2011 CHEVROLET COLORADO
A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Colorado with its 185-horsepower 2.9-liter I-4 engine. A four-speed automatic transmission is the only option on five- and eight-cylinder Colorados.
Engine: 185-hp 2.9L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $17,855
2011 CHEVROLET HHR LS, 2LT
Yes, they still make the HHR. In fact, 75,000 units were sold in 2010. A number of those Heritage High Roof cars had a five-speed manual transmission mated to a 2.2- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Get them while you can, as the HHR is not long for this world.
Engine: 155-hp 2.2L I-4, 172-hp 2.4L I-4; Gears: 5, 5; Drivetrain: FWD, FWD; Estimated Base Price: $19,440, $22,140
2011 FORD ESCAPE
Don't get the V-6 Escape if you want a manual transmission. Before this generation Escape is replaced, the five-speed manual transmission is paired with a 171-horsepower 2.5-liter I-4.
Engine: 171-hp 2.5L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $21,995
2011 FORD RANGER
Ford's aging Ranger can be had with a five-speed manual transmission, and is available with either the four- or six-cylinder engine.
Engine: 143-hp 2.3L I-4, 207-hp 4.0L V-6; Gears: 5, 5; Drivetrain: RWD, RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $18,755, $23,115
2011 GMC CANYON
Like the Colorado, the Canyon is available with a five speed, but only if you choose the I-4 engine option, mated to either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. You can roll out of a GMC dealership with a five-speed Canyon for under $22,000.
Engine: 185-hp 2.9L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $17,800
2011 HYUNDAI SANTA FE
You might not expect an SUV the size of the Santa Fe to offer a manual transmission, but as long as you choose the 175-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine on the front-wheel-drive version, a six-speed is standard.
Engine: 175-hp 2.4L I-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $22,490
2011 HYUNDAI TUCSON GL
The base model of the Tucson compact crossover - the GL - not only has a five-speed manual transmission, but a smaller engine than other Tucsons. The GL's 2.0-liter I-4 makes 165 horsepower.
Engine: 165-hp 2.0L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price:$19,540