Time to buy a new car, shopping for just a econbox for daily A-B and monthly roadtrip.
Manual seems like a good match for a small engine. However.... I am embarrassed to say the last stick shift I regular driven is over 12 years ago, a autoshop pos parts truck. I was really suck at it. My wife never drive a stick, and it will also be her Daily driver.
So the question is, is that really worth to suck up for a stick while 90% behind the wheel time is stop-and-go traffic? To be honest, I lost passion driving / riding on the road. Constantly worry about tickets and $$$ if get caught. Hoping to learn something new will restore the joy of driving. However, clutch-in-and-clutch-out at lights can be very tiresome, right??