I think it comes down to what you really like. I drove an auto and in my opinion it probably is a little nicer transmission than the stick. The manual they used in our cars is a little notchy and clunky for my tastes. With that being said I have always always preferred a manual, especially in a sports car. I couldn't bring myself to buy an auto so even though the auto is probably a better transmission I bought a stick. If I were someone who didn't have a strong preference I would buy an auto and that's what I personally recommend to someone else who doesn't have a strong preference one way or another.