- There are none.
Then again, I don't own a car, and probably the cost factors weigh heavily in favor of manual.
But to say there are no cons... if I could choose between a manual or auto and the cost and upkeep cost of both cars the same.. I would choose auto.
Driving is a lot of hassle as it is, you want your full attention on the road, and all around you. Not on the stick.
It could be argued that having to be aware of gear changes requires the driver to be fully engaged in driving, while an automatic transmission allows for multi-tasking.
Someone previously mentioned that they may be eating or drinking something while driving, which isn't all that bad, but talking on a phone or much worse texting is commonplace, all of the above are much more difficult to do with a manual gear box.
It could be argued, but it would be a terrible argument.
No it wouldn't. When driving manual you don't look down or concentrate on the stick. You're heads up just like you are in an automatic and you have to pay attention to what everyone else is doing to know what gear you should be in. You're actively engaged in the process of driving.