Have you ever driven a car with a manual transmission?

Many drivers today can’t say they have, but plenty of car manufacturers still offer this option, and for good reason.  If you’re shopping for a new Ford vehicle, you’re in luck because this company makes cars with both manual and automatic transmission options, which allows you, as a consumer, to make the car-buying decision best for your unique needs.

If you’re on the edge about your decision to buy a manual or automatic transmission, here are some pros and cons of each to help you decide:



Historically, sporty cars come complete with manual transmissions, giving the driver full power of the car’s performance.  There was a time when cars with manual transmissions were far faster than their automatic transmission counterparts.  Although technology has largely changed the speed at which we travel, many owners of sports cars still prefer a manual transmission that puts the power in the palm of their hands.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is an awesome example of a sporty ride that does well with a manual transmission.  This athletic automobile is chic and racetrack-capable (if you’re planning on taking your heat to the approved streets.)


Fuel Efficiency

During the early days of the automatic transmission, manual vehicles were far more fuel efficient.  Today’s technologies, however, emphasize optimal gas mileage, no matter how your transmission is handled. Transmission hybrids rule today’s car lots, allowing drivers to shift between automatic and manual drive as they see fit.

The Ford Focus has an optional automatic transmission; great for drivers who are looking for the best of both worlds, and this compact car tends to rate quite well in terms of overall fuel efficiency.  

For folks who focus on a manual transmission, the Ford Focus RS is a monster machine whose capabilities are only meant for a stick shift.


Ease of Use

Drivers who aren’t accustomed to a clutch may find themselves frustrated when rush hour arrives.  Although seasoned stick shift drivers don’t often notice the difference in bumper-to-bumper traffic, people who are used to automatic transmissions often fall prey to irritability when in a jam.  

If you’re someone who finds yourself sitting in traffic or stopping at signs on every corner, you might find an automatic transmission to be more convenient for your needs.  City drivers who experience a lot of stop-and-go, whether it’s caused by interstate stoppage or inner-city signage, often prefer automatic transmissions to take care of the shifting for them.


Each Ford vehicle is designed to meet its new owner’s needs.  Automatic and manual transmissions are each great in their own right, and your personal lifestyle may ultimately dictate the best decision for your future transmission.

Before you buy your next Ford vehicle, make sure you test drive both automatic and  manual transmission options.  Come see our team at Ford Country in Las Vegas, and let us help you find your next automobile. Call 702-558-8063 to schedule your test drive today!

Posted 12/5/16 – http://www.fordcountrylv.com/blog/2016/12/5/advice-on-choosing-a-transmission-for-ford-vehicle-manual-vs-automatic/