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2012 SUVs and Crossovers with Manual Transmissions

Do you love driving stick shifts? Is your car dealer giving you a runaround when you ask about SUVs or Crossovers that are available with manual transmissions? Look in the right place (here!) and you’ll find a slew of manual SUVs that are currently offered in two-wheel-drive (2WD), all-wheel-drive (AWD), and four-wheel-drive (4WD) … even though your dealer might not have what you’re looking for on their lot. Legend has it that our fellow Americans got lazy and stopped driving manual-equipped vehicles, so the dealers stopped ordering them. But the tide is changing. More-and-more folks are waking up and realizing how much more engaging the ride can be with three pedals.

We created this list of manual SUVs and Crossovers to make it easy for you to see what’s out there … and how they stack up with regard to horsepower (HP), torque, gas mileage, fuel capacity, and driving range.

2012 Nissan Juke FWD

  • 2012 Nissan Juke AWD1.6-liter, turbocharged
    inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 188 HP / 177 ft. lbs. torque
  • Premium
  • 11.8 gallon fuel tank
  • 318.6 mile combined range
  • MPG: 25 City / 31 Highway /
    27 Combined

 


2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2WD
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 4WD

  • 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 148 HP / 145 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 15.8 gallon fuel tank
  • 410.8 mile combined range
  • MPG: 24 City / 31 Highway /
    26 Combined

 


2012 Jeep Compass 2WD
2012 Jeep Compass

  • 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 158 HP / 141 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 13.6 gallon fuel tank
  • 340 mile combined range
  • MPG: 23 City / 29 Highway /
    25 Combined
  • 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 172 HP / 165 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 13.6 gallon fuel tank
  • 340 combined range
  • MPG: 23 City / 28 Highway / 25
    Combined

2012 Jeep Compass 4WD

  • 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 172 HP / 165 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 13.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 324 mile combined range
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Highway / 24
    Combined

2012 Jeep Patriot 2WD

2012 Jeep Patriot

  • 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 158 HP / 141 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 13.6 gallon fuel tank
  • 340 mile combined range
  • MPG: 23 City / 29 Highway /
    25 Combined
  • 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 172 HP / 165 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 13.6 gallon fuel tank
  • 340 mile combined range
  • MPG: 23 City / 28 Highway /
    25 Combined

2012 Jeep Patriot 4WD

  • 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 172 HP / 165 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 13.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 324 mile combined range
  • MPG: 22 City / 28 Highway /
    24 Combined

2012 Ford Escape FWD
2012 Ford Escape

  • 2.5-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 171 HP / 171 ft. lbs torque
  • Regular
  • 17.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 437.5 mile combined range
  • MPG: 23 City / 28 Highway /
    25 Combined

 


2012 Kia Sportage2012 Kia Sportage FWD

  • 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 176 HP / 168 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 15.3 gallon fuel tank
  • 367.2 mile combined range
  • MPG: 21 City / 29 Highway /
    24 Combined


Subaru Forester 20122012 Subaru Forester AWD

  • 2.5-liter, Boxer 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 170 HP / 224 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 16.9 gallon fuel tank
  • 388.7 combined range
  • MPG: 21 City / 27 Highway /
    23 Combined

 


2012 Hyundai Tuscon2012 Hyundai Tucson FWD

  • 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 165 HP / 146 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 15.3 gallon fuel tank
  • 351.9 mile combined range
  • MPG: 20 City / 27 Highway /
    23 Combined


Subaru Outback 2012

2012 Subaru Outback Wagon AWD

  • 2.5-liter, Boxer 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 173 HP / 174 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 18.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 407 mile combined range
  • MPG: 19 City / 27 Highway /
    22 Combined

Suzuki Grand Vitara2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

  • 2.4-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed manual
  • 166 HP / 162 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 17.4 gallon fuel tank
  • 382.8 mile combined range
  • MPG: 19 City / 26 Highway /
    22 Combined


2012 VW Tiguan2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

  • 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 200 HP / 207 ft. lbs. torque
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 7.7 seconds
  • Premium
  • 16.8 gallon fuel tank
  • 352.8 mile combined range
  • MPG: 18 City / 26 Highway /
    21 Combined

2012 Jeep Wrangler2012 Jeep Wrangler 4WD

  • 3.6-liter, V6 engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 280 HP / 260 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 18.6 gallon fuel tank
  • 334.8 mile combined range
  • MPG: 17 City / 21 Highway / 18 Combined

 


2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 4WD

  • 3.6-liter, V6 engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 280 HP / 260 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 22.5 gallon fuel tank
  • 405 combined range
  • MPG: 16 City / 21 Highway /
    18 Combined

2012 Nissan Xterra2012 Nissan Xterra 4WD

  • 4.0-liter, V6 engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 261 HP / 281 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 21.1 gallon fuel tank
  • 358.7 combined range
  • MPG: 16 City / 20 Highway /
    17 Combined


Porsche Cayenne2012 Porsche Cayenne

  • 3.6-liter, V6 engine
  • 6-speed manual
  • 300 HP / 295 ft. lbs. torque
  • Stated 0-60 MPH: 7.1 seconds
  • Premium
  • 22.4 gallon fuel tank
  • 380.8 mile combined range
  • MPG: 15 City / 22 Highway /
    17 Combined

2012 Toyota FJ2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD

  • 4.0-liter, V6 engine, 6-speed manual
  • 260 HP / 270 ft. lbs. torque
  • Regular
  • 19.0 gallon fuel tank
  • 304 combined range
  • MPG: 15 City / 18 Highway /
    16 Combined

 


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4 comments ↓

#1 Rich M on 07.24.12 at 7:30 pm

I know this article only covers 2012s, but a CX-5 AWD with MT is something I’d like to see.

#2 mpg-o-editor on 07.24.12 at 7:38 pm

Rich – That’s what inspired the list. :) As luck would have it, I just swapped into a FWD CX-5 manual yesterday. Took it for a rural/suburban/backroad loop today, 94 degrees, A/C off, windows down. MPGs in the mid-forty range. Can’t wait to see what it does on the highway, but I’m hoping for some cooler temps so I can run one loop with the windows up and A/C off.

#3 Rich M on 07.25.12 at 1:21 pm

Looking forward to that as always. Mid 40′s seems astounding. Only 2 of the skyactiv 3′s on fuelly are showing over 40, and most CX-5s are barely breaking 30, but no way to sort on transmission type.

#4 mpg-o-editor on 07.25.12 at 1:40 pm

Backroad cruising at 25-45 MPH with a minimum of stop signs and no traffic lights always skews high. :) If only all driving was that way …

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