Last year, we revisited the death of the manual transmission. For shoppers who still want to learn or those who want to refresh their skills on the open road, they’ve got a few options when it comes to used cars. Here’s our list of the top used cars for learning to use a manual transmission for every walk of life.
When AWD Is a Priority
For drivers who want a manual with all-wheel drive (AWD), the Subaru WRX is a top choice. Not only did the 2016 model score an 8.5/10 from our reviewer, but the 2015-2018 version is also in the top three for highest number of leads in 2019. And what’s not to love? The base trim packs a hefty amount of power, with 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and includes good-to-have features like torque vectoring and brake assist to help in inclement conditions.
When Speed Is a Priority
Once you’ve got the basics, or if you’re looking for a new-to-you ride with a manual, you have plenty of speedy options. You can set your sights on the 2015-2018 Ford Mustang, which is a top choice for CarGurus shoppers, as it has the highest number of unique leads. The Mustang has been improving in the eyes of our reviewers year after year, with the 2018 model scoring an 8.3/10. It also has the benefit of having the most listings for a manual vehicle on our site, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find the perfect package.
When Space Is a Priority
With 72.4 cubic feet of cargo space, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is one of the only top-searched manuals that includes plenty of space. Our reviewer gave the 2018 model an overall score of 7.5/10, an improvement compared to the 2016 version thanks to better technology and slightly improved safety features.
When Safety Is a Priority
Shopping for a younger driver? It’s hard to go wrong with the Honda Civic. Both the 2015 and 2016 models scored 9/10 for safety, thanks in part to their LaneWatch system and Honda Sensing Safety system. Both models also earned a 5-star rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
When Style Is a Priority
If you’re looking for a manual car that will make you stand out, set your sights on the MINI Cooper. With its iconic 1960s-inspired design–and the option of British Racing Green or Union Jack details–it will always make an entrance. Our reviewer gave the 2015 model a 9/10 for Look and Feel.
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