Could be also for smart men, depending on your mileage :-). My car gives me the best of both worlds and a bit more besides. It has automatic and semi-automatic. Auto is great for long runs at steady speed with cruise control and it's easy to hit the brake in an emergency. Semi-auto gives advantages of gears without the clutch and is great for extra acceleration or descending a steep hill without putting too much wear on the front brake pads. I also have 2 wheel, All-wheel and low speed 4 wheel drive, selectable at the flick of a switch, although there are caveats. Regarding fuel consumption differences, despite the theory that manual should be more economic than automatic, because of higher number of gears, I've found there is little difference between manual 2 wheel drive and auto all wheel drive. The reason for this is that unless you really gun the engine the automatic gearbox is usually much cleverer at changing gears at optimum revs than the driver of a manual is. Besides the auto gearbox only has to focus on changing gears at optimum efficiency and therefore doesn't have the myriad attention grabbers, which the vehicle driver has to contend with, even if she/he is not having a phone conversation at the same time.