Jen emailed me this article that’s an argument for why automatic transmission vehicles are better than sticks. Of course, having bought my WRX earlier this year — and never for a moment considered not getting a stick — I completely disagree. Why? As the author with the opposing viewpoint puts it, “The plain truth is that sticks rule.” And are simply more fun to drive, which is the point that the automatic tranny author just glazes over at the end of the article. The second article also makes a good point about automatics making people lazy, which, of course, is the American way. So it’s no surprise that more people prefer automatics.
But that doesn’t make it a better driving experience. With 227 horses under the hood, why would I harness those stallions with an automatic?