Even if/when manual transmissions go away, people will still argue about how much better driving was with them. Same with anything: the future is scary, change is bad, and I want things to be the way they were before. That's really what every manual evangelist wants, to go back to when automatics were inferior by every metric.Sold review, explains what's so good about the A10. But what I highlighted in bold is what I just can't get past. No matter how good an automatic is, it doesn't replace slamming the clutch in and slamming that lever into the next gate. If I didn't already come from an automatic performance car, I would have gotten the A10, no question. But I'm glad I already had that experience beforehand and knew I would miss that too much. I daily drive an automatic, so I need my fun car to check ALL the boxes.
But I agree, you literally can't go wrong with either choice. This discussion comes up on this board and every other car discussion board in history, including every facebook group, pretty much once a month at the least. Stick jerkers versus D for drivers. And the consensus is always that somehow everyone is wrong. I love it. This discussion will never truly die until the manual itself does, which is coming very soon.