MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report shows fewer Americans own a car with manual transmission let alone know how to operate one. And there appear to be a number of reasons for it.

The report from U.S. News and World Report show only 18 percent of U.S. drivers know how to operate a stick shift. It says that because of advancements in automatic transmissions and fuel economy, only about 5 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. today come with a stick shift. That’s down from 25 percent of cars in 1987.

The third pedal is also bad for re-sale value, on average selling for $2,000 less than cars with automatic transmissions.

  1. G says:

    Besides they really don’t make them much more the numbers don’t surprise me. And with the mind set of the Americans how could they anyway? They are on the cell phone talking or looking down to text, drinking or eating and with the women, putting make up. Most don’t even know how to do the easiest thing while driving a car and that’s the turn signals. They can’t operate the easiest thing to do, they shouldn’t be driving. I’ve gone by people on the Freeway and they have a freakin strbuks in one hand and a phone in the other while driving and one even had a book on the steering wheel.
    Why can’t aliens come down with big azz piston thingies that are magnetic, smash the car to about 6 inches in height and drop them back to Earth in a area off the freeway and out of sight of rubber neckers.

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