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The manual transmission is a dying breed, unfortunately. However, there are some automakers that are keeping it alive and well. In many cases, manual transmissions are reserved for pricey sports cars. That’s not the case when it comes to these two, though They’re fun to drive, relatively inexpensive, and come with an unmatched 10-year/100,000-mile warranty.

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra N is a turbo funhouse with 276 horsepower and a manual transmission

A white 2023 Hyundai Elantra N driving
2023 Hyundai Elantra N | Hyundai

The Hyundai Elantra N is the epitome of affordable performance fun. According to Hyundai, the Elantra N was developed in part on the Nurburgring. It comes from the factory with a limited-slip differential, electronically controlled suspension, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Make no mistake: it has a Hyundai badge, but it’s a full-blooded track weapon.

In addition, it sports a 276-horsepower 2.0-liter inline-four that compliments that horsepower with 289 pound-feet of torque. Adding the class-exclusive chassis stiffening rear strut bar and all its other performance features, you’ll find yourself in a fairly competitive car with a 2023 Honda Civic Type R for $10,000 less.

All of this plus 31 MPG and a killer 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty? Sign us up!

The 2023 Kia Forte GT isn’t as spicy as the Elantra N, but It Still Has Solid Grunt

A manual transmission grey 2023 Kia Forte GT driving down the road in the mountains with red accents
2023 Kia Forte GT | Kia

With a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder under the hood, the 2023 Kia Forte GT makes 201 horsepower. Sure, it’s not as potent as its Elantra N cousin, but it is still one horsepower more than a 2023 Honda Civic Si.

In addition, it’s not nearly as track-dedicated as the Elantra N. The Forte GT, though, still offers manual transmission fun with a sporty turbocharged engine, bolstered seats (both heated and ventilated, for what it’s worth), and class-leading cargo space.

Best of all, though, is the fact that it starts at only $24,390. Overall, both these cars offer fairly attainable price tags that feed the desire to steer away from a boring car for day-to-day commutes.

The Kia and Hyundai powertrain warranty lasts 10 years or 100,000 Miles, whichever comes first

Of course, the biggest selling point of both these cars is the remarkable warranty. Kia and Hyundai vehicles offer an unprecedented 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain. That is some excellent piece of mind when it comes to buying a turbocharged vehicle. Of course, the powertrain also includes the transmission. However, the warranty does not cover wear items like the clutch unless it’s deemed defective and fails prematurely.

In addition, Hyundai and Kia models also include a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on the paint, and a perforation/rust warranty, too! Finally, it also comes with a 5-year/unlimited-mileage roadside service plan.

Overall, these turbocharged cars are a blast to drive, thanks to the manual transmission. Better still, they are both available with a dual-clutch transmission for lightning-quick shifts if you aren’t into rowing your own gears. Either way, the combination of power, performance, and protection, thanks to the warranty, is quite attractive!


Only 1 Car Brand Offers Better Warranty Coverage Than Hyundai and Kia in 2023