Manual or Automatic: Which is right for you?

Things are never that simple. Manual and automatic transmission have their own pros and cons. It all depends on what you need.

Let’s get started 🙂

Before getting into the pros and cons of each transmission lets first do myth-busting!

Myth 1. Manual cars always get better fuel economy than cars with automatic transmission.

In the past, it was pretty much given that vehicles with a manual transmission would be more fuel-efficient than their automatic version. But as time passed technology has become better and now automatic transmissions deliver a fuel economy that is on par with their manual counterparts. In some cases automatics even better fuel-efficiency than manuals do.

Myth 2. Every car has a manual and an automatic

This assumption is totally untrue. This totally depends on the manufacturer.

Now, let’s get to the pros and cons of each transmission.

Manual Transmission


  • The vehicle is more engaging for the drivers
  • The driver has full control over gears and when to shift.
  • Usually, less expensive than automatic.
  • The transmission is cheaper to repair.


  • Manual transmission get tiresome in heavy traffic.
  • It requires precise control on hills to avoid stalling or rolling back.
  • It’s harder to find a manual on higher trims.

Automatic Transmission


  • It’s easier to drive in stop-and-go traffic.
  • The transmission shifts quicker and smoother(not in all cases).
  • Easier to perform a hill start(no stalling).


  • It’s more expensive to buy than a manual.
  • Due to more moving parts, greater repair costs.
  • A transmission with too many gears might shift too often.

Now, the Indian market is shifting towards the automatic trend as the technology is improving. Also, automatics provide the ease of driving in our conditions.

But still, nothing can replace a stick shift!

And on that note, it’s time to end 🙂

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