National Stick Shift Day is meant to celebrate the glory of three-pedal automotive operation, but we know as well as anyone that the technology is effectively outmoded. Given recent advancements in engine performance and fuel efficiency, the advantage of the stick shift these days comes down almost exclusively to driving pleasure. For many automakers, that’s not a compelling enough reason to keep a manual option in a model’s lineup.
Which is too bad, because there are plenty of fun cars still on the road. And so, as National Stick Shift Day 2019 approached, we got to thinking: Which cars do we wish still had them? And similarly, which are we relieved don’t?