They used to be called standard transmissions. Now they are becoming rare. I even heard the new toyota 4 runners are only available in auto. I think that's weak. Sometime I wonder, is this phasing out of manual transmissions reflective of what america's buying public wants? Then I start to realize why GM failed, and also have $100 bucks that barack can't drive a 5 speed. But I do laugh when I envision him trying.