Ah, the joys of a standard gearbox.

If you're a control freak like myself, there really is not too much to dislike. Unless you are a commuter battling awful city traffic for several hours a day.

Otherwise, driving a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission is an absolute hoot. I cannot think of one vehicle that I have driven while equipped with a manual that I have utterly despised. Even the 2010 Jeep Wrangler I drove with a six-speed was a blast!

Of course not in the same way driving a six-speed 2011 BMW 335iS is.

But our friends at Consumer Reports put together a video and a list of ALL of the current model vehicles you can equip with a true transmission.

And, as you would expect, there are some shockers.

Did you know you could get a Volvo C70, Volkswagen Tiguan or a Mercedes-Benz SLK AND row the gears?

**For the full list of current model cars with clutches, click "Read Article"

Inspired by a Car and Driver campaign called "Save the Manuals," we recently espoused the virtues of operating a manual transmission. As car enthusiasts, our Cars staff appreciates having more direct control over the car and the entertainment that provides.

Consumer Reports tests have shown that manual transmissions typically use about 10-percent less fuel than their automatic counterparts and allow cars to accelerate quicker, as well. Factor in typical purchase savings of about $1,000 over the cost of an automatic, and what's not to love?

(OK, admittedly manuals can be tedious in congested metropolitan areas.)

Due to dwindling popularity, it has become increasingly difficult to find new cars with a manual transmission. Even if it is technically offered, many dealers may not carry them.

To help with the search for this endangered species, we have put together this spotter's guide to current, mainstream models....

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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