Less than 2 percent of buyers have chosen the Toyota Corolla with a manual gearbox, as reported by the carmaker.
1.7% manual transmission buyers versus 98.3% automatic transmission buyers is a depressing figure for a stick-shift Corolla, and this explains the company’s decision to ditch the manual transmission in the regular 2023 Toyota Corolla.
Although, it is worth noting that dealers themselves have offered manual Corollas in limited quantities. Perhaps, if there were more of them in dealerships, sales would not be 1.7% but more?
Today a continuously variable transmission remains the only variant for the car.
Toyota developed the 6-speed manual specifically for this model, having simplified it for easy driving. The manufacturer made a lot of effort to create that gearbox.
The unit provides “iMT” rev-matched downshifts and even a dedicated physical button for turning rev-matching on and off. It also offers stall prevention and smooth-shift functions.
There are still a number of vehicles on the market with manual gearboxes. They are: 2023 Acura Integra, 2022 BMW M3 and M4, 2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V, 2022 Chevrolet Camaro and Spark, 2022 Dodge Challenger, 2022 Ford Bronco and Mustang, 2022 Honda Civic Si, 2022 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra N, 2022 Hyundai Veloster.
Also, members of this ‘club’ include 2022 Jeeps (Gladiator, Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited), 2022 Kia Forte, several MINI models, 2022 Mazda MX-5 Miata and 2022 Mazda 3 hatchback, 2022 Nissan Versa, 2023 Nissan Z, some Porsche, Volkswagen and Subaru vehicles (2023 BRZ, 2022 Crosstrek, Impreza, WRZ) and Toyotas, such as the 2023 GR86, 2023 GR Supra and 2022 Tacoma.
Source: the Drive
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