I have a toyota tacoma (pre-recall) that has a 6 speed manual transmission and I love it. It's amazing to me, however, the number of people who simply don't know how to operate a manual vehicle. I insisted that my daughter learn to drive in one, and my son will be learning how in this particular one this summer. Seems to me there's no harm in knowing how to operate common machinery even if later on you decide you don't want to use it and choose an automatic instead.
Some folks might think it's old fashioned or whatever, but I wouldn't be too amazed to find that those are largely the people who don't know how to use one.