Time for a quick trivia question for our readers, which was inspired by some city driving this morning. The Subaru I was driving has a 6-speed manual gearbox, which is great in theory, with closer gear spacing for maniacal acceleration at all times. Unfortunately, in city driving it is a busy experience and I almost spilled my latte-frappucino-vodka-milkshake. It made me wonder with all the 6-speeds you see in vehicles like a 2014 Kia Rio if anyone still sells a 5-speed manual? Of course you can get one in a 2014 Honda Fit, or 2014 Subaru Impreza, but the days of the 5-speed are numbered because you can get a few more MPG on the EPA certified fuel economy test when properly designed. Then I thought, what was the last car to have a 4-speed manual gearbox?
Truth be told, I don’t know. It is probably something American built with a name like the Top-Loader or Super T-10, but I’m sure someone in the comments will know.