• 2006 Mazda Miata

    Ever since the early 1950s, Americans have loved the easy-to-drive charms of the automatic gearbox so much, that most Americans today don’t know how -- or want -- to drive a manual stick-shift car. Historically, those who want to drive manuals have been sports car fans eager for the extra control and flexibility of a manual transmission, or eco-minded drivers looking to eek out extra gas mileage with carefully-planned gear changes. Nowadays, many automatics offer gas mileage that equals or beats the stick-shift equivalents, but that hasn’t stopped a resurgence in popularity in the...

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