2009 Chrysler 300 Touring

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Mileage: 74,081
MPG: 17/25 (City/Hwy)
Ext. Color: Blue
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Cylinders: 6 Cylinders
Drivetrain: Rear Wheel Drive
Trans: 4-SPEED AUTOMATIC VLP TRANSMISSION
Stock#: U6524
VIN#: 2C3KA53V29H588992
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE 2.4

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MPG: 23/28 (City/Hwy)
Ext. Color: Mercury Gray Metallic
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Cylinders: 4 Cylinders
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Trans: Continuously Variable (CVT)
Stock#: M2037
VIN#: JA4AP3AWXHZ020987
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2017 Mitsubishi Lancer ES

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MPG: 24/33 (City/Hwy)
Ext. Color: Red
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Cylinders: 4 Cylinders
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive
Trans: Electronic CVT Transmission w/OD
Stock#: M2142
VIN#: JA32U2FU3HU011502
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MANUAL VS. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION: WHICH GETS BETTER MILEAGE AND WHY?

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The manual vs. automatic debate is an eternal one. With gas mileage being so important today when picking a car, it’s important to understand which type of transmission is better for you and your wallet. Your friends and family are probably steadfast about their own opinions regarding which one is better, so let this blog serve as an unbiased guide to your transmission dilemma.

The Case for Manual

Cars with manual transmission used to get significantly better gas mileage compared with automatics. A major factor that halted the gas mileage of cars that use automatic transmissions was the use of a torque convertor that coupled the engine between the mechanical gears. Manual transmissions don’t have this convertor and use a clutch instead. The torque convertor was never 100% effective when the car was in motion, causing cars to lose more power and burn more fuel on the highway than cars with manual transmissions. So if you’re looking to buy a used car and want to save on gas mileage, one with a manual transmission would probably be more beneficial.

The Case for Automatic

In the present-day automotive industry, car manufacturers have solved the problem of cars with automatic transmissions getting worse gas mileage than cars with manual transmissions. Today, automatic cars come with five speeds, and sometimes even six or seven, making highway driving much easier on your gas tank. New automatics usually have an overdrive top gear that can reduce the engines RPM at higher speeds as well, which also saves gas. Newer automatic transmission cars now have lock-up torque convertors to solve to problem of saving power on the highway, and computer controls help optimize gas and fuel consumption.

Today, cars with automatic transmissions will get the close to, if not the same, gas mileage as manual transmissions.

The Answer?

If you’re getting an older car, a manual transmission will probably save you more trips to the gas station than an automatic transmission. On the other hand, if you’re getting a newer car, it’s really up to you and what you prefer. Some drivers think manual is more fun and gives them more control, regardless of the fuel consumption. But cars with automatic transmissions usually get the same gas mileage as cars with manual transmission, sometimes even better. Doing your research on specific vehicles when car shopping will usually give you a more definitive answer.

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2012 BMW M3

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2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 2.0L Turbo

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Vehicle Highlights
  • Cell Phone Hookup
  • HID Xenon headlamps w/auto-leveling & headlamp washer
  • Anti-theft wheel locks
  • CD Changer
  • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential
Mileage:79,516
MPG:24/31 (City/Hwy)
Ext. Color:Black
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Cylinders:4 Cylinders
Drivetrain:Front Wheel Drive
Trans:Manual w/OD
Stock#:M1907A
VIN#:3VWWJ71K56M776837
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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer ES

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Vehicle Highlights
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
  • Wheels: 16″ Steel w/Full Wheel Covers
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • CD Player
  • Driver Knee Airbag
Mileage:64,958
MPG:25/34 (City/Hwy)
Ext. Color:Tarmac Black Pearl
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Cylinders:4 Cylinders
Drivetrain:Front Wheel Drive
Trans:5-Speed Manual
Stock#:R3336
VIN#:JA32U2FU5EU003946
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