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I just cant decide if I want the CVT or 6 speed. I dont want to end up with 40k worth of regret.

Below is my break down

Pros for manual -
  • LSD so maybe better handling?
  • Faster more responsive throttle
  • More street cred. Integra is a mainly manual car and this generation being a CVT, people will roast the CVT pretty harshly.

Pros for CVT

  • This car will be my dd and I am in LA traffic a lot. DTLA is annoying to drive with a manual but Ive never had a car with hill start, I wonder how much it helps
  • Better MPG
  • Remote start
  • More comfortable, just put the car in drive lean back and drive.

I can't decide :eek::eek::eek:
 

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I just cant decide if I want the CVT or 6 speed. I dont want to end up with 40k worth of regret.
Pros for CVT
  • This car will be my dd and I am in LA traffic a lot. DTLA is annoying to drive with a manual but Ive never had a car with hill start, I wonder how much it helps
One Angeleno to another, this was the only justification I needed for CVT. Stick is a nightmare here.
 

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One Angeleno to another, this was the only justification I needed for CVT. Stick is a nightmare here.
Ahhh I know, I had a manual FRS years ago. It was such a love and hate relationship. There were days where I loved it and there were days I was over it. I got a 2nd gen IS350 after that and it has been perfect (other than the F sport seats being really uncomfortable). But the manual bug is coming back.

When I had the FRS my anxiety would be through the roof driving through dtla lol. Had to slip the clutch every hill to avoid rolling back to tailgaters. The drivers here expect you to move the second the light turns green lol.

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If you’re buying this as your daily in LA traffic I would go CVT without hesitation. Don’t let the internet guilt you into a manual that you’ll resent later.
Even as a “save the manuals” guy, I fully agree with this. The 6MT sounds like great fun, truly, but the caveat is that you should ideally enjoy it on open roads. Hill start may help — test it out, for sure! — but otherwise get what is best for you as a daily in Los Angeles.
 

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I have never owned an automatic as my daily driver in my 30 years of driving. Have sat through all sorts of traffic, etc not issues. But to each his own. We are going to have automatics forever but manuals will go by the way of the dinosaur, so this is pretty close to the last chance to experience it.
 

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I just cant decide if I want the CVT or 6 speed. I dont want to end up with 40k worth of regret.

Below is my break down

Pros for manual -
  • LSD so maybe better handling?
  • Faster more responsive throttle
  • More street cred. Integra is a mainly manual car and this generation being a CVT, people will roast the CVT pretty harshly.

Pros for CVT
  • This car will be my dd and I am in LA traffic a lot. DTLA is annoying to drive with a manual but Ive never had a car with hill start, I wonder how much it helps
  • Better MPG
  • Remote start
  • More comfortable, just put the car in drive lean back and drive.

I can't decide :eek::eek::eek:
Unless you're used to driving manuals in heavy traffic I'd go with CVT in this scenario. What are you currently driving?
 

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One Angeleno to another, this was the only justification I needed for CVT. Stick is a nightmare here.
If you’re buying this as your daily in LA traffic I would go CVT without hesitation. Don’t let the internet guilt you into a manual that you’ll resent later.
I have never owned an automatic as my daily driver in my 30 years of driving. Have sat through all sorts of traffic, etc not issues. But to each his own. We are going to have automatics forever but manuals will go by the way of the dinosaur, so this is pretty close to the last chance to experience it.
Welcome to the forum guys! Which Integra spec are you interested in getting?
 

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We don't have LA-style traffic where we live, so it was an easy choice for us to order the 6MT. But even with heavy traffic, you should give it a try. Hill start is really a cheater device -- it takes all the drama out of driving an MT. And this is a very good MT/clutch combination. Very smooth and precise. You'll be happy either way -- good luck with your decision.
 

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Los Angeles traffic is its own specific monster. The worst mileage my Mazda3 (6MT) has ever gotten was during an extended stay there. The shifting was a pain in stop-and-go traffic.

I've been shopping for a new car with a manual transmission for a couple of years and when the Integra finally came along it fit most of my criteria and all of the important ones. It's been an interesting hunt. I test-drove a couple of automatics but really don't want to lose my dinosaur status as a manual driver.
 

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Los Angeles traffic is its own specific monster. The worst mileage my Mazda3 (6MT) has ever gotten was during an extended stay there. The shifting was a pain in stop-and-go traffic.

I've been shopping for a new car with a manual transmission for a couple of years and when the Integra finally came along it fit most of my criteria and all of the important ones. It's been an interesting hunt. I test-drove a couple of automatics but really don't want to lose my dinosaur status as a manual driver.
I live in NYC, the one US city where there may be worse traffic than LA, and I just can't imagine having a manual when you're moving 3-4 feet at a time in crazy gridlock.
 

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I live in NYC, the one US city where there may be worse traffic than LA, and I just can't imagine having a manual when you're moving 3-4 feet at a time in crazy gridlock.
I am all for saving the manual transmission, my Integra order is a Carbon/Red 6MT. However, I recently sat in traffic for an hour trying to get through the Holland Tunnel in my ‘88 944 and it was a nightmare. I would never opt for the manual if I had to deal with heavy traffic on a regular basis. The Integra will be my daily commuter but I live in upstate NY where traffic is rarely a problem and we have great twisty roads that I get to enjoy daily. Trying to come up with a 1-car solution that checks all of the fun boxes is almost impossible, go for the choice that makes the most sense for what the car will be used for most often.
 

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I would only get the 6MT if you really wanted to drive an MT. Indeed, it's the only reason the Integra is on my list (otherwise if I was buying automatic for similar money I'd buy a new Audi A3 or slightly used A4/A5, probably; or maybe a Kia Stinger).
 

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In order to consider a 6MT car in heavy traffic, you have to be at a point where driving a 6MT is automatic. I've been driving an automatic since 2015. Before that, I had 8 years in a 2007 5MT Accord which included a daily commute to Jersey City, NJ. The last 10 miles would be a crawl in the morning. I didn't mind. In fact, after a good 15 min test drive in the 6MT Integra, when I got back into my automatic Accord, I kept trying to press the clutch.
 
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