So you want to be a real Jalop? Well then, as you may be aware you need to drive a stick shift (haha just kidding, ...mostly). If you’re in the US and want one you’re faced with an ever shrinking list of options. Sadly more warriors have fallen in the battle against torque converters and flappy-paddles.
Small and Midsize Cars For compacts not much has changed, instead of a Mazda 2 we have a Scion iA. The Buick Regal and VW Passat drop their cluches in 2016 :(
Buick Verano (turbo only)
Mini (all models)
Mitsubishi Lancer/Evolution (discontinued)
Nissan Versa/Versa Note
Trucks and SUVs With the exception of Jeep,
Fiat, and Subaru only front wheel drive CUVs offer a manual option. For trucks only the Tacoma offers a manual on 4/6 cylinders and 2/4 wheel drive configurations (i.e. non-worktrucks). Like the FJ Cruiser, the Nissan Xterra bit the dust along with its transmission.
Fiat 500X (fwd only)
Honda HRV (fwd only)
Mazda CX5 (fwd only)
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (fwd only)
Nissan Juke (fwd only)
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon (4cyl 2wd only)
Dodge Ram HD (Cummins only)
Nissan Frontier (4cyl 2wd and 6cyl 4x4 ProX crew go figure)
The Cadillac non-V ATS loses it’s manual. The old Inifiniti G coupe Q60 gets discontinued. I put the Chevy SS here, because where else should I put it?
Audi A4/S4 (last year?)
BMW 2 Series
BMW 3/4 Series
Cadillac ATS (4 cyl only)
Sport(y) Cars No more gated shifters for the Audi R8, but the Jaguar F Type is a new member to the club! The Mercedes SLK is no more, and it’s replacement is auto only. Fiat just reveled the Miata-based 124 Roadster, I’m not sure if it’s technically available yet. I assume the Aston Martin Vantage still offers a manual, not that any exist probably.
Aston Martin Vantage
BMW Z4 (4 cyl only)
Dodge Challenger (8 cyl only)
Fiat 124 Spider
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Jaguar F Type (6 cyl only)
Mazda MX5 Miata
Porsche 911 (not on GT3 or Turbo)
And thus continues the slow inevitable march towards the extinction of the manual transmission. A few brands no longer offer any (Mercedes and Infiniti). At this rate soon no luxury or anything larger than a compact will have a manual, and high performance manuals may soon die off as well.
I would do a list of manuals outside of the US, but the list would be impossibly large. Pretty much every Peugeot, Citroen, Seat, Skoda, Opel, VW, Ford, Fiat, etc offers one. Some notable cars that are available in the US but have manuals available elsewhere:
Audi A3, A6
BMW 5, X1, X3
Mercedes CLA, C Class, E Class