These Are the Remaining SUVs With Manual Transmissions

As of this writing, in September 2018, there are precisely five SUVs or crossovers still offered with a manual transmission option. I say "as of this writing," because they’re dwindling fast: The Mazda CX-5 offered it up until recently, and the Honda HR-V has just lost its manual option as we head into the 2019 model year. Same deal with the Subaru Forester: it’s now CVT only for 2019. That means we’re down to just this handful.

Fiat 500X

The Fiat 500X still offers a manual transmission, but barely. It’s a "price leader," and it’s only offered on the 2-wheel drive base model, which is called the 500X Pop. Get that version and the manual is mandatory, and it’s mated to a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Upgrade to any other 500X aside from the very base model — or even just add all-wheel drive to the base model — and you get a 9-speed automatic, along with a 180-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder.

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Jeep Renegade

Given that the 500X is offered with a manual, it’s no surprise you can also still get a manual in the Jeep Renegade, as they share powertrains and a platform. In the Renegade, the manual has wider availability: it’s still mated solely to the 160-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, but you can get the manual on base-level Sport or mid-level Latitude or Altitude models. Once again, it’s offered only with front-wheel drive; if you want four drive wheels (or a top-end Limited or Trailhawk model), you have to get an automatic and the 180-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder.

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Jeep Wrangler

Even when all the other manual SUVs die, the Jeep Wrangler will probably be the lone holdout. The Wrangler is, of course, an off-road-focused SUV, and some off-roaders say they prefer to tackle the trails with three pedals, insisting it provides better control. The result is that a manual is offered on the Wrangler with the standard 285-hp 3.6-liter V6, making it the only Chrysler product that has an available manual transmission mated to the "Pentastar" V6.

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Mini Countryman

The Mini Countryman (technically the "Mini Cooper Countryman") now offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and that’s not available with a manual. But the car’s other two powertrains — a 134-horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder in the base model, and a 189- or 228-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder in "S" and "John Cooper Works" models, respectively — are still offered with a 6-speed manual. I imagine the transmission isn’t especially popular, but it’s still available due to the Countryman’s sporty image and driving experience.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Like the Fiat 500X, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport still offers a manual transmission solely in its most basic, entry-level model: the Outlander Sport ES with front-wheel drive. That model uses the manual mated to a 148-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder — but if you step up to any other version (SE, SEL) or add all-wheel drive, you get an automatic. SE and SEL models also mate their automatic to a slightly more powerful engine: a 170-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, which hooks up to a CVT.

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