When I went out to buy a new Mustang back in 1999, my only 2 requirements were that it had a 6 cylinder engine and a manual transmission. The dealership told me there were only 3 with those two in the entire state of Utah, and I could choose between the red one, the other red one or the third red one.
So I got a red one.
Saturday I was at the Honda dealership looking at cars with a friend. She ended up buying a new Honda CRV. While the paperwork was being put together I inquired about a Civic sedan, and discovered something I find to be a disturbing trend in the automotive world.
There are only 2 Hondas that even offer a manual transmission in their lineup. One is the Honda Fit, which looks like a shuttle from Star Trek, and is definitely not my style.
The other option is the Civic Si Coupe, which only comes with a 6-speed manual.
Now, this is more my style, but frankly if I was going to buy a 2 door coupe it would probably be a Mustang or a Challenger.
Now I haven’t looked into other vehicle lines, but chances are good that if Honda is eliminating the manual transmission in most of it’s line-up, so are other manufacturers.
And I find it just a little sad that if you are looking for a nice small sedan with a clutch, your options are being limited.