Mentioning modern traditionalists can conjure up images of annoying bearded men in waxed Filson jackets and flannel shirts, expounding on the benefits of using a straight razor or why the whiskey they’ve distilled in their bathtub is better than one distilled using modern techniques. Likewise, mention driving a stick shift and you’re sure to encounter an eye roll or an indignant round of questions along the lines of, “What’s the point?” or, “You know you don’t have to switch gears in an automatic, right?” And while those who drive manual transmission vehicles are often painted with the same brush as the newly-licensed 16-year old roaring through your cul-de-sac at night in an ‘86 Prelude (RIP) with several holes in the muffler, here at Alberta Honda we still believe that there is a place for the traditionalist who enjoys the feeling of control and precision offered by a manual transmission. So with that in mind, we figured we’d take a few moments to talk about driving a Honda with a manual transmission.
Which Honda Vehicles Still Utilize A Manual Transmission?
For those who love the feeling of driving a manual, Honda offers several of their vehicles with a manual transmission. The 2019 Honda Fit offers the choice between Honda’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) or a 6-speed manual, perfect for those who want to stay engaged during their drive in the city. The 2019 Accord also offers the choice between a CVT, 6-speed manual, or 10-speed automatic—although if you’ve made it this far you probably don’t care about anything other than that sweet 6-speed. Finally, the various Civic models and trims all offer a variety of choices as far as transmissions are concerned, differing from model to model with the exception of the sporty Civic Type R. Amateur drivers need not apply when it comes to this powerful hot hatch, which is only offered in a short throw 6-speed manual—complete with rev-match control—giving you unparalleled control over the Type R’s 306-horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.
So Why Drive A Manual Transmission?
There are plenty of great reasons for driving a car equipped with a manual transmission, the first of which being it offers more control over your drive. Whether you’re downshifting to use the engine to brake (a trick that saves you from accidentally locking your wheels when braking during Edmonton’s long winters), or just to get a boost of power, driving a manual transmission provides a more hands-on and intuitive driving experience. Another benefit is that they’re generally less expensive to purchase, cheaper to maintain, and offer better fuel efficiency. So for anyone on a budget, a manual might be the best bet. Finally, fewer manual transmission vehicles get stolen compared to automatic transmissions, and the margin is getting larger every year. With fewer people knowing how to drive a manual, you can rest knowing that the new generation of criminals is less likely to be able to steal your car.
For those who love the feeling of total control over their Honda, or just for those who want to save a few bucks over the course of a year, driving a Honda with a manual transmission is the way to go. To learn everything there is to know about Honda’s with manual transmissions (other than how to drive one), contact the team at Alberta Honda today!