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The 10 Most Reliable Cars With A Manual Gearbox - Subaru Has 3

What are the most reliable cars with a manual transmission? Check out the three Subaru models that make the list.


If you are looking for a car or SUV with a manual transmission, there are fewer choices than ever. Reliable models with a manual gearbox are even rarer. A new study by Consumer Reports (by subscription) rates the best cars in reliability with a manual shifter, and Subaru scores three of its models.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek wins the best SUV and is the only compact SUV to make the reliable and recommend cars list. The 2021 Subaru Impreza is one of the best compact hatchbacks and sedans, along with the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, and Toyota Corolla.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza, BRZ manual transmission

Nine sports/sporty cars make the most reliable cars with a manual transmission list. Along with the Subaru BRZ are the Toyota 86, BMW 2 Series, Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, Hyundai Veloster, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Nissan Z, and Porsche 718 Boxter.

Consumer Reports picks the most reliable cars on the list above based on its member responses to their annual auto surveys. In addition to reliability, the report also factors in road tests, owner satisfaction, and safety.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza, BRZ manual transmission

For driving enthusiasts who want to be more engaged with their car, a manual transmission allows you to be in complete control of driver inputs. It’s the best way to stay connected to the vehicle. But Subaru will be dropping the manual in its Crosstrek and Impreza models soon because of its safety technology called EyeSight.

The driver-assist system is not compatible with the manual transmission, so it could be going away soon as the automaker makes EyeSight standard on all its SUVs and cars.

To keep drivers engaged, Subaru offers steering wheel paddle shifters on the Crosstrek and Impreza Sport trims. But the fully synchronized 6-speed manual gearbox with incline start assist is still available in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV, and 2021 Impreza sedan and 5-Door hatchback models are going away soon. Subaru will likely keep it in the BRZ.

Consumer Reports says the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek subcompact SUV, 2021 Impreza sedan and 5-Door hatchback models, and BRZ sports coupe are top Subaru picks in its most reliable cars with a manual transmission for 2021.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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