The Wall Street Journal estimates only 18% of Americans can drive a manual transmission and only about 1% of vehicles are sold with one, there are still some die-hard enthusiasts (myself included), who refuse to own a vehicle with an automatic. There are a handful of cars that still have them, but when you look at manual transmission trucks that number dwindles to two.
It’s a pretty good bet that most dealers won’t stock showrooms with a 1% vehicle. So, if you’re committed to getting trucks with a manual transmission, you’ll likely have to order it. And wait. But, hey, you’ll get exactly what you want.
As far as the 2023 Jeep Gladiator is concerned, the good news is the 6-speed manual transmission is available with most trims. In fact, if the nine trims available, the only three trims you can get it on are the Freedom, Overland and High Altitude. Otherwise, the manual is the standard transmission, and the automatic is a minimum of $2k extra. It’s worth noting the only engine option with the manual is the 3.6-liter V-6.
The starting price for a Tacoma with a manual is currently $37,785.
With the 2023 Toyota Tacoma, your manual transmission trim options are a bit more limited. Out of seven trims, there are only three with a manual option – and they’re all TRDs (Sport, Off-Road and Pro). That means you won’t find a base Tacoma with a manual. However, the TRD Sport can be configured with a manual transmission as an access cab model with a 6-foot bed or a double cab with a 5-foot bed. The only engine option with the manual is a 3.5-liter V-6.
The starting price for a 2023 Tacoma with a manual is currently $38,695.
The best news ever: Toyota is keeping the manual for the all-new, next-gen 2024 Tacoma, which means at least one pickup truck will likely have a manual transmission for the next several years.
Though fewer manual transmission vehicles are available in 2023 (there are just 35), a recent article from The Autopian offers some hope for the #GiveAShift crowd: Early reports show manual transmission purchases were up 41.7% in the first quarter of this year. Granted, that only takes overall numbers up to 1.7%, but still.
So, while there are only two trucks right now with a manual, maybe we’ll see more. At the very least, we’re hoping these two don’t go away.