....90% of white men in merican don't know how to operate a manual transmission equipped vehicle? Some even think the 3rd pedal is an emergency brake? WTF lol
Hardly surprising when vehicle manufacturers are doing their best to eliminate manual transmissions as an option over here. Every year, the number of vehicles, even the traditional cheap shitbox cars, are losing the manual option.
>Automatics are more efficient and enviro friendly
AFAIK the clutch doesn't have to spool up the fluid to make a connection between the engine and the transmission so there's no wasted engine RPMs, how is that worse for fuel economy?
Couple of reasons. First is they all say that the take rate is getting lower and lower each year which means it's no longer financially viable to offer it as an option from a difference in parts and vehicle crash certification standpoint.
Another reason is that modern computer controlled automatics offer practically the same or better gas mileage. (Tied into the engine management computer, the two work better together.) I also hear the claim of emissions thrown around in this same argument.
With older design 3 speed slush boxes, yes, with the later locking multispeeds the fuel economy is nearly always improved. Take the 2014 Ford Focus, it's the six-speed automatic version that performs better, getting 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway). A Ford Focus with a conventional manual transmission can't match the automatics. It gets 30 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway).
Also modern autos are ECU controlled to change at exactly the right engine map point, something a manual driver can't know or will hamfist up. Manuals are more fun to drive though.
This. Part of my commute includes a section of 80km/h road with a downhill and then uphill section and I fucking HATE the gear hunting between 3rd and overdrive my Buick does on that stretch.
With my truck, I just leave it in 4th and let the engine's torque handle things until I'm back on flat ground and can shift into 5th..
Eurofag. Driven manual for 18 years. It sucks. Go automatic if u can.
Canadfag. Drivel manual for 22 years.
The only time it's not so great is driving in heavy, creep, stop & go city traffic. Luckily, I live in a smaller city where that's rarely a thing.
Much more comfortable.
Thats most cities now. Stop and start all the time. Stopping on an incline. Roundabouts etc. Automatics a comfy.
2018 Ford Focus, 3 Cylinder automatic gets 31 MPG while the Manual gets 34, the 4 cylinder automatic gets the same as the manual (28 MPG) unless you get the AM-S6 AT which gets 31 MPG.
Seems there's not much difference anymore, maybe in a few more years the ATs will dominate across the board.