Oh, absolutely. That's all I'm getting at there. Gas being cheap in the U.S. (or expensive in Europe, etc., depending on how you look at it) just means that for most Americans, the cost savings isn't significant enough to warrant the hassle of driving a manual over driving an automatic. If gas were ten bucks a gallon, you can bet you'd see a lot more people driving manuals, not to mention just smaller cars in general. It's not necessarily a bad thing or a good thing, it just sort of is what it is. That said, driving a stick isn't exactly rocket science. More people know how to do it than actually choose to. Like I said above, I love a clutch during typical driving but not so much during a grinding 40 minute commute.