Advancement in technologies has brought about changes and modifications in the vehicle systems. One such system is the change from the conventional manual gearbox to the automatic system. The choice of an individual to purchase any vehicle with such a system depends on certain factors. These factors can be seen as; initial cost, fuel economy, preventive maintenance cost, breakdown maintenance cost, sporty thrill, comfort & confidence, and driving skill.

Comparison Table Between Manual And Automatic Gearboxes

Factors Manual Gearbox Automatic Gearbox
Disabled friendly Less accessible to people with impairments disabilities. Halfway friendly to disable and elderly people. It doesn’t require them to act with all their bodies.
Initial Cost Initial cost of manual transmission cars is low Initial cost of similar automatic transmission car is higher
Fuel EconomyFuel economy Of Manual transmission is higher because of low energy loss of a clutch plate based system.Fuel economy of self-shifting transmission car is lower compared to manual transmission because of energy losses in hydraulic torque converter are higher.
Preventive Maintenance Cost Preventive maintenance cost for Manual transmission is slightly lower.Preventive maintenance cost for an automatic transmission car is slightly higher.
Breakdown Maintenance CostBreakdown maintenance cost of manual transmission car due to transmission-related failures is lower compared to automatic gearbox because of lesser complexity of Manual transmissionThe breakdown maintenance cost of automatic gearbox car due to transmission-related failures is higher compared to manual gearbox because of more complexity of the automatic transmission
Sporty ThrillManual transmission is usually sportier compared to automatic transmission because the choice of changing the gears lies with the driver so he/she can choose whether to drive with more acceleration or more fuel efficiency based on the driving style Automatic transmission decides the gear changing speeds and changes it automatically, so the driver does not have full liberty to choose what gear he/she wants to drive in, thus it is less sporty as compared to the manual transmission
Comfort & ConfidenceManual transmission is less comfortable as the driver has to operate clutch to change gears and it can be a lot of inconvenience in congested city traffic with stop and go type of situation.An automatic transmission is very comfortable as the driver needs not to worry about the clutch and there is no need to manually change the gears with changing speeds. This adds lots of convenience in city traffic where we have lots of frequent stops and go conditions.
Driving SkillIt requires more skills to drive a manual transmission car as there has to be coordination between speed and gears. Also, the driver needs to operate clutch whenever moving from a stopped position and while changing gears. It takes more time to be habitual of smoothly driving a manual transmission car. It requires lesser skills to drive a self-shifting transmission car compared to manual transmission car as the gears are changed automatically by the transmission system of the car so the driver needs to operate the accelerator, brake, and steering.

Each system has an advantage over the others as well as disadvantages.

Automatic gearbox vehicles are most preferable based on three advantages; shifting quality, easy to use and engine power performance which manual fails to provide. It has a fluid-filled automatic clutch that operates based on engine speed and load and has better computer controls which are more efficient. 95% Car enthusiasts who have used it for a good period of time has testified that the gear shift timing is much faster than anyone can manage to do manually. However, most female drivers prefer the automatically transmitted vehicles because it is easy to be used by them due to the fact that it keeps their hands and feet available on the steering wheel and pedals respectively while driving and react to situations more quickly

Disadvantages Of Automatic Gearbox

  1. You cannot jump start – if your battery dies, you cannot push start the vehicle.
  2. They use more fuel
  3. They weigh slightly more.
  4. Cost of acquisition is more.

Meanwhile, the choice of manual transmitted vehicles also depends on these three factors; easily repairable, reliability and better fuel economy. Vehicles with manual gearboxes get about 10 percent better fuel mileage and more control in tough driving conditions than their automatic counterparts. In addition, manual transmission vehicles are less expensive, have low maintenance and repair cost, better fuel economy for city driving whilst automatic for fuel consumption advantage on highways but depend on driver characteristics. In using manual gearbox vehicles, drivers have more control and less distraction.

Disadvantages Of Manual Gearbox

  1. Driving a manual transmission needs a lot of exercise of all the muscles of your body, you just can’t relax when driving.
  2. Driving a car with manual transmission requires a greater degree of skill and application, as an inexperienced driver could have his hands full while driving as he/she has to multitask and concentrate on a lot of things simultaneously.
  3. While climbing up a hill, an automatic transmission score higher than the manual.
  4. Smooth and effective shifting of gears can only be guaranteed by an experienced driver.

If facing the difficulty of traffic jams in this stressful life, Look no further than an Automatic gearbox but make sure your wallet has no objection. As automatic gearbox consumes much more fuel than manual transmission car. However, If you are one of those who love to enjoy each bit of drive, don’t want much maintenance cost, support the “save fuel” saying too, needless to say, a manual gearbox is best.