How to Decide Between Manual and Automatic Transmissions

If you are trying to decide between a manual and automatic transmission for your next vehicle, check out some of the differences below.

  • Overall Difference – A manual transmission is also known as a stick shift. This means you are using a stick and a clutch pedal to change gears. An automatic transmission is more common these days. This type of transmission changes gears without the driver having to do anything. An automatic transmission changes gears either hydraulically or electronically.


  • Cost – Next, let’s look at how these transmissions differ in cost. In initial cost, the manual transmission is going to be the less expensive option. If you are looking to add an automatic transmission to your vehicle, it could cost around $1,000. Also, in terms of running costs, the manual transmission is also cheaper. The manual transmission almost always gets better fuel efficiency than the automatic, so you will be spending less on gas if you choose the manual. However, the efficiency will only usually differ by one or two miles per gallon. Another factor to consider with cost is the cost of maintenance. Again, the manual transmission is simpler, so it will require less maintenance cost.


  • Power – There is also a slight difference when it comes to using power with your transmission. In a manual, you are shifting through each gear yourself, but with an automatic, the transmission is not as exact. This means you can harness more of your vehicle’s power using a manual transmission. You can be sure you get all the power out of a specific gear before you shift up.


  • Convenience – The last factor we will consider is all about convenience for your life. A manual transmission may give you better gas mileage, but it doesn’t tend to work as well in stop and go traffic because it requires constant shifting. Another thing to consider is that not everyone knows how to use a manual transmission, and it can be a challenge for those who aren’t used to it.

Are you trying to decide between a manual and automatic transmission on your next Ram vehicle? There are some key differences for both of these options, and we hope our discussion above helped you determine which is the better fit for you. If you have any further questions, you can feel free to reach out to us at Ray CDJR.

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