I have a 6 spd and my wife has an auto. They are both great. If you plan on doing a lot of drag racing the auto will be faster. If you are going to be doing a lot of highway travel, and it sounds like you are, keep in mind the 6 spd is doing around 90 at 2000 rpms. That's a nice cruising gear.
Around town I use 1 through 5. I don't use 6 until I'm doing at least 60. I don't feel like I'm spending a lot of time shifting. After driving both, my wife likes the 6 spd a little better but she was worried about her arthritis so she went with the auto.
Test drive a stick car, I think you'll like it.
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I like the stick and with the power of these cars you can skip gears if you want, 1-3, 2-4, 3-5, etc. 6th is reserved for 55-60+. Almost 40,000 later I still enjoy shifting. Like others said if you want to go fast in the 1/4 go with an automatic. It will not only be faster it will also be cheaper.
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