Despite the improvements to modern automatics, we still would prefer to row our own gears in the choice. Unfortunately, newest car buyers don’t concur with our sentiment. CarMax has released some figures on manual transmission buying habits depending on data from the dealers. The numbers are pretty depressing for fans of cars with three pedals.
Some interesting tidbits:
- Only 3.7 percent from the vehicles CarMax sells are manuals.
- In 1995, stick shift cars accounted for about a quarter of CarMax’s sales.
- According towards data, drivers in Maine, Nh and New Mexico are about two times as about to invest in a manual car in comparison to the average CarMax shopper nationally.
- New Mexico offers the highest rate of stick shift vehicle purchases at 5.65 %, with Idaho (5.29 percent), Rhode Island (5.16 percent) and Utah (4.94 percent).
- Residents of Illinois could be the least gonna invest in a stick shift, by using a take rate of only 2.04 percent.
- Other states that shun manuals are Mississippi (2.06 percent), Louisiana (2.42 percent) and Georgia (2.71 percent).
- The CarMax store when using the highest sales of stick shift vehicles is within El Paso, Texas (6.09 percent).
- Dothan, Alabama (“nice area” – Jim Price) gets the next highest manual take rate at 6 percent, beating out Reno, Nevada (5.65 %) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (5.65 %).
- Residents of Birmingham, Alabama, buy the least range of manual cars at a rate of just one.98 percent.
- Perhaps unsurprisingly, Chicago buys the other least quantity of manuals at 2.03 percent, tying Tupelo, Mississippi, and merely beating out Jackson, Mississippi (2.07 percent).
Before you proclaim the top is nigh, there’s a silver lining: The manual transmission might be losing sight of style in mainstream vehicles, three pedals are nevertheless a prevalent choice in a good many of today’s affordable sports cars.
Over 1 / 2 the Mazda MX-5 Miatas purchased in the U.S. are manuals, and Eighty percent of Subaru BRZ, WRXs and STIs are sticks. Including the new JL Jeep Wrangler provides a manual option. Although the numbers look grim, you will find there’s surefire option to keep the stick shift alive: Get one.