I have argued in the past that we are in a golden age of manual transmissions. Cars like the GTI, Mustang, Z, Civic Si etc have never been better. But that is all an illusion for anyone who doesn’t want 2 doors, or 4 cylinders.

In college I had a few cars; all Accords and Maximas. I preferred the Accord’s chassis, but with loud parts the Maximas sounded incredible, and was butter smooth. They were all stickshift. My friends had a lot of V6 sedans as well.... TLs, Altimas, even some G35s. If I recall correctly, ~10 years ago you could get any of these sedans with a manual gear box and more than 4 cylinders:

  • Acura TL
  • Audi A4
  • Audi S4
  • BMW 3 series
  • BMW 5 series
  • BMW M3
  • BMW M5
  • Cadillac CTS
  • Cadillac CTS-V
  • Ford Fusion?
  • Honda Accord!
  • Infiniti G35
  • Lexus IS250
  • Mazda 6
  • Mercedes C-Class (I think)
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Maxima (I think)
  • Volvo S60
  • Volkswagen Passat

Of all of these, only the BMW 3/M3/M5 remain!!!!

I don’t mind 4-cylinders but I wouldn’t mind another V6. Now you have to spend at least $50K or so for that privilege. Part of it is just the fact that 6 cylinders are dying, but part of it is also that the pairing of 6 cylinders with a manual gearbox in a 4 door chassis is just going away. It sucks!