Person in the driver seat of a car with their hand on the gear shift

What’s the Difference Between Automatic and Manual Transmissions?

Manual vs Automatic Car Transmission

Shopping for a new or used vehicle? It’s likely that you have seen certain models offering a manual transmission while others offer automatic. What’s the difference between automatic and manual transmissions? Is one better than the other? Let’s explore the pros and cons of driving with each transmission.

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Close up of a manual transmission gear shift knob

Pros and Cons of Manual Transmissions

Typically found in older vehicles and some performance cars, manual transmissions offer many pros and cons. Regarding benefits, those driving manual can enjoy increased fuel economy and cheaper repair bills if something were to happen mechanically. Also, manual transmissions puts the driver in more control. This may also be seen as a negative as it requires more work than that of an automatic transmission. In fact, one hand must be removed from the steering wheel in order to change gears. As a result, learning how to drive manual is more challenging and takes time. Thus, less people are looking to purchase manuals and are willing to learn.

Close up of the gear shift knob of an automatic transmission

Pros and Cons of Automatic Transmissions

Comparing automatic to manual, automatic is much easier to learn and keeps both hands on the wheel. There are only two pedals versus a few, and the driver can maintain focus on the road at all times. This is all due to gear shifts happening automatically without the manual input of the driver. Thus, this is often the more common choice, especially among new and young drivers.

Now, what are the downsides of driving with an automatic transmission? Some drivers really enjoy the feeling of controlling the gear shifts and wouldn’t experience that with automatic. Automatic is also less fuel-efficient than manual and is more costly to repair.

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Overall, less experienced drivers should stick to automatic as this transmission is much easier to use. If you are an experienced driver that wants a different driving style, then you may find what you are looking for in a manual transmission.

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