2018 Cars You Can Still Buy with a Manual Transmission

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By |2018-06-19T15:49:19-04:00June 14, 2018 - 08:07AM|Car Buying|

When purchasing a vehicle, the type of transmission you choose can have a huge effect on your driving experience. A car’s transmission is something you’ll interact with in one way or another every time you get behind the wheel.

Of course, the two basic choices are manual and automatic transmissions. Automatic transmissions are more popular by a huge margin. These gearboxes offer a convenience that resonates with most car buyers.

But even though vehicles with manual transmissions account for just a small percentage of car sales, the shoppers who choose them tend to be very passionate. Manual gearboxes facilitate a higher level of driver engagement. They allow you to control engine performance in a very direct and satisfying way.

Plunging demand has caused automakers to produce fewer and fewer stick-shift vehicles. This can make it challenging to find transportation equipped with this type of gearbox, especially in certain segments.

Below, we’ve put together a list of all vehicles from the 2018 model year available with a manual transmission. If you’re interested in purchasing a car, truck or crossover with this type of gearbox, we invite you to use our list to inform your search.

Small Sedans, Hatchbacks and Wagons

Compact and subcompact cars offer the widest variety of choices for shoppers seeking vehicles with a stick-shift transmission. This list includes budget-priced models such as the Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Cruze. It also includes sporty performance variants such as Ford’s Focus RS and ST models, and Honda’s Civic Type R.

Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Sonic
Chevrolet Spark
Fiat 500
Ford Fiesta and Fiesta ST
Ford Focus, Focus RS and Focus ST
Honda Civic and Civic Type R
Honda Fit
Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Elantra and Elantra GT
Hyundai Veloster
Kia Forte
Kia Rio
Kia Soul
Mazda Mazda3
Mini Clubman
Mini Countryman
Mini Hardtop
Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4
Nissan Sentra
Nissan Versa
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX and WRX STI
Toyota Corolla and Corolla iM
Toyota Yaris and Yaris iA
Volkswagen Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R and Golf SportWagen
Volkswagen Jetta

Midsize Sedans

Midsize sedans are popular choices for shoppers in search of family transportation. The list of vehicles offered with manual transmissions in this segment is slim, and it includes just two choices: the Honda Accord and the Mazda Mazda6. Both of these models have been redesigned for the 2018 model year.

If you’re shopping for a sedan that lets you row your own gears, midsize is as big as it gets. Currently, there aren’t any 2018 full-size sedans available with stick-shift gearboxes.

Honda Accord
Mazda Mazda6

Coupes and Convertibles 

Many coupes and convertibles rank among the most stylish and fun-to-drive choices in the automotive universe.

Interested in knowing the specific body styles of the models listed below? The Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang and Nissan 370Z are sold in both coupe and convertible body styles. The Fiat 124 Spyder, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Mini Convertible are offered solely as drop-tops. The Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 are offered solely as coupes.

Honda’s ever-popular Civic is sold as a coupe, hatchback and sedan. It also makes an appearance on our list of small sedans, hatchbacks and wagons with manual transmissions.

Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Corvette
Dodge Challenger
Fiat 124 Spyder
Ford Mustang and Mustang Shelby GT350
Honda Civic
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mini Convertible
Nissan 370Z
Subaru BRZ
Toyota 86


Audi, BMW and Porsche continue to lead the charge when it comes to providing luxury cars equipped with manual transmissions. A stick-shift gearbox is available with Audi’s A4, A5 and high-performance S5. BMW offers a manual transmission with its 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series models, as well as with the high-performance M variants of these cars.

Aston Martin redesigned its Vantage for the 2018 model year. Even though a manual transmission isn’t currently available with this car, Aston Martin has promised to add one to the lineup in the near future.

Audi A4
Audi A5 and S5
BMW 2 Series and M2
BMW 3 Series and M3
BMW 4 Series and M4
Cadillac ATS and ATS-V
Jaguar F-Type
Lotus Evora
Porsche 718 Boxster
Porsche 718 Cayman
Porsche 911


When it comes to SUVs, manual transmissions are offered solely on compact and subcompact models such as the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V. The subcompact Nissan Juke was offered with a stick-shift transmission, but 2017 was the Juke’s final year of production. Its replacement, the Nissan Kicks, isn’t available with a manual gearbox.

Fiat 500X
Honda HR-V
Jeep Compass
Jeep Renegade
Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler JK
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Subaru Crosstrek
Subaru Forester


Manual transmissions tend to be more widely available on the smaller models in the truck segment, such as the Chevrolet Colorado and Nissan Frontier. The only full-size pickups on our list are the Ram 2500 and 3500.

Chevrolet Colorado
GMC Canyon
Nissan Frontier
Ram 2500 and 3500
Toyota Tacoma


Shifting Times

It’s true that the number of models available with manual transmissions has dwindled in recent years. This trend shows no sign of changing.

But, as our list indicates, car shoppers who want to shift their own gears still have some solid options available.

If you have questions about this story, please contact us at Editors@carfax.com

About the Author:

Based in Los Angeles, Warren Clarke got his start in automotive journalism working as an editor at Edmunds.com. Since then, his work has been published in outlets such as the New York Daily News, Car & Driver, Credit Karma, AARP and Ride by Kelley Blue Book. He's written automotive content that includes everything from model overviews to consumer advice articles, and he enjoys providing readers with information that can simplify and enhance their lives.