Get the manual. It's much more of a driver's car that way. Plus, the auto is more designed for fuel economy, so it's constantly upshifting to the highest gear possible to give you higher fuel economy. You can get a tune to correct the issue, but if you aren't interested in tuning the car, then you're stuck with the stock programming. You can use the same shifting philosophy in the manual to save gas, but you're the one in control. Plus save a few lbs on the car and initial purchase price of about $1,000 that you can keep in your pocket or spend toward modifications if that's your thing.