Originally Posted by The Sporty Xtra
I'm trying to decide whether I should be practical and get the auto for my wife and the gas mileage, or get the 6MT to make myself happy.
I haven't driven a 6MT TSX, but as a manual driver myself, I'll tell you, the TSX's 5AT is an extremely good automatic transmission.
My wife does know how to drive a manual, but she doesn't understand why she should have to shift if the car is perfectly capable of it. So since the TSX is her car, we got the autobox.
The TSX's auto shifts are nice and crisp, and it rarely hunts around for the gear it wants. Also, unlike most 3- or 4-spd autos, it doesn't automatically shift all the way up to top gear at part or low throttle. If you accelerate to 25 or 30 mph, say, and crusie there a few seconds, it will stay in 3rd or 4th so you have instant acceleration without a downshift. After you cruise there for a bit it may shift up if you don't give more gas.
It's also fun to drive in "manumatic" mode, but under most circumstances I never bother because the ATX does a great job anticipating the required gear and responds quickly. It's really very pleasant to drive and doesn't interfere with the enjoyment at all.
In all honesty, if you think that your wife might drive tha car or if you could use a few domestic brownie points, I'd strongly consider the autobox.