SMG is the way of the way of the future. No human driver can shift gears as fast and precisely as the SMG can. I have not driven one yet, but I can imagine there is still a pretty good feel to it, as the car car actually does shift at your command. I am happy there are SMGs now. That way when I grow old and tired of pushing down on a clutch pedal (which just happened to my dad last year at age 62), I will not have to get an automatic (like he did). RIght now it is all a non-issue, because I don't want to spend the extra cash it would take -- I have stuff for which I need to save up some $$$.