Mazda6 goes automatic-only for 2019

Mazda could bring the stick back if buyers ask for it.

Mazda's Mazda6 sedan has become the latest car to ditch its manual transmission. The six-speed stick offered on some trim levels through the 2018 model year has disappeared for the 2019 model year, the company confirmed.

Website CarsDirect broke the news after looking at Mazda6 order guides for the current model year, and the Japanese company quickly confirmed it. The reason is simple: there isn't enough demand for a clutch pedal.

Mazda offered a manual on the entry-level Mazda6 Sport, which was priced at $22,845, so going automatic-only makes the sedan more expensive. Pricing for the 2019 model year starts at $24,720. However, Mazda partially offset the increase by adding features like automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, automatic headlights, and adaptive cruise control to the list of standard equipment.

Buyers who want a Mazda with a manual transmission have two options left: the Mazda3 and the MX-5 Miata. Those in the market for a mid-size sedan with a stick are left with the Honda Accord. Mazda isn't opposed to the idea of bringing the manual back to the Mazda6 line-up if there is enough demand for it, however.

"We will continue to listen to our fans and if their desires should change in the future we will respond accordingly," Mazda spokesperson Tim Olson told MotorAuthority.

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