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Best Manual Transmission Sedans for 2023

These are the best manual transmission sedans based on iSeeCars' analysis of each vehicle’s reliability, resale value and safety.

The best manual transmission small and compact car is the Honda Civic (coupe) (9.4 quality rating), with the BMW M3 being the best manual transmission luxury small and compact car (8.2 quality rating). The BMW M6 ranks #1 for the best manual transmission luxury midsize cars (6.8 quality rating).

The best manual transmission 2-seater car is the Mazda MX-5 Miata (7.6 quality rating), with the Porsche 911 (coupe) being the best manual transmission luxury 2-seater car (8.5 quality rating).

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How We Rank These Cars

The best manual transmission cars rank vehicles by iSeeCars Score which is based on our proprietary assessment of a vehicle’s reliability, resale value and safety (based on ratings from IIHS and NHTSA).

We analyze data from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with the NHTSA's Safety Ratings to give you an unbiased guide to the best vehicles in each segment.

iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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