The shift from manual transmission to automatic has been steadfast over the past few decades. What was once the default gearbox option now only represents a small fraction of most automaker lineups, with many no longer offering one at all.
Those wanting to buy a brand new manual transmission vehicle in Vancouver are now left with a very limited selection of vehicles, but thankfully there’s still something for everyone within OpenRoad’s vast brand portfolio. Whether you’re looking to buy your first new manual transmission vehicle or searching for that fun summer sports car, we picked out 5 of our favourites – each with a different body style – that you can buy today at one of our OpenRoad dealerships.
The Mazda CX-3 stands as one of the last few crossovers in the Canadian market that offers a manual transmission. No longer available in the USA and filling in the void left behind by the once-available manual Mazda CX-5, the $21,450 CX-3 in GX trim carries on the three-pedal legacy to serve those looking for a city-friendly CUV who also want to row their own gears. Don’t wait too long if you’re interested though, because 2021 is the final year before this model leaves us for good.
When the quirky 3-door Hyundai Veloster N launched in 2019, the Korean automaker proved they can engineer a hot hatch to give the Honda Civic Type-R and Volkswagen Golf R a run for their money. How was this feat achieved from a Korean brand you ask? By hiring Albert Biermann from BMW’s M Division to oversee the development of performance-oriented models like this Veloster and the upcoming 2022 Kona N. Priced at $37,799 with 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque on tap, this pocket rocket rewards drivers by delivering potent racetrack thrills and precise driving composure during spirited everyday motoring.
The Toyota Tacoma is 1 of 2 new pickups you can still buy with a manual transmission and the only one offered by a Japanese vehicle manufacturer. Starting at $41,990 and available in 4×4 Access Cab and 4×4 Double Cab Short Box configurations, the six-speed ‘Taco’ delivers excellent reliability, resale value, and a unique value proposition to those who want to command an analog, authentic truck experience while carrying all of their gear for their outdoor excursions.
When BMW announced the 2021 BMW M3 and M4 back in September 2020, fans were relieved the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ automaker will continue offering the manual transmission as a no-cost option. Paired to the 473hp 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-6 engine, the new G80 M3 ($84,300) and G82 M4 ($85,100) retain their spot in the exclusive standard transmission lineup alongside the BMW M2 and 2-series coupe/convertible models in Canada.
5. 2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible
Known for engineering some of the best manual gearboxes on the market, it’s no surprise German manufacturer Porsche continues to deliver this option for their respected 911 lineup. After a rare miscalculation from not initially releasing one in their 991 GT3 (which when introduced later saw a 70% take rate from buyers), the Stuttgart manufacturer made sure this mistake didn’t happen again with their latest 992 generation. Available in the Carrera S, 4S, and GT3 models, you too can order a manual transmission Porsche at a starting price of $133,100 before swiftly getting lost in the expansive à la carte options list.
It’s clear whether you’re looking for a new SUV, truck, sedan, or 2-door coupes and convertibles, there’s still a solid selection of new manual transmission vehicles for sale today. Although options may not be as extensive as decades past, what we are left with are vehicles that specifically cater to manual transmission enthusiasts found in multiple price points, practical needs, and performance expectations. This means whichever option you end up going with, you’ll be rewarded with an engaging driving experience that cannot be found anywhere else.
To inquire about any of the vehicles listed for your next road trip, please contact your local OpenRoad dealership.