Manual vs. Automatic Transmission: What Is the Difference?

March 14th, 2018 by

Acura ILX Manual Transmission

Manual vs. automatic transmission: what is the difference? Picking out a transmission is a huge aspect of shopping for a new vehicle to drive around Freehold. Both perform the function of delivering power from the engine to the wheels, but they do so in different ways.

Manual Transmission

Otherwise known as a stick shift, a manual transmission:

  • Requires that the driver shift gears on their own via a shift lever in the center console
  • Relies on a clutch disk that needs to be released through a third pedal next to the break each time gears are changed
  • Entails a driver being more actively engaged in the driving process

Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmissions prove much simpler to maneuver, especially since they:

  • Shift on their own without any input from the driver
  • Changes gears hydraulically or electronically based on the position of the throttle, the speed, and the engine’s rpm
  • Pose no risk of engine stalling and require much less maintenance

Decide Which Transmission You Prefer at Acura of Ocean

The team at Acura of Ocean is here to help as you decide which transmission you prefer on your new Acura model, and our finance department is prepared to get you behind the wheel today! Get in touch to plan your visit. We are also here to answer any questions you may have, such as what to do if you fill your gasoline engine with diesel fuel.