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Every Car You Can Still Get with a Manual Transmission in 2022

By Evan Walton | December 10, 2021

With the efficiency of automatic transmissions and artificial intelligence safety features built into almost every vehicle in production, the desire and practicality of manual transmission cars have faded. There is a boneyard list of stick-shift-equipped vehicle models, and the list continues to grow every new model year. Since 2019 electric vehicle sales have surpassed the sales of manual transmission vehicles, attempting to make them obsolete.

Manual transmission vehicles offer a unique driving experience that sports car lovers enjoy. It provides a different level of connection to your car than when driving an automatic transmission vehicle. Due to manual transmission vehicles' brilliance and the experience they provide, some automakers continue to offer them today. Below is a list of 20 vehicles that offer a manual transmission today and continue the driver-oriented design.


1. BMW M3

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Every BMW M3 since the original BMW E30 (1982) has been made available with a manual gearbox. BMW offers manual gearboxes in many models, including the BMW M4, M2, and BMW 2-series models. The 2022 BMW M3 is offered in two trim levels to include the M3 and M3 Competition.

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The standard M3 is the only model offered with a six-speed manual gearbox. In contrast, the M3 Competition is equipped with an automatic transmission paired with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) drivetrain. The standard M3 is only offered in a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) format but allows for more driver control with the six-speed manual transmission.

Browse BMW M3 listings here.


2. Chevrolet Camaro

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While many car enthusiasts are disappointed in Chevy's decision to remove the manual gearbox option from the Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro continues to offer driver excitement through a six-speed manual gearbox.

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The 2022 Chevy Camaro offers the six-speed transmission in every model variation of this RWD muscle car from the base 1LS to the supercharged 6.2-liter V8.

Browse Chevrolet Camaro listings here.


3. Dodge Challenger

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The Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock outruns every muscle car on our list with a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds, while the remainder of the muscle car field averages 3.5 seconds. While this 0.3 second does not present a considerable difference, the fact remains that this six-speed manual muscle car is just a bit quicker than its competition. The Challenger SRT Super Stock is equipped with a 6.2-liter high-output supercharged Hemi V8 with 807 horsepower and 707 pound-feet torque.

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The six-speed manual gearbox is offered throughout the model range from SXT to Hellcat. At the same time, RWD is provided as standard paired with the standard eight-speed automatic transmission. AWD is optional and generates more grip for the high-output engines of which the Challenger is equipped. The 2022 model year does not offer many changes to the Challenger. Still, it concentrates on the 2021 expansion of the wide-body body style offered.

Browse Dodge Challenger listings here.


4. Ford Mustang

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Ford does not offer a manual transmission for the quickest variant of their famous pony coupe, the Shelby GT500. Still, they do offer a six-speed manual in every other version of the Ford Mustang. The Shelby GT500 is only offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission allowing the GT500 to sprint from 0-60 in a blistering 3.3 seconds.

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The six-speed manual is provided in turbo-four-cylinder, the GT's 5.0-liter V8, the 480-hp Bullitt, and the new Mach 1. All models are offered in RWD only, and Ford offers an optional ten-speed automatic for all models.

Browse Ford Mustang listings here.


5. Honda Civic

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The Honda Civic and Honda Civic Type R are offered with Honda's six-speed manual transmission but restricted to the Sport Hatchback and Type R models. In the 2021 model year, Honda dropped the six-speed manual offering in the Civic sedan and replaced it with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This replacement of the six-speed transmission was due to not enough consumers ordering the sedan with a manual gearbox.

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The Sport Hatchback is offered with a 158 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. While the specs have not been released for the 2022 Type R, it is expected to produce a bit more power than the current 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. All Honda Civics are offered in front-wheel-drive (FWD) and acquire excellent fuel economy with a range up to 33 miles-per-gallon (mpg) city and 42 mpg highway.

Browse Honda Civic listings here.


