There is another positive point to manual transmissions in cars: they are much better in winter driving. Not that Larry has to worry there in Texas, but most of the rest of us do. With the standard, I have direct control and can work the car out of a lot of slippery road sections. You can't burn out the transmission if you are stuck. As well, it is easy to put in the clutch and coast on black ice. This has worked 3 of 4 times for me. Well, one time I should have put in the clutch while sliding on a bridge, but didn't. I ended up putting my dad's new Blazer over an enbankment and caused $12,000 damage 21 years ago.