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Being able to row your own gears in nearly any car is a lot of fun. A manual transmission can wake even the laziest cars up, and it’s tenfold for sports cars. Some brands, like Chevrolet, have historically been known for putting manual transmissions in a few of their cars. But considering the stick shift is going the way of the dodo bird, does Chevrolet still offer models with a manual transmission?

All Chevrolet Spark trim levels are available with a manual transmission

A red 2022 Chevy Spark sits outside a building.
A red 2022 Chevy Spark sits outside a building. | Chevrolet

Yes, Chevrolet still offers cars with a manual transmission. Interestingly, one of them is the cheapest model in the lineup and one of the most affordable on the market — the Spark. What’s even more interesting is that every Chevy Spark trim is available with a stick. Typically, only the lowest trim level comes with one.

That transmission is a little archaic, though, as it only has five gears. That being the case, the gears are still well-spaced for the car’s standard turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. That’s a good thing, considering the engine only puts out 98 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque.

We have driven the Spark with a stick shift and can attest that it’s not a sports car, but the shift-it-yourself gearbox does make it a little more fun to drive. It’s worth it to note that the Spark will be canceled after the 2022 model year, so there will only be one Chevrolet model left available with a stick shift.

There is only one Chevy sports car that’s available with a manual transmission

A blue 2022 Chevy Camaro driving down a desert road.
A blue 2022 Chevy Camaro driving down a desert road. | Chevrolet

In case you’re wondering, the only other Chevrolet model that comes with a manual transmission is the Camaro. It’s surprising, considering the Corvette exists and would be quite the beast with a stick – but alas, it’s only available with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission. The saving grace for sportiness is that every Camaro trim level comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission.

That means that you can opt for a stick on everything from the base 1LS with the 275-hp turbocharged four-cylinder to the 650-hp ZL1. In our opinion, that’s the only way the Camaro should be enjoyed. Of course, if you need to get the automatic instead, that’s fine. At least it has paddle shifters.

Why don’t more Chevrolet models come with a manual transmission?

Overhead view of fully loaded new 2023 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible 70th Anniversary, showing how much it costs
2023 Chevy Corvette Stingray Convertible 70th Anniversary Special Edition | Chevrolet

Public demand and lack of sales are the most likely reasons that Chevrolet doesn’t put more manual transmissions in its cars. Considering only two models in the current lineup are available with a manual transmission, it’s safe to say that the take rate on cars with the stick shift has been historically low.

Regardless, we’re just glad that sports cars like the Camaro still come with a manual transmission since most automatic transmissions nowadays perform better. After all, even the Corvette doesn’t have the option for a stick. But we hope that one day it will, then Chevy can have a hand in saving the manuals.


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