Manual transmissions are a dying breed. Once a common option in every model, the list of cars available with a stick shift gets smaller every year. But
Hondahas good news for fans of the third pedal. The 2022 Honda Civic hatchback will offer a manual transmission in at least two of its trims.
HondaCivic begins the model’s 11th generation, and thankfully the new design doesn’t veer too far from the car’s tradition. The automaker already released specs for eight different trims (four sedans and four hatchbacks). Details on two high-performance options are expected later this year.
Manual transmissions are still available in most sport-sedans, but even some of those models have discarded the stick shift as the auto industry gives way to increased automation and self-driving technology.
2022 Honda Civics with a stick-shift option
Of the 12 different Civics expected to be released in 2022, only two trims—the Sport hatchback and the Touring hatchback—are confirmed to offer a manual transmission.
Car and Driver, there are two Civic engines released to date: the 158-hp, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder for the LX and Sport trims and the 180-hp, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder in the EX and Touring. With manual transmission available in the Sport and Touring hatchbacks, you can get a stick shift for either engine.
Specs for the Sporty Si and the Type R Civics are yet to be announced, but we can assume stick shifts and clutches will be available in them since they’re marketed as the highest performance versions of the model.
The fate of the manual transmission
While total extinction probably won’t happen for a few years, stick shifts are on a similar trajectory as vinyl and printed newspapers—they’re still available but are only interesting to an increasingly specific market.
Most of the available 2022 models with a manual gearbox listed by
MotorBiscuitare luxury sedans like Aston Martin Vantage or the Porsche 911. It makes sense that the owners of these cars would want the power and control that comes with a manual transmission.
But you don’t have to dole out extreme amounts of cash to have a row-it-yourself driving experience. The Chevy Spark, Kia Forte, and Mitsubishi Mirage all start under $20,000 and are available with manual transmissions.
The savings related to owning a manual car
Despite their dwindling numbers, manuals are much easier on the pocketbook than their automatic contemporaries—and not just at the sales lot. Manuals require less upkeep, saving you money on labor costs at the garage. If driven properly, they are also more fuel-efficient.
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