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Edmunds: Five great cars you can still get with a stick shift

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Best cars with manual transmissions

A gear shift in a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

It's true that cars with a manual transmission are a dying breed. According to Edmunds research, manual-equipped vehicles make up less than 3 percent of current U.S. car sales. Automakers are making automatic transmissions standard because the latest ones return better fuel economy, and they shift quicker and smoother than even the best manual transmissions.

For some drivers, though, pushing a clutch pedal and rowing your gears are among the most satisfying parts of the driving experience. For others, nostalgia explains the attraction. If you're in either camp, know that some mainstream cars are available with a manual. We've rounded up some of our favorites from a variety of vehicle classes.


2018 Honda Accord

This photo provided by Honda shows the 2018 Honda Accord, a midsize sedan that's available with a manual transmission. The Accord makes an excellent family car, and the manual transmission provides an added level of driver engagement. (Courtesy American Honda Motor Co. via AP)

One of the most appealing sedans on the market is the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord. The Accord boasts a high-quality cabin, generous cargo space, high-tech options and engaging performance. Under the hood is one of two available engines: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both are turbocharged and available with a six-speed manual transmission as a no-cost option on the Sport trim level. Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the 2018 Accord Sport with the 1.5-liter engine: $25,780 plus $890 destination


2017 Mazda 6

This photo provided by Mazda shows the 2017 Mazda 6, a midsize sedan that's available with a manual transmission. The Mazda 6 is definitely worth a look for buyers interested in a comfortable, stylish sedan with three pedals. (Morgan J Segal/Courtesy Mazda North American Operations via AP)

With its fair share of style and a likable powertrain, the Mazda 6 is another excellent midsize sedan that offers a manual transmission. You can only get it on the Mazda 6's base Sport and midlevel Touring trims, but even those trim levels provide many desirable features. Other highlights for the Mazda 6 include pleasing power from its four-cylinder engine, a fun-to-drive nature and a classy-looking cabin. A 2018 Mazda 6 is coming this spring that offers similar qualities with updated styling and technology. MSRP for the 2017 Mazda 6 Touring: $24,195 plus $890 destination


2018 Jeep Wrangler

This photo provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles shows the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Wrangler is an off-road-focused SUV that offers a manual transmission for buyers who want to shift their own gears. (Courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles North America via AP)

The new 2018 Jeep Wrangler has been vastly improved with this year's redesign. For now, you can only get the manual with the 3.6-liter V6, but you can put that powertrain package in either the two- or the four-door Wrangler. You can also choose all sorts of options to go along with it. Thanks to high ground clearance, big tires and four-wheel drive, the Wrangler is one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the road today. Yet this new model is also more practical and comfortable than ever before. MSRP for the four-door 2018 Wrangler Unlimited Sport S: $33,695 plus $1,195 destination


2018 Audi A4

This photo provided by Audi shows the 2018 Audi A4, a luxury sedan that's available with a manual transmission. The Audi is engaging to drive, feels luxurious both inside and out, and has lots of available tech. (Jim Fetts/Courtesy Audi via AP)

For a more luxurious experience, there's the 2018 Audi A4. A manual transmission is available in all three of the A4's trim levels:, Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. And it is paired to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive. As we've come to expect from Audi in recent years, the interior of the A4 has a user-friendly design, comfortable seats and excellent cabin materials. It's a no-brainer if you're looking for an upscale sedan with three pedals. MSRP for the 2018 A4 Premium: $40,500 plus $975 destination


2018 BMW 340i xDrive

This photo provided by BMW shows the 2018 BMW 340i xDrive, a luxury sedan that offers a manual transmission as a no-cost option. Among its strengths, the 340i xDrive has all-wheel drive, which increases all-weather capability. (Chris Tedesco/Courtesy BMW of North America via AP)

A direct competitor of the A4 is the perennial luxury sedan powerhouse known as the BMW 3 Series. Unlike the Audi, which comes with only all-wheel drive when you opt for a manual, the BMW offers a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive as well as four-cylinder or six-cylinder power to go with the manual transmission. From the stylish exterior to the impeccable interior build quality and the modern tech, there's a lot to like about the 3 Series sedan. MSRP for the 2018 BMW 340i xDrive sedan: $50,950 plus $995 destination


Many budget-oriented vehicles offer a manual transmission. Worth checking out are Honda's Civic and HR-V crossover SUV, Kia's Soul hatchback and Toyota's Corolla iM hatchback. Of course, there are many high-performance vehicles that you can get today with a stick shift. In the compact category, check out the Ford Focus ST or RS, the Honda Civic Type R, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Mini Cooper Hardtop, the Subaru WRX and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Detroit's muscle cars are keeping up tradition, too: The Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang all still have manuals. Don't bother with Ferrari, though. Nothing coming from Maranello, Italy, has a clutch pedal anymore.

EDMUNDS SAYS: If you're looking for a car with a manual transmission, you don't have to look far. Sedans, SUVs, luxury cars, small hatchbacks and sports cars all have something to offer in the manual-transmission category. Just try not to stall yours when you pull away from the dealer lot.


This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Travis Langness is an automotive editor at Edmunds. Twitter: @travislangness.

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