Top 6 manual transmission equipped cars you would love to drive

Updated Nov 08, 2022

Philkotse has compiled a list of 6 best cars with manual transmissions currently available in the Philippines.

Every year fewer and fewer vehicles are equipped with stick-shifts (manual transmission). Times have changed, and no longer are manual transmissions considered cheaper, safer, and more powerful than automatics.

However, there are still vehicles where stick-shifts make sense, particularly when it comes to high-performance sports cars. The car with a clutch pedal requires more techniques to master and thus, makes the motorist a more skillful driver. Many automakers, as well as car buyers, still see the beauty of the stick-shifts.
Check out the following list to see 6 of the greatest manual transmission-equipped cars available today. Please note that it is not the most exhaustive list of all manual tranny-equipped models. Some have been excluded as their automatic versions achieve much better gas mileage. 

In case that you are afraid of driving a manual transmission, don't worry, just visit this article to learn how to drive a manual transmission car with Philkotse's experts.

1. Mitsubishi Mirage G4 2017

A white Mitsubishi Mirage G4 on the road

Mitsubishi Mirage G4 2017: Better-looking exterior

The Mitsubishi Mirage G4 comes with great warranty and a maximum gas mileage. It always presents a balance between visual and function.
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to throw around
  • Better-looking exterior
  • Spacious interior
  • Smooth engine
  • Large trunk space
  • 1.2L 3-cylinder MIVEC engine mated to a manual or CVT transmission
  • Affordable price
The Mirage G4 is considered fast food: quite cheap and can get the job done.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2. Honda Jazz 2017

An orange Honda Jazz angular front view

Honda Jazz 2017: Attractive appearance
Honda Jazz, the Honda’s entry to the growing subcompact hatchback market in the Philippines, evokes an energetic and up-beat aura that represents today’s lively and practical lifestyle.
  • High reliability
  • Accessible cabin
  • Attractive appearance
  • 1.5L chain-driven in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve engines with i-VTEC mated to either a 5-speed manual or automatic
The Honda Jazz certainly is a great fit to every Filipino family with form and practicality in mind.


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3. Ford Fiesta Hatchback 2017

A blue Ford Fiesta on the road

Ford Fiesta Hatchback 2017: Excellent handling​

Ford Fiesta hatchback’s hot-hatch design, tiny in size and comfortable to drive have made it a favorite among adrenaline lovers:
  • Excellent handling
  • Well felt agility
  • The first mini car to earn the Top Safety Pick Award by the U.S. Insurance Institute
  • Either a 1.0L Eco Boost or a 1.5L gasoline engine, paired with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed power shift transmission
For its great performance, good handling and agility, value for money, small size, the Ford Fiesta hatchback is indeed a vehicle worth feasting for in form and function.

>>> Check out our list of new & used Ford Fiesta hatchback for sale on Philkotse

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4. Chevrolet Spark 2017

A grey Chevrolet Spark angular front view

Chevrolet Spark 2017: A decent, dependable car at parking and zipping around the city

The subcompact hatchback is the smallest Chevy ever made, but don’t be fooled by its unassuming stance. Its nice appearance, comfortable interior, and price range make the Chevrolet Spark a great choice for first-car buyers.
  • A decent, dependable car at parking and zipping around the city
  • A 1.4L engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or CTV transmission
Many Spark owners say that the CTV transmission gets a tiny bit better fuel economy, but it’s not a particularly great feeling CTV. Perhaps the manual tranny brings more life to the small engine and more fun to the motorists.

>>> Click for more options of new & used Chevrolet Spark for sale on Philkotse

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5. Hyundai Accent 2017

A red Hyundai Accent angular front view

Hyundai Accent 2017: Great performance

The Hyundai Accent is a great choice for beginning drivers, most budget-conscious purchasers, as well as people who are into the cab business in our country.
  • Great performance
  • Fuel efficient
  • Attractiveness
  • Ample interior
  • Cutting edge look
  • A 1.6L diesel engine with VGT, or a 1.4L gasoline engine with CVT, mated to either a 6-speed manual or CVT type transmission

Nice interior and spacious luggage space is evident, plus a decent amount of creature comforts make the Hyundai Accent a formidable rival against the very popular Toyota Vios

>>> Click here to find new & used Hyundai Accent for sale on Philkotse

Hyundai Accent 2017 Car Review

>>> The Hyundai Accent is one of the most popular choices in our country, especially for those who are seeking a sedan at under P700,000. Read our article for more information.

6. Subaru WRX STI 2017

A blue Subaru WRX angular front view

Subaru WRX STI 2017: Available only as a sedan

The Subaru WRX is made for the enthusiast driver:
  • Abundant power
  • Remarkably nimble handling
  • Available only as a sedan
  • One of the most favorite cars featured in “The Fast and Furious”
  • 2.5L Turbo-Intercooler High-Boost 4-Cylinder Boxer Engine and SI-Drive Technology
With a quick turn in and great steering, the car can give a impressive ride through different road conditions.

>>> Find the list of new & used Subaru WRX for sale on Philkotse

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Spending your hard earned money on fuel is the worst. Why do you toss cash into the road and watch as people scramble for it? Refueling is not many people’s idea of fun. Luckily, there’s a better way to actually have fun while cutting down the most boring spending category imaginable. You can buy and drive a car with a manual transmission where you are in control of gear selection.

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Automatic vs Manual Transmission