Manual vs. Automatic Transmissions

In today’s vehicles there are two main types of transmissions: manual and automatic. We’d like to take some time to discuss some of the pros and cons of either transmission type as well as address some common misconceptions.

manual transmissions vs. automatic transmissions

Myths about Manual Transmissions

Manual transmissions are certainly fun to drive, but they have some common misconceptions associated with them we’d like to address.

  • First, manuals don’t really get better gas mileage anymore; as technology has progressed, computers are starting to become more efficient than humans at shifting. The newest automatics are much more fuel efficient than the older models.
  • Second, manuals don’t save as much money in the long run as they used to. Automatics have come a long way and are now lasting the lifetime of the vehicle as opposed to a manual which will most likely need a clutch replacement once or twice.
  • Third, we’re starting to see features historically reserved for manuals showing up in automatic transmissions. This means, the argument that manuals offer more controls is starting to hold less weight as newer automatics are offering shifting controls.

Pros and Cons of Manual Transmissions

So, with some of the common myths of manual transmissions set aside, it’s time to cover the true pros and cons of manual transmissions.

Pros of a Manual Transmission:

  • Easier to repair because they are a simpler design.
  • Cheaper purchase price.
  • More fun to drive, but that’s quite subjective.

Cons of a Manual Transmission:

  • Not ideal for high-traffic situations or city driving which requires constant shifting.
  • Less popular which means less people can drive your car if needed; this also makes it a more cumbersome resale process.

Pros and Cons of an Automatic Transmission

What about automatic transmissions? Here are the pros and cons associated with a vehicle which uses an automatic transmission.

Pros of an Automatic Transmission:

  • Easier to drive and learn to drive.
  • Much more comfortable to drive in stop-and-go traffic.
  • Safer to drive as there are only 2 pedals and you can keep both hands on the wheel.

Cons of an Automatic Transmission:

  • More expensive repair.
  • Higher up-front cost.

At the end of the day, the choice you make with regards to the type of transmission you would like for your next vehicle should be based on your own preference. The differences above are so minute that in reality no one choice is truly better.

For more information on the pros and cons of manual or automotive transmission, get in touch with your local Frederick, MD transmission repair shop today.