As American drivers, we tend to drive vehicles with automatic transmissions. This means we often believe myths about manual transmissions and have some unfounded assumptions about our automatics. Here are a few common misconceptions about transmissions:
Manual transmissions are cheaper
A lot of automakers do offer their base models with manual transmissions and up the price by a small amount to switch to an automatic. However, that is not always the case. Some automakers like GM and BMW offer automatic and manuals at the same price.
All cars come with an automatic option
Because we are so used to having access to automatic transmissions, many of us believe that no matter which car we want, we can get it with an automatic transmission. However, some dream cars, like select Mustang, Golf, and foreign models, only offer manual transmissions.
Sports cars only come with manuals
On the flip side, some people think the fastest, highest-performance sports cars only come with manual transmissions. This is also not true. Many popular sports cars, from Lamborghinis to Ferraris to Porsches to the Corvette, are available with automatic transmission. Sports car enthusiasts may tell you that you’ll have more fun with a manual transmission, but sports cars with an automatic are also fun to drive.
Manual transmissions get better fuel economy
This is a prevalent myth about transmissions because, at one time, it was true. In the past, manual transmissions did indeed offer superior fuel economy. However, automakers have innovated automatic transmission technology over the last several decades to improve fuel economy. The advent of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which many vehicles now offer, really changed the game. Nowadays, it is more likely that the automatic transmission version of a car, truck, or SUV will offer superior fuel economy, not the manual gearbox.
To learn more about both types of transmissions and find the perfect option for you, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.