A constant debate roars within the Jeep Community and that is whether automatic or manual transmission is the best. Personally, I love manual transmission and love the fact that Jeep is one of the few car brands that still have manual transmissions as an option in some of their models. My favorite thing is dropping the shifter into that next gear and feeling like one of the Fast and Furious bad asses. Yeah, there’s no big red nitrous button, and you’re not thrown back into your seat, and unfortunately no crazy colored flames shoot out of the tail pipe, but driving stick shift gives you a sense of just pure awesomeness and excitement. For those who are good at driving stick, you can also see better fuel economy because you are deciding when to shift and you decide how much gas the Jeep is using. As good as manual transmissions can be there are some downsides. Stick shift can be very difficult to learn how to drive and can be stressful for those who struggle with it. It also can be very difficult in an off-road setting if not the driver is not familiar with the technique needed to drive stick shift off-road. Some people even believe driving stick makes the driver more in touch with their Jeep and you really get to know how it runs and drives. Personally I love manual transmission and will always own a manual Wrangler.
Now onto automatic transmission. This is what most people are used to driving and is something most see as comfortable and easy. No practice is really needed to drive an automatic transmission as well as much thought while driving. While automatic transmission is easy, comfortable, and you can always find one if you need one, there are some cons to them as well. Automatics are known to crap out a lot easier than manuals. With the car making the decision when to shift the gears can get messed up from the car shifting so much, unlike manuals where you decide when to shift. Another downside to automatics are that they aren’t very good with fuel economy. With the constant shifts and high RPM’s of sudden hard throttles your fuel economy can drop substantially with automatic transmissions. Automatics can also have their negatives off-road as well. When driving automatics off-road it can be very easy for the driver to give the Jeep too much gas and the next thing you know, your heading straight for a tree.
No matter which you prefer to drive, a Jeep is a Jeep. Both kinds of transmissions have their pros and cons and it’s really up to whatever you think is best. Like I previously stated, I love manual transmission and as long as I own a Jeep I will drive stick. So I leave you with the choice, automatic or manual? You decide.
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– Jeep Family
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