Best 2016 Small New Cars with Manual Transmissions

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Sports car

A new car equipped with a manual transmission can be anywhere from $800 to $1,600 cheaper than a vehicle with an automatic transmission. With that being said, many automakers no longer offer a manual transmission as an option with their mainstream vehicles.

A common joke circulating the internet currently is, "The best vehicle theft deterrent money can buy is a stick-shift...Because nobody knows how to drive one!" The sad thing is, it's absolutely true.

In the past, manual transmissions were the most fuel-efficient way to manage a vehicle's power. With advances in automotive technology, many automatic and other transmission setups have far surpassed the traditional stick-shift's capabilities.

If you match up the right small car with a manual transmission you can save a whole lot of money, take advantage of some serious benefits, and not to mention, have a whole lot of driving fun. Our friends over at Autobytel researched the subject and have recently named the top ten small cars in 2016 with manual transmissions.

There are several 2016 model new cars in the subcompact segment with the option of a manual transmission. The one vehicle that stands above the rest is the 2016 Ford Fiesta. The Fiesta ST hot hatch is equipped with a 1.6 liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost that delivers 197 horsepower and 202 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission putting the driver in complete control over the surprisingly powerful little subcompact. If you're in the market for a quick little fun car to drive, make sure you add the 2016 Ford Fiesta ST hot hatch to your new car shopping list.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is on the list only because Mitsubishi is skipping over the 2016 model year and will return in 2017 with updates for the vehicle. One of the cheaper vehicles on the list, the Mirage's entry level price is under $13,000 and comes equipped with a manual five-speed transmission. For just over $1,000 you can opt for a continuously variable transmission. The higher priced automatic will give you better fuel efficiency with 37 mpg city, 44 mpg highway, and 40 mpg combined but you'll have to drive the car for about ten years to make your money back you spent to get the automatic.

Check out the other small cars available in 2016 equipped with manual transmissions below.

Do New Car Price Research Online Beforehand

Always research, compare and price shop new cars online before visiting a car dealership. Read my section on how to research a new car online to learn how to guarantee you pay the lowest price for you next new car.

When negotiating a new car's price, it’s important to know the dealer invoice price and what other people are paying for the same vehicle in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the car.

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10 Best 2016 Model Small New Cars Equipped with Manual Transmissions

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Rank 2016 Small New Car Entry MSRP Horsepower Engine Size
1 2016 Ford Fiesta $14,580 120 - 197 HP 1.6 Liter 4-cyl.
2 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata $24,915 155 HP 2.0 Liter 4-cyl.
3 2016 Hyundai Veloster $18,000 132 - 201 HP 1.6 Liter 4-cyl.
4 2016 smart fortwo $14,650 89 HP 1.0 Liter 3-cyl.
5 2016 FIAT 500 $16,995 101-160 HP 1.4 Liter 4-cyl.
6 2016 Honda Civic $18,640 158 - 174 HP 1.5 - 2.0 Liter 4-cyl
7 2016 Subaru Impreza $18,295 148 HP 2.0 Liter 4-cyl.
8 2016 Scion iM $18,460 137 HP 1.8 Liter 4-cyl.
9 2016 Chevrolet Spark $12,660 98 HP 1.4 Liter 4-cyl.
10 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage $12,995 74 HP 1.2 Liter 3-cyl.