For those who are experienced driving both manual and automatic transmissions, can you give me some comparative information in terms of practicality? Do you find it bothersome to drive a manual in moderate-high traffic situations? I'm considering buying a MX-5 Miata (love the 3rd-gen design, 2006 is its first year.) over the summer as my first car. It seems like buying a roadster with an automatic transmission would be a sin, and that a responsive car like a miata would be much more fun to drive with a stick. I have never driven a manual, and would probably have to rent one and learn to drive it over a weekend. That would not give me a good picture of how it would feel in the long term, at the point where using a stick seems natural. I've been driving my parents' cars over breaks and the summer, and have been car-less at school. Any input from manual drivers? Is it worth it to get a car with a stick even if you must drive through high-traffic areas a decent amount?