Cooley On Cars
Top 5: Top-selling cars with a stick in 2016Brian Cooley runs down the big sellers of 2016 that come with a stick shift.
You know the complaint. Nobody makes cars with a stick anymore. That's because we don't want them. In the US over 90% of new cars and light trucks are sold with an automatic transmission. From that you can either infer that that's what we want or car makers are idiots. I'm going with the former. Worldwide, the numbers are a little more balanced. About a third of gas engine cars around the globe shift with a manual, about two-thirds of diesels. Now this list isn't for performance car buffs, you know what cars have a clutch, I'm talking today to the everyday driver who needs an everyday car and is curious about getting one with a manual transmission. Here are the top selling cars of early 2016 that offer one. [SOUND] Number five is the 2016 Ford Focus. Focus may be the most manual rich line of any on our list. You can get the five- or six-speed in any of three trim levels. And I'm not even mentioning the hot ST and RS upper-end model. Whether you get a five or six, by the way, is geared toward whether or not you get a three or four cylinder engine, but you got a lot of choices. [NOISE] Number 4 is the 16 Nissan Sentra. Now the downside is to get a manual in a Sentra you've got to go low rent, the base trim, the S trim car. Getting a little grim there. All the other Sentras come with a CVT, which in and of itself, may be enough motivation to learn to drive a stick. [MUSIC] Number three is the 16 Honda Accord. The Accord's a real oddball on this list. First of all, it's the only car that isn't a little tiny compact. Second of all, it really rubs Camry and Sonata's nose in it, cuz they don't offer a manual in any way, shape or form. The Accord does on three trim levels. Unfortunately, none of them have the V-6. [SOUND] Number two is the Toyota Corolla. Now this is interesting, cuz as you might imagine, the base the stripped Corolla offers a manual. Ok, not too interesting. But then they have this sleeker model further up in the line called the S Plus MT. The MT stands for manual transmission. So it is the way they still get a bargain price Corolla with a little more driver involvement that includes your left leg. [SOUND] Now before I get you to number one, here's the real number one. Rams big trucks, a 2500 and 3500, these big boys still offer an option for a manual transmission, while Ford Super-Duty has long gone all automatic Now I don't put these at number one because they're so often commercial or business purchases, and by the way, the Ram 1500 that you would likely get for yourself, that is automatic only. The number one selling car here in the US that still offers a manual transmission is the Honda Civic, the LX trim, coupe, and sedan. Now that means you have to get the two liter Older technology engine, unfortunately. Not the new one and a half liter turbo motor. That's a bit of a come-down. On the other hand, that two liter is still i-VTEC. You can get ready for it to kick in and use your clutch. Demodulated. More Top five lists await the car lover. Go to CNETOnCars.com and click on Top 5. [BLANK_AUDIO]