Despite bumper to bumper metro traffic, I would have still opted for a manual, but it was more important to me that I get a car that was mechanically sound, and there's no beating this one . . at 97k mi, it looks and feels like it just came off the showroom floor. The others I'd looked at weren't even close to the condition this one is in. The only issue I've found was a worn sway bar link, a $17 part and 5 min to fix. And even tho it's not the colors I wanted, it's got a lot more options than I was hoping to get.
Truth be told, I was also looking at Audi A6's and the Merc C Class, but they just don't compare IMO. And the Scion is, well, a Scion . . compared side by side, I chose the used 5'er over a new tC for the same price, no contest