It’s a question for the ages – should you choose a manual transmission or an automatic transmission? To tell you the truth, the answer changes depending on who you’re talking to. Some people live to grab ahold of that stick shift as they cruise down the open road. Others are perfectly happy without ever having to learn how to operate a manual transmission for as long as they live. Honestly, when it’s all said and done, it all comes down to personal choice. With that in mind, we’re here to give you some help in making that choice as we take a look at manual transmissions versus automatic transmissions.
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Let’s get the easiest part of the decision out of the way immediately. If you’re going to consider equipping your new Ford car, truck or SUV with a manual transmission, you first must learn how to operate a stick shift. For some, this comes as easy as riding a bike. For others, it’s quite difficult. Only time and practice will tell which it is for you. Now, let’s check out some of the other myths surrounding manual and automatic transmissions. One of the most prevalent myths is that models with a manual transmission get better gas mileage. This used to be true – without question or exception. But that’s not the case anymore. In fact, this varies from vehicle to vehicle. So, be sure to check out our Ford Model Research Page to find out if the model you’re considering purchasing gets better gas mileage with an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. Another common myth is that manual transmission equipped models cost less than models with an automatic transmission. Unlike the fuel economy myth, this still holds some weight. It is true that a model with a manual transmission often costs less, but it’s not always the case. Finally, there’s the fun-to-drive factor, which leads us back to our first point. Stick shifts can be incredibly fun – when you know how to use them. If you struggle, it can be frustrating and annoying and as far from fun as possible.
As you can see, it really does all come down to personal preference. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact our Brandon Ford staff in Tampa, FL.