Manual cars are better than automatic cars.
Automatic cars are better than manual cars.
Manuels have acted as a great tool for teaching new drivers how to drive- it requires arguably more focus, awareness, and precision which are crucial for any driver. They keep you busy due to shifting at several different points in time- improving your awareness and reaction timing/ speed, as well as even your precision and focus. Of course, these factors will always improve with more practice behind the wheel, however, I see more improvement or at the very least at a more rapid pace.
You have alot more control over what the car does and can become a better drive with experience
Even though in modern society automatic cars are just as efficient in mileage and power, with the good old manual you not only have more control over the vehicle, your probably less tempted to drink and drive, their easier to repair, deter theft, and are way way more fun to drive.