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I don't get why one of the last available stick shifts in the country is only available with cloth seats and a sub-grade sound system! Nice leather seats and a decent stereo should not be the price of saying 'NO' to an automatic transmission.
 

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If it makes you feel better, it's not really available in your country anymore. It's pretty much sold out. There are still a few left here in Canada, but they'll be gone soon.

I just bought one of those substandard Sport 2.0Ts with a stick, and you know? I rather like the upholstery. (It's a combination leatherette/cloth so it isn't just plain boring cloth.) It'll actually be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter than straight leather. As for the audio system, it compares favourably in sound to my '07 Accord's so I don't mind. It wouldn't cost me a lot to add a subwoofer or upgrade the speakers if I really felt the need.

Every day I drive it (I've only had it three weeks) I have a smile on my face. It's a blast to drive. Everything else about it is gravy.

Get one fast, if you want one. If it's not already too late, and if a move to Canada isn't in your immediate future.
 

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I get where your coming from but I feel that these half cloth half 'leather' seats are really comfortable. The sad unfortunate truth is that manual transmission is a dying breed- there's no substantial money in it for the companies. Even Subaru gave up on the Forester I think. I wish Toyota still made a 4runner with MT.
 

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You're right. They're going away.

The vehicles I was considering were the Accord Sport 2.0T, the Genesis G70 and the Toyota Tacoma. Yeah, quite a bit of variety there. The Genesis was a little smaller than I prefer, but it was awfully nice. The Accord is a better size for us for our road trips. The Tacoma was tempting in some ways but wouldn't be as pleasant a driving experience.

I purposely bought my Accord last month because I knew the manual was gone for 2021. I would have bought it sooner if I'd realized the manual was being discontinued, but luckily there is still a little stock of manuals around here in Canada. A nearby dealer even still has a Sport 1.5T manual in stock (and the Canadian model has a lot more equipment than the US one; it isn't all stripped down).

It might be that my next vehicle will be an automatic, unless I get some sort of sports or performance car to go along with it... which is a possibility. I can still imagine a Mazda MX-5 in my stable. But for the next few years, I think the Accord will more than tick off the fun boxes and yet be practical for me.
 

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Leather is too slippery. I think the cloth/vinyl combo used on the sport is perfect. I love my manual sport 2.0T but really want a truck again to better suite my hobbies. If I could keep the Accord and have both I would but I'm 1st world poor. I actually traded a manual Tacoma Sport for the Accord. The Tacoma in manual form was terrible after living with it for a while. Totally overrated trucks in everyway. Too bad Ridgeline was not a manual!
 

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I don't get why one of the last available stick shifts in the country is only available with cloth seats and a sub-grade sound system! Nice leather seats and a decent stereo should not be the price of saying 'NO' to an automatic transmission.
Agreed, I got a great deal on my 2019 Accord Sport 1.5L MT but I would have paid extra for the Accord EX-L in a MT - just wasn't an option and I didn't want to get the bigger engine with worse gas mileage
 
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