Report: Only 18 Percent Of Americans Can Drive Manual

A recent study has found that fewer Americans own or can drive cars with manual gears. According to U.S. News and World Report, only 18% of drivers in the U.S. can use a manual, or ‘stick shift,’ car.

This decrease is partly due to better automatic gear systems and fuel efficiency in modern cars. Nowadays, only about 5% of new cars sold have manual gears, a big drop from 25% in 1987. Also, cars with a manual gear system tend to sell for about $2,000 less than those with automatic gears.


CBS Global

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