The differences between types of transmissions are fairly simple but profound. Let us here at Jake Sweeney Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM in Springdale, OH to show you what we mean.

Manual Transmission
Manual transmissions have long had the reputation of being the preferred transmission of car enthusiasts. This type of transmission is commonly referred to as stick shift.

Pros: Having to manually shift gears with the clutch and stick add another dimension to driving, while simultaneously giving the driver more precise control, leading to less wasted energy. You’ll also get a comparative break on repairs thanks to the more basic design.

Con: Technically less of a con for the transmission itself, but many people do not know how to drive a manual car.

Automatic Transmission
Automatic transmissions are a big part of why ‘driving stick’ has fallen out of common consciousness, to the degree in which it has. As opposed to manual, the automatic transmission shifts gears on its own.

Pros: It’s easy, particularly in the city.

Con: Automation requires more design complexity. The more parts that need to work, the more opportunities for them not to. Because the design and functionality are so much more complicated, they are harder to maintain as well as fix. You’re better off getting a new one.

Semi-Automatic Transmission
For the driver that could choose, but chooses not to, SAT is essentially both. This transmission, which is optional in the 2018 Dodge Charger, gives you on-the-fly options.

Pros: You can switch gears manually when you feel like it, and drive automatic when you don’t.

Con: As you might imagine, this type is even harder to repair than a regular automatic transmission.

It’s all a matter of preference when it comes to transmissions. You’ll enjoy the Dodge cars from Jake Sweeney Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, no matter which transmission you feel is best for you.