What are the Differences Between Automatic and Manual Transmissions?

December 10th, 2020 by

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Automatic Transmission vs Manual Transmissions

Most vehicles nowadays offer an automatic transmission as the default, standard option. However, other models come with a manual transmission, either as a cost-cutting measure or as an option for a customer’s driving style. So, what are the differences between these two vehicle transmission options? Today at Carl Black Hiram, we’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of both automatic transmissions and manual transmissions so you can pick the right option for your driving lifestyle.

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Automatic Transmissions – Advantages

Easy to Learn and Use

More Common on Modern Car Models

Provides a Better Fuel Economy

Provides Quick and Smooth Transitioning

Automatic Transmissions – Disadvantages

More Expensive to Repair

Not as “Exciting” as Manual Cars


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Manual Transmissions – Advantages

More Affordable (Purchase and Repairs)

Provides More Driver Control

Provides More Driver Engagement

Manual Transmissions – Disadvantages

A Learning Curve

Hard to Find on Modern Car Models

Requires Precision and Proper Timing for Gear Shifts

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