The 2018 Ram 2500 is the last big pickup truck you can buy with a manual transmission.
Everything is automatic these days. You might be able to find manual transmissions on certain sports cars, but if you want a full-size pickup, your only choice will be an automatic. Ford’s F-150s all have 10-speed automatics, while Chevy, GMC, and Ram 1500s are all run on 8-speeds.
As Jalopnik points out, the very last manual transmission on a full-size pickup truck comes on the 2018 Ram 2500. You can get it on any trim you want, so long as it comes paired to a 6.7-L Cummins diesel engine. Power gets routed through a G56 6-speed manual transmission--a transmission that has been disappearing rapidly from the automotive environment.
Ever since the late ‘90s, automatic transmissions have replaced manuals as the “default” gearbox offered in most vehicles. You previously could get manual transmissions as the cheap alternative on entry-level trims, but nowadays a manual transmission will actually bear an additional cost on the buyer.
If it’s even available at all.
The Ram 2500 will lose its 6-speed manual when the 2019 model rolls into dealers, replaced by an 8-speed automatic. That eliminates the manual transmission entirely from full-sized pickups.
But if you desperately want a manual pickup truck, there are still a few more options left. The Toyota Tacoma still offers a 6-speed manual on their TRD Pro trim, and the Nissan Frontier still has it on their PRO-4X. The Frontier has been around since 2004, so that might explain why Nissan has been slow to kill off their manual trannies.
And of course, there’s the 2019 Chevy Colorado, but their manual transmission is only available on the lower-trim 2WD models.
We’re pretty sure that even those mid-size pickups will lose their manual transmissions on their next redesign. And is that such a bad thing? Modern automatic transmissions shift faster, are more reliable, and some even allow you to override the computer to pick the gear you want so no functionality is lost between a manual and automatic.
Besides, when electric vehicles replace everything there won’t be any gears at all.