quote: Sorry, but you are a little out of touch with modern automatics. The ability of the electronics to act in tandem with the engine management and timing as well as react to the dynamics of any given moment is making them very efficient overall, for the average driver. The coup de grace is 6, 7, 8, and even 9 speed automatics as well as the ever improving CVTs. The range of drive ratios available in an 8 speed 'slushbox' makes up for more and more of the losses when the torque converter is not locked up. They react faster and more intelligently then the average driver. The future of efficiency is in intelligent 6+ speed autos, CVTs, and 6+ speed DCTs.
quote: Granted they are better and slightly more efficient than automatics of old, but they will never be more efficient and get better mileage than a good manual, not to mention cost less to produce or maintain.