May 9, 2012

Do Automatic or Manual Transmissions get Better MPG?

It used to be that manual transmissions were the hands down winner for better fuel economy.   However this is no longer the case.   Modern automatic transmissions are more and more efficient.   Todays automatic transmissions can even provide better gas mileage than a manual version.

There is no clear cut winner.   Depending on the make/model of vehicle its possible that either the automatic or the manual transmission could provide the better gas mileage.

Here's just a couple examples.   I looked up the cars in question on the government website.   Below are screen captures of the results.   First the Chevy Sonic is one car where the manual transmission has better efficiency.

On the other hand for the Honda Civic the automatic transmission is better.

You can no longer assume that a manual transmission will provide better mileage.  It really depends on the vehicle in question.

1 comment:

  1. It's true, and what with all the hybrids and electric cars starting to finally enter the marketplace in a real way, the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission is on the way out.

    However, manual trans is still cheaper to buy in the first place, and I've been told that manual trans costs less in overall maintenance through the life of the vehicle. It makes sense, certainly compared to hybrids.


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