There are many pros and cons of a manual transmission in a Nissan vehicle, but to get any real answers, you’ll want to compare the manual transmission to an automatic transmission. Manual transmissions are usually the standard offering of Nissan vehicles, or any models on the market today. The MSRP of most vehicles is with the manual transmission in the pricing and not the more expensive automatic transmission option.
There are many benefits of a manual transmission in a Nissan. If you shift appropriately, a manual transmission vehicle will need less maintenance than a vehicle with an automatic transmission meaning the overall maintenance cost of the vehicle, and cost to own, is lower than that of a vehicle with an automatic transmission. The repair cost when it is necessary for a manual transmission is much lower because manual transmissions are less complex than an automatic transmission.
Most Nissan vehicles come standard with a manual transmission and an automatic transmission has an upgraded cost. Automatic transmission vehicles have lower fuel efficiency and take away the driver’s ability to manage speed while allowing the driver to have a less distracted driving experience. However they have some huge advantages over the manual transmission. The main benefit of an automatic transmission is that you never have to worry about the clutch pedal, shifting, or stalling out.
This is enough to convince most people to upgrade to an automatic transmission. If you’re driving with kids in the car who need attention and you don’t want to have both hands occupied for an emergency such as the fallen sippy cup, binkie, or blankie, it’s probably best for you to go with the automatic transmission. On the other hand, if you want the exhilarating feeling of fully controlling the speed and energy use of your vehicle, you will more than likely enjoy the manual transmission a lot more. Manual transmission vehicles are more fuel efficient and give drivers more control over the power used as well as the speed reached.
Overall, the question of whether to go with a manual or automatic transmission is based solely on personal preference. Buying a new vehicle comes with a lot of options, and not all of them are simple, but it’s easier to make a decision if you take the vehicles for a test drive. If you currently drive a vehicle with a manual transmission, and you’re considering whether you want to get an automatic transmission in your next vehicle, take a Nissan for a test drive.
The 2015 Nissan Versa Note is a great car to take for a test drive to really tell the difference between a manual and automatic transmission. The vehicle is small and nimble and has an already sporty ride. With a manual transmission there’s plenty of control and the Note feels zippy and quick. With the Nissan automatic transmission (Xtronic CVT), the vehicle still is fun and small but doesn’t allow the driver as much control, which is really half of the fun of driving the small car!
To experience the pros and cons of a manual transmission in a Nissan yourself, take one for a test drive. At Montgomeryville Nissan, we have a huge inventory of new and pre-owned Nissan vehicles with manual and automatic transmissions. Give us a call at 888.431.2905 to schedule an appointment or schedule a test drive online today.