Sweet shifter

2014 ford fiesta st

When it comes to choosing a transmission on the Fiesta ST, you have two options. You can either get a six-speed manual or you can get a different car.

The good news is it's honestly one of the best-feeling manual shifters I've used in a front-wheel drive car. The Fiesta's high-up seating position, typical of subcompacts, makes it a bit of an awkward downward reach. It feels a little like stirring a pot of soup from a high chair. But the shifter slaps smartly from one gear to the next. It makes you want to go faster and faster just so you can shift again and again.

First published October 25, 2013: 10:30 AM ET