One of the wonders of this little car is how different the drive is when you switch back and forth between manual and auto. I had been driving in auto for a week when I tried driving around town in manual. The car was way more zippy in manual mode. Drove like a different car. Now I know the car is not fast by any means but it can be quite zippy. I love that I can put it in auto mode and have great fuel economy or I can switch over to manual if I need a bit of extra pep. I tend to drive slow and leisurely so auto mode is great for me. I do appreciate being able to go into manual mode when I need it though. It really makes the car so much more versatile.