The days are numbered. Manual transmissions simply don’t serve much of a purpose, other than to satisfy the needs of a very niche consumer group these days. Long ago, a manual transmission guaranteed better fuel economy, and cheaper prices. Now, manual gearboxes sit as no-cost options or, in the case of some vehicles, actually cost more.
Car Talk has compiled a list of every single vehicle sold in the United States offering a manual transmission and, guess who offers the most vehicles equipped with a stick? General Motors.
That’s right, of the 85 vehicles listed, GM has the highest proportion of cars offered with manual transmissions. From the bread-and-butter Chevrolet bottom of the company’s lineup, all the way to to Cadillac-crested tippy top, there’s a manual gearbox to be found, even in two Buicks.
We’ve skimmed the list and provided each GM branded vehicle with a manual transmission for you in the list below:
- 2016 Chevrolet Spark
- 2016 Chevrolet Sonic
- 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
- 2015 Chevrolet Colorado
- 2016 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2015 Chevrolet SS
- 2015 Corvette Stingray and Z06
- 2016 Buick Verano
- 2016 Buick Regal GS
- 2015 GMC Canyon
- 2016 Cadillac ATS and ATS-V
Granted, there are some catches to get behind the wheel and row your own in some of these cars. Where some vehicles, like the Chevrolet SS and Buick Regal GS, offer a manual as a no-cost option, others like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon can only be had with a stick if you choose the cheapo, bargain-bin base model with two-wheel drive, and the four-cylinder. The Colorado and Canyon in particular also get worse fuel economy than their automatic, V6 powered brethren.
So there you have it, every GM vehicle offered with a stick shift. Is there a particular model or trim variant you feel deserves a manual option? Talk to us down below.