Which Cars are Better Without a Manual?

Not all cars can reach their full potential with three pedals.


There are some cars that are just better without a manual transmission. For one reason or another, having an automatic or dual-clutch suits these cars better, and makes for an overall more positive driving experience over a traditional six-speed.

If there's one car I'd recommend going for the auto, it's the current-generation BMW M3 and M4. While the six-speed manual is good, the cars' optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is much better-matched to that 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six. In the manual, the delay between shifts causes the car to drop out of boost, while in the fast-shifting DCT, that's something you don't have to worry about.

Now we want to know: What cars do you think are better off without a manual transmission? It doesn't have to be a sports car, and it doesn't have to come with a manual from the factory. It just has to be a car that's genuinely better with an automated gearbox.

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