Stick shift_ 10 cars and trucks that still have a manual transmission

Six-speed manual | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

For as much as we may bitch and moan about cars not coming with stick shifts anymore, it’s pretty obvious that no amount of complaining and petitioning is going to do a damn thing to stop this phenomenon.

As automatic transmissions slowly became less expensive, more economical, and more fun, the manual gearbox began to slip away into obscurity. People didn’t need a stick to get the best gas mileage anymore, so by the time things like automatic gear selection options and paddle shifters came into play, public interest was already drastically waning, and manual equipped car sales plummeted even further.

Nowadays, automatic sales outweigh manuals by a landslide, as reports show that more than 90% of all cars being made today come without a clutch. But with lane keep assistance, automatic braking, accident avoidance, variable cruise control, and all manner of camera and laser guidance, it’s pretty obvious that this all adds up to the final hoorah before the autonomous overlords take over.

But deep in the belly of the automotive beast a resistance continues to fight on, forever shifting toward clutching a future filled with flexplates, weighted shift knobs, and the ever impressive heel-toe maneuver. These are the cars that unapologetically put driving first, and we uplift the automakers that manufacture them for insisting on keeping the clutch alive, if just but for a little while longer.

For those of you who’ve never driven stick, let me stress that there’s no other feeling quite like having to work in tandem with a transmission and an engine in order to get to a destination. It’s almost like a biomechanical symbiotic relationship, where over time a bond between man and machine can be felt, and you find yourself wanting to drive a car just for the hell of it once you realize how it likes to be driven.

So cheers to all of the cars on today’s list, because even though the thought of shifting your own gears in today’s modern world may be about as unpopular as banning bacon from the breakfast table, at least some automakers still have the gumption to “stick it” to the mainstream. Here are 10 of the best examples of finding this theory in practice today. 1. Ford Mustang

Frontier PRO-4X | Source: Nissan

Having a stick shift in an off-road vehicle is often just as important as outfitting a performance car with a clutch, as it gives the driver more control over gear selections for increased revs and traction, and allows speedier shifts between reverse and first. Many off-road enthusiasts actually find a clutch to be a preferable option, and Nissan apparently was listening. Offering its rugged little Frontier PRO-4X pickup with a manual has been a smart move for the Japanese automaker, and having recently spoken with someone who owns one, it seems to be a pretty clever little gearbox they’ve got in this thing.

5. Jaguar F-Type

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

This one always catches people by surprise: When you hear the words “Mazda” and “manual,” you tend to think of the Miata or the long retired RX-7, and not a family-oriented small SUV. But believe it or not, Mazda does offer the vehicle seen here with a stick, earning it loads of cool points. While the version we got for a week-long review came to us with an automatic, other reviews show that opting for the CX-5 with a stick adds a ton of fun, making it an even more attractive buying option.

9. Chevrolet Camaro

Modified Jeep Wrangler | Micah Wright/Autos Cheat Sheet

Our final automobile is none other than the iconic rock-crawling menace and official truck of summer: the Jeep Wrangler. While it may have also become the official bro-mobile of college campuses across the nation in recent years, the Wrangler has continuously rocked a stick since day one and is a crowd favorite for any trail hunter who prefers to row their own.

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