starting MSRP: $29,300

You can’t get one of these at your local dealer just yet — Ford is taking orders now with production to begin in December for first-quarter 2022 deliveries, according to autoevolution.com — but the company’s website shows an available seven-speed manual transmission (including a “crawl” gear) paired with a 2.3-liter engine on its base two-door model.


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2022 Mini Cooper Clubman
BMW Group

Mini Cooper Clubman

Starting MSRP: $29,900

All of the versions of this compact station wagon have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual transmission is available on the Cooper S trim.

Subaru WRX
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Subaru WRX

Starting MSRP: $30,000 est.

The reworked WRX features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 271 horses and a standard six-speed manual transmission. 


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2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Starting MSRP: $30,540

The eighth generation of the sporty hatchback boasts a 241-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a standard six-speed manual transmission. 


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2020  Jeep Wrangler Two-Door
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2021 Hyundai Veloster N
Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Veloster N

Starting MSRP: $33,525

Hyundai’s three-door hatchback features a 275-horsepower four-cylinder turbo, which Car and Drive calls “a thrill ride almost everyone can afford.”


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Jeep Gladiator
FCA US LLC.

Jeep Gladiator

Starting MSRP: $35,315

Kelly Blue Book says the new crew cab model will feature a standard six-speed manual transmission paired with a “highly regarded” 3.6-liter V6 and offer “strong towing and payload capacity” via the five-foot bed.


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No. 11: Dodge Challenger
FCA US LLC

Dodge Challenger R/T

Starting MSRP: $38,825

With styling cues from muscle cars of the past, the R/T trim package offers a six-speed manual transmission with a 5.7-liter V8 engine.


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Honda Civic
American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda Civic Type R

Starting MSRP: $39,000 est.

Details are still pending, but Car and Driver says the new version of “the mightiest Civic” will continue to sport a manual transmission.


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2023 Nissan Z
Nissan USA

Nissan Z (2023)

Starting MSRP: $40,000 est.

Nissan plans to roll out a new generation of its iconic sports car in the spring of 2022 with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, and plenty of bells and whistles, according to Car and Driver. 

2022 Volkswagen Golf R
Volkswagen

Volkswagen Golf R

Starting MSRP: $44,640

The higher-performance hatchback is back with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 315 horsepower paired with a six-speed manual transmission.


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2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing
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Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

Starting MSRP: $59,990

Sporting a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission, this souped-up version of Cadillac’s CT4 promises a top speed of 189 mph (on the racetrack, of course).


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2021 Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
2016 Porsche 718 Boxter
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Porsche 718 Boxter

Starting MSRP: $63,950

Three engines are offered in the Boxter convertible line — ranging from 300 to 394 horsepower — but they all come standard with “a truly satisfying” six-speed manual transmission, Car and Drive says.


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2022 BMW M3
BMW Group

BMW M3

Starting MSRP: $70,895

The standard version of the 473-horsepower M3 “is the purist M3 because rear-wheel drive and a (six-speed) stick shift are mandatory,” Car and Driver says, while the Competition version comes only with an automatic.


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2022 BMW M4
BMW of North America, LLC.

BMW M4

Starting MSRP: $72,795

Essentially a two-door coupe version of the M3, the base model “comes exclusively with real-wheel drive, a satisfying manual transmission, and a thrilling 473-horsepower twin-turbo straight si,” says Car and Driver. 


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2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
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Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

Starting MSRP: $84,990

The manufacturer says availability of this model is “extremely limited,” but it might be worth a look for the performance — including a 668-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine that can reach speeds of 200 mph. Yikes.


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2019 Porsche 911 Carrera
Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Porsche 911 Carrera

Starting MSRP: $118,450

Sure, it’s a little pricey for most folks, but Car and Driver calls the iconic 911 “a nearly flawless sports car.” While an automatic transmission is standard, a seven-speed manual is offered in the S and GTS versions. There’s also a higher-end GT3 version.


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