Thanks for the info. That's pretty much what I expected to hear.
I have seen quite a few proposed reasons as to why there are no manual Xs. But yours seems very much like a matter of opinion. I have lived in Montana most of my life, and it seems like the majority of rigs that are designed for snow are manuals, big *** trucks, WRXs, Evos, and plenty of others. Automatic transmissions allow the computer more control of the car; and in situations where the computer is smarter than the driver, that is a good thing. But a skilled driver...