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Three pedals are better than two. For those who share that philosophy and have mastered the art of clutch control, this is your list.
Subaru BRZ | Scion FR-S | Toyota 86
These are some of the best manual transmissions on the market today, especially for the money. While these automotive triplets are not especially fast, rowing through the gears of the 2.0-liter Boxer engine is always a good time.
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Mazda MX-5 Miata
Simple and satisfying to drive, there just isn't another model like Miata on the market today. Its character is so fun, even a short drive to the grocery store is something to make an excuse for doing.
Honda is famous for its “snick-snick” manual transmissions, and its S2000 has one of the most highly regarded manuals in all of automotive history. You won’t be disappointed, especially as you shift near the 8,800 rpm redline.
These quirky little cars are often overlooked in favor of the competition. But a Veloster — especially in N form — is a blast to drive, especially with its manual transmission.
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BMW M Models
Some may say BMW has lost its way in recent years, but the fact that manual transmissions are still available in some of its most capable cars shows the company is committed to offering a rewarding driving experience. Go drive an M2, M3 or M4. Fun, fast and made to maneuver, these cars are all about the driver.
Honda Civic Type R
For those who can get over the radical styling, Honda’s Civic Type R offers one of the best driving experiences on the market today. This front-wheel-drive engineering marvel is a joy to toss around and shows that Honda can still make one of the best manual transmissions in the world.