I have 4 daughters, one of which has her license, one of which has her permit, 2 are still young. We live in a very mountainous place. Do you think it is better for them to learn on a manual from the very beginning or should they get the basics down first on the automatic, and a few months later switch to the manual? I did the latter with my first daughter, beginning with an Accord, and dangling a 5 speed Miata as the carrot to learn to get shifty. Second daughter used the Miata from the word go (she was used to shifting a dirt bike). .