For purists, even the best automated manual transmission simply isn't good enough. They howl and proclaim there aren't any shift-for-yourself vehicles available anymore, but that's simply not true. What we have here is a comprehensive rundown of manual transmissions available on trucks and SUVs in the U.S., focusing on 2011 vehicles -- some are surprising.

From front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive, or diesel to gas -- manual transmissions are all over the market, especially if you're willing to special order a car.

Go to the right automaker and a vehicle equipped with a manual transmission becomes more than just an entry-level loss-leader on compact cars. Whatever your reason, manual transmission vehicles are alive and well in the U.S. -- at least for now. While their numbers continue to dwindle as single and dual clutch boxes and 8- and 9-speed autos take over, as this collection on the following pages shows, a wealth of manual transmission-equipped vehicles are still out there if you know where to look.

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

2011 JEEP COMPASS
The now-refreshed Compass still offers a five-speed manual transmission with your choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and two different four-cylinder engines at reasonable prices. Now that the Compass resembles a Jeep Grand Cherokee from the front, is it time to reconsider this compact crossover?

Engine: 158-hp 2.0L I-4, 172-hp 2.4L I-4; Gears: 5, 5; Drivetrain: FWD/AWD, FWD/AWD; Estimated Base Price: $19,995, $22,995

2011 JEEP PATRIOT
In terms of styling, the Patriot is as close as Jeep gets nowadays to the classic design of the old Cherokee. Available with a 2.0- and 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Patriot offers a five-speed manual transmission instead of the CVT.

Engine: 158-hp 2.0L I-4, 172-hp 2.4L I-4; Gears: 5, 5; Drivetrain: FWD, FWD/AWD; Estimated Base Price: $16,695, $16,995

2011 JEEP WRANGLER
The Wrangler rolls into the 2011 model year with a fresh interior. If you want complete control of your Jeep as you're offroading, go for the six-speed manual transmission.

Engine: 202-hp 3.8L V-6; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: 4WD; Estimated Base Price: $22,795

2011 KIA SPORTAGE
The Sportage with the six-speed transmission is the only trim that falls below $20,000. If you want remote keyless entry, step up to the LX trim and an automatic transmission.

Engine: 176-hp 2.4L I-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $18,990

2012 MAZDA5
Simply put, you can't buy any other minivan besides the Mazda5 with a manual transmission. Sure, it's smaller than most in the minivan segment, but if you crave the feel of a manual transmission as you accept carpool duties, you should consider the Mazda5.

Engine: 157-hp 2.5L I-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $19,990

2011 MAZDA TRIBUTE
For those who find the Ford Escape too common, Mazda has the Escape-based Tribute. The manual on this low-volume SUV is connected to the 171-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

Engine: 171-hp 2.5L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $21,350

2011 MINI COUNTRYMAN
Mini's largest-ever vehicle, the Countryman has the same two four-cylinder engines as the Cooper and Cooper S, along with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission.

Engine: 121-hp 1.6L I-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $23,000

2011 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT
The larger Outlander SUV doesn't offer a manual transmission, but the Outlander Sport can be had with a five-speed manual. In front-wheel-drive form with a 148-horsepower four-cylinder engine, don't expect high-speed thrills with this one.

Engine: 148-hp 2.0L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $19,275

2011 NISSAN FRONTIER
A manual transmission isn't offered on the full-size Titan truck, but it is available on the smaller Frontier. A five-speed manual is paired with the 152-horsepower I-4 engine while a six-speed comes with the 261-horsepower V-6.

Engine: 152-hp 2.5L I-4, 261-hp 4.0L V-6; Gears: 5, 6; Drivetrain: RWD, RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $18,550, $22,420

2011 NISSAN JUKE
This tiny crossover may be compromised when it comes to interior space, but it certainly isn't when it comes to driving enjoyment. A 188-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo-four is the only engine option.

Engine: 188-hp 1.6L turbo I-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $21,010

2011 NISSAN XTERRA
Both generations of the Nissan Xterra have earned Motor Trend's Sport Utility of the Year award. The 2011 Xterra has a 261-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6, which can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

Engine: 261-hp 4.0L V-6; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $24,650

2011 RAM HD
The Ram HD's optional six-speed manual transmission gives you ultimate control of the 6.7-liter Cummins diesel. Plus, Ram deducts $1170 from the base price if you choose the manual transmission.

Engine: 350-hp 6.7L turbodiesel I-6; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $34,940

2011 SUBARU FORESTER
Our 2009 Sport Utility of the Year, the Forester has a five-speed manual on non-turbo models.

Engine: 170-hp 2.5L flat-4; Gears:5; Drivetrain: AWD; Estimated Base Price:$21,190

2011 Subaru Outback
Like the Legacy 2.5i, the Outback pairs Subaru's 170-horsepower flat-four to a six-speed manual transmission. Motor Trend's 2010 Sport Utility of the Year, the Outback also offers a 256-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine.

Engine: 170-hp 2.5L flat-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: AWD; Estimated Base Price: $23,920

2011 SUZUKI EQUATOR
The Equator is based on the Nissan Frontier but only offers a five-speed manual transmission with the four-cylinder engine. Go for the six-cylinder Equator and you'll get a five-speed automatic.

Engine: 152-hp 2.5L I-4; Gears:5; Drivetrain: RWD; Estimated Base Price: $18,390

2011 SUZUKI GRAND VITARA
Suzuki's Grand Vitara SUV no longer comes with the option of a V-6, but it was always the 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine on which a five-speed manual was offered.

Engine: 166-hp 2.4L I-4; Gears: 5; Drivetrain: RWD; Estimated Base Price: $19,994

2011 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER
It's unclear what the future holds for this slow-selling yet boldly designed off-roader. For now, though, buyers can enjoy the 260-horsepower 4.0-liter V-6 with the six-speed manual transmission.

Engine: 260-hp 4.0L V-6; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: 4WD; Estimated Base Price: $27,000

2011 TOYOTA TACOMA
From the Regular Cab to the X-Runner, Toyota's Tacoma pickup truck offers available five- and six-speed manual transmissions depending on whether you have a four- or six-cylinder model.

Engine: 159-hp 2.7L I-4, 236-hp 4.0L V-6; Gears: 5, 6; Drivetrain: RWD/4WD, RWD/4WD; Estimated Base Price: $17,175, $28,745

2011 VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN
A six-speed manual transmission is part of the base model of Volkswagen's compact SUV. Powered by a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the Tiguan starts in the mid-$20,000 range.

Engine: 200-hp 2.0L turbo I-4; Gears: 6; Drivetrain: FWD; Estimated Base Price: $24,305

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