6. Hyundai Veloster

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A genuine hatchback by design, the Hyundai Veloster offers a unique three-door configuration and continues to offer a six-speed manual transmission. The powertrain of the Veloster is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine paired with FWD. The Veloster N is a tuned variant of the Veloster.

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It is packed with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Browse Hyundai Veloster listings here.


7. Mazda 3

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A six-speed manual transmission is offered in five variants of the Mazda3. The Pure, Evolve, Touring, GT, and Astina models are all offered in stick-shift and sedan or hatchback body styles. The Premium trim level is built with FWD and a 186 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

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Mazda offers AWD and a turbocharged engine but only provides them in the automatic transmission format. Mazda's advanced safety feature the, Vision Technology package, is only available for the automatic transmission of Mazda3s.

Browse Mazda 3 listings here.


8. Mazda MX-5 Miata

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One of the most recognized sports cars to be made, the Mazda MX-5 Miata stays true to its roots of drivability and excitement by offering a six-speed manual transmission. Both the two-seater roadster edition and the retractable hardtop fastback model are offered with Mazda's manual transmission.

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An automatic transmission option is available across all trim levels of the 2022 Miata. Mazda stays true to the driving enthusiast and only offers the Miata in an RWD format, the sports cars' original format when paired with a manual transmission.

Browse Mazda MX-5 Miata listings here.


9. Mini Cooper

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The Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S offered in Clubman, and Hardtop body styles represent the subcompact category with two manual transmission model offerings. Mini provides a dual-clutch automatic transmission on all Mini Cooper models and shares many features and parts in their parent brand, BMW. The engine and transmission paring at the base level is a 134 horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine; the model S bumps up the power with a 189 horsepower turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

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Both engines are paired with a choice of a six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or eight-speed automatic transmissions. Mini offers AWD but provides FWD as standard. Other popular models of the Mini Cooper that are not offered in a manual format are the John Cooper Works (JCW) edition and an all-electric variant.

Browse Mini Cooper listings here.


10. Nissan Versa

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The Nissan Versa remains one of the best budget-friendly cars you can buy and is offered in a five-speed manual. The Versa comes in three trim levels, the S, SV, and SR, of which only the S trim level comes standard with a manual transmission. The remaining SV and SR models are built with a CVT transmission. All models are equipped with the same 122 horsepower four-cylinder engine.

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The Nissan Versa is only offered in FWD but, when equipped with the CVT transmission, produces impressive fuel economy numbers such as up to 32 mpg city and 40 mpg on the highway. The base model S starts at $16,000 and is one of the cheapest ways to purchase a stick-shift vehicle in 2022.

Browse Nissan Versa listings here.


11. Porsche 911

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Porsche offers multiple manual transmission vehicles in its lineup for the 2022 model year. Porsche is a world-class sports car enthusiast car, and they deliver with their readily available seven-speed manual transmissions. Porsche offers a manual transmission in the 911, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The seven-speed manual transmission remains a non-cost option for the 2022 model year over the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission found on the Carrera S and Carrera 4S.

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The Porsche 911 is outfitted with a choice of RWD or AWD drivetrains and a base engine of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six producing 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. Horsepower figures only grow through the trim levels of the 911, with the top 911 Turbo S producing 640-horsepower paired with carbon-ceramic brakes, making the 911 a proper driver's car.

Browse Porsche 911 listings here.


12. Subaru Impreza / WRX / STI

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Perhaps the best bang for your buck if your interest is buying a six-speed manual transmission vehicle that does not break the bank. The Subaru Impreza is offered with a six-speed manual transmission and AWD standard across all models, including the WRX and WRX STI. Subaru actively competes in rally racing, and their show pony is the WRX STI; the Impreza WRX series from Subaru is bred from this definitive rally racing history. The Impreza and WRX are offered with a CVT transmission, but the STI is only provided in the six-speed manual.

