Honda Civic Si
For ages, Honda’s VTEC-equipped go-fast Civic variant came just one way in the gearbox department: with a proper stick. Newer models get a super-slick, short-throw 6-speed box driving a limited-slip differential that spins the front wheels -- providing fantastic control and a great physical connection with the high-revving 4-cylinder engine. Want an automatic on your Civic Si? Too bad. (But not really.) The feel of this 6-speed manual is one of the best out there.