“There are three principle types of automatic transmission: the traditional hydraulic or torque converter, Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and semi-automatic, which is sometimes known as robotised manual or automatic clutch,” DirectLine says.Converters use gears in their transmission, with different systems helping the car know when to change gears. This is based on variables such as speed and acceleration. The driver does not need to facilitate the changing of gears. A CVT ditches the traditional gear system in favour of a belt and pulley system, according to Digital Trends. Again, the driver does not need to do anything to change gears while driving. Meanwhile a semi-automatic allows the driver to change gears without using the clutch. But, you will still need to use the gear stick. There are also dual-clutch transmissions, which are fully automatic, but function a bit differently to other transmissions. With the exception of semi-automatics, the general experience for the driver remains the same on the surface. Rather, it’s the technology that differs. Ultimately though, they achieve the same goal. But, when it comes to tangible benefits of manual versus automatic cars, what can the driver expect?
“Manual transmissions usually have better acceleration, less weight, and less power loss than an automatic transmission in the same car. So, for those that love performance cars, especially sports models, a standard transmission is often a no-brainer,” the Transmission Repair Guy site says.A manual transmission also gives you more nuanced control over your driving. This includes slowing down using gears rather than brakes.