For my last 2 cars I've had a manual transmission & I've sworn that I'm a stick-shifter for life. But now with the CX-5 I'm torn… I still want all the control of a manual; but gosh-darnit I just don't want a gray, black, or silver vehicle. I'd take the silver if I had to, but I really want that funky sky blue.
I'm still waiting for our local inventory to perk up so I can finally test drive both versions, but what do y'all think of the manual transmission with the manual mode? I wouldn't expect the "manual mode" to really be like a manual, but has anyone found it to be "close enough" so they could get the other features on the other trims of the CX-5?