MAnual is the only option for a small car, IMO. I wouldnt ever consider buying an auto. I love the ST, except that its a hatch. relaly considered waiting for it, then fell in love with my little sedan.
2012 Ford Focus S 2.0/5-speed
1994 Ford F-150 5.0/4R70W/3.08s
1969 Ford F-100 360FE/NP435/3.25s
2004 Mercury Grand Marquis 4.6/4R70W/2.73s