Much prefer manual, but they are a dying breed. A few years ago I was looking for sporty, AWD, with hatchback and so it would be somewhat practical and MANUAL. Literally no options out there until I stumbled upon a VW Golf R. Now, the strange thing is I had been to two VW dealers and neither one had heard of or mentioned the R. Tracked one down and after chipping, Dieselgeek short shifter, etc. it was a really fun car to drive. All that being said, I replaced it with a truck last year. Although I miss the active driving of a manual and hadn't owned an auto in 30+ years, I hate to admit it, auto was the best choice.