Ah, Glen, here is where we diverge. The experience of ACTUALLY driving a car is best experienced with both feet and that dance between the properly placed gear shift and the steering wheel. It takes more practice, concentration, and skill to be able to juggle the dance of all three. The feeling of carving a steep mountain canyon, delicately balancing the dance between brake, clutch and gas pedals is one that truly exemplifies driving vs. just steering the car up and down those twisty mountain roads. One of my favorite experiences was driving my Z3 along Highway 128 leaving Moab, the top down, shifting up and down between gears with my bride at my side holding on to the "OH SH*T* handle for all she was worth. Not a single car in front, and no one even close to my back.That being said I have no idea, even if you like stick shifting, Why you would want one, when they’ve invented the DCT. A DCT with paddles is an unbelievable experience on the twisty road. It’s an electric clutch… AND SHIFTS ARE INSTANTANEOUS So you can really concentrate just like they do an F1, on your track/line. It’s why I will buy a Kona next time, as it is more horsepower than an HRV and a DCT with paddles… The best of both worlds.....
We sold my wife's Fiesta specifically because of how fucking terrible that auto shifting manual was. Always had awkward downshift that left hanging between gears then slammed into one of them, juttering starts on hills, etc. Got great mileage and decent pickup when it worked, but overall hated it.
Maybe that was a unique experience, but I've had great luck with CVT in comparison
Yeah maybe it was just a poor design. Haven't talked to any Fiesta owner that liked the tyranny long termFord rushed the launch of vehicles equipped with problematic dual-clutch transmissions despite knowledge of issues, according to report.www.autoblog.com
I think this why you had bad experiences with DCT.
I'm pretty sure neither the MDX nor RDX has a DCT.It’s more expensive, but it still being used quite a bit, Hyundai is using it in many cars, and that means Kia also.Naturally Porsche and BMW use it.
Acura uses it in the ILX, TLX MDX and RDX, along with 5 motorcycles.