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What do reviews say about Jeeps with manual transmissions?

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Reviewers of the Jeep line of vehicles generally find that manual-transmission Jeeps have better acceleration and fuel economy than Jeeps fitted with either standard automatic or continuously-variable transmissions. The operation of Jeep manual transmissions is not generally praised as particularly smooth or engaging, but it is also not considered to be notably worse than that of competitors' vehicles in the same class by most reviewers.

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Jeeps with manual transmission usually post better acceleration figures than Jeeps with an automatic transmission, partially due to the weight savings of a manual transmission and partially due to shifting delays that are inherent to most conventional automatic and CVT designs. For example, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler with two doors and a manual transmission accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while a heavier four-door Wrangler with an automatic transmission gets to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds.

The weight savings of a manual transmission usually helps improve fuel economy during reviewer testing of Jeep vehicles, as does the ability to directly shift into a higher gear for fuel savings. For example, a manual-transmission 2015 Jeep Compass gets a combined 25 mpg as compared to only 21 mpg with a CVT transmission. However, while a manual transmission Wrangler out-accelerates an automatic version, it does not get better fuel economy, as the EPA estimates 17 city and 21 highway mpg for both versions.

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