One of the many things that make Honda stand out from other brands is its loyalty to the stick shift. Many of the vehicles in the Honda lineup at Floyd Traylor Honda come with standard manual transmission and available automatic. However, some buyers may not really understand the difference. To help you get the Honda that’s right for you, we’ve outlined the basics of manual vs. automatic transmissions.
Those who are dedicated to manual transmissions are a proud group who enjoy a hands-on driving experience. With a manual transmission, drivers are responsible for shifting the engine into a higher gear as they accelerate. This is done by using the clutch pedal and the gear shifter in synchronicity with the acceleration. Manual transmissions provide more options for controlling the car, such as stopping by shifting down rather than braking, and often deliver better gas mileage. It can be tricky at first, but once a driver knows how to drive with a manual transmission, using a stick shift can add a fun element of control to driving.
With automatic transmissions, the car decides when to shift on the driver’s behalf. There’s no clutch pedal, just the gas and brake pedals which is simpler and favored by drivers who want less distraction on the road. You have less options with automatic, but for many drivers—especially new drivers—that’s preferred. If you drive in a high traffic area with lots of stopping and starting, automatic transmissions can be an easier option, especially when you’re faced with the challenge of starting on a hill.
If you’re still interested in learning more about the benefits of manual vs. automatic transmissions, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Floyd Traylor Honda. We’re always happy to help answer your Honda questions.