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The Subaru WRX STI is equipped with a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four generating 310 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. The STI is a street-legal rally car with six-piston Brembo breaks, track-tuned suspension, and symmetrical AWD. Subaru also offers a manual transmission in their BRZ coupe and Crosstrek crossover models.

Browse Subaru Impreza / WRX / STI listings here.


13. Toyota Corolla

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Toyota offers more models with manual transmissions than the majority of automakers today. The Toyota Corolla delivers a six-speed manual transmission as an alternative to the vehicle's standard CVT transmission. All body styles of the Corolla are offered with either transmission and are powered by either a 139-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine or a 169-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine depending on trim level.

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The Corolla is offered in FWD only. When paired with its available 2.0-liter engine and CVT, it returns upward of 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

Browse Toyota Corolla listings here.


14. Volkswagen Golf / Golf GTI

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Volkswagen has dropped the Golf R for the 2022 model year. Still, VW fans can get excited about the Volkswagen Golf hatchback and Golf GTI returning for the 2022 model year as manual transmission vehicles.

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The Golf GTI offers 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque through a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and offers excellent driving dynamics. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be optional across all Volkswagen models. The Volkswagen Golf GTI is Volkswagen's only sports car offering for the 2022 model year.

Browse Volkswagen Golf / Golf GTI listings here.


15. Kia Forte GT

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As Kia's last manual transmission vehicle, the Kia Forte GT is built for thrills. The Kia Forte GT is offered as a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic paired with a 201 horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

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The Forte GT will sprint from 0-60 in 6.7 seconds and achieves a fuel economy rating of up to 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

Browse Kia Forte GT listings here.


16. Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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The Volkswagen Jetta GLI is Volkswagen's compact car built with a six-speed manual transmission that can only be had in the American market. The European market will not receive any manual transmission GLI's and will be restricted to Volkswagen's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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This division shows that Volkswagen is keeping American driving enthusiasts in mind. The Jetta GLI utilizes an FWD drivetrain paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4 cylinder engine. The GLI produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, pushing the GLI from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds.

Browse Volkswagen Jetta GLI listings here.


17. Ford Bronco

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A new car offered by Ford as a remake of the 1965 model is the Ford Bronco which rivals directly with the Jeep Wrangler as one of the best off-road vehicles you can purchase in 2022. Both off-road machines are offered with manual transmissions allowing for greater control while off-roading.

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The 2022 Ford Bronco is being provided with either a seven-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. Ford offers two engines for the Bronco, a 300 horsepower turbo 2.0-liter inline-4 and a 330 horsepower twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine.

Browse Ford Bronco listings here.


18. Toyota Tacoma TRD

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As previously mentioned, Toyota offers manual transmissions for many of its vehicle models. The Tacoma TRD is an excellent example of how a manual transmission can assist a vehicle in its purposed design. The Tacoma TRD is a purpose-built truck designed for any off-road scenario you can throw at it. The TRD is equipped with a 1.5-inch lift on the front axle and 0.5-inch at the rear. The Tacoma has Fox racing dampers, more aggressive tires, and a better approach and departure angle for off-roading and rock crawling.

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The Tacoma TRD is outfitted with both RWD and 4WD paired with a choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. The TRD offers two engine options: a base 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque or a 3.5-liter V6 with 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.

Browse Toyota Tacoma TRD listings here.


19. Jeep Wrangler

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Jeep is a name synonymous with off-road ability. The 2022 Jeep Wrangler continues this tradition, offering potent turbocharged engines and locking differentials. The 2022 Wrangler provides a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic paired with 4WD.

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Jeep offers a wide array of engines for the 2022 Wrangler, including the standard 285 horsepower 3.6-liter V6, an optional four-cylinder hybrid, and a 3.6-liter V6 with a hybrid assist 3.0-liter diesel V6; a new, 375 horsepower plug-in hybrid with a 4xe powertrain and a 6.4-liter V8.

Browse Jeep Wrangler listings here.