I sort of like a manual, but don't really care. I rented a CVT for a longer test drive before buying mine and it worked just fine. If the CVT had been the same price, I would have got that, but to pay an extra $1000 or so for it wasn't good value for me. To pay for itself in fuel would take a very long time (if ever - it only seems to be better on the highway), so the only real advantage is convenience. In stop/go city traffic I can appreciate an automatic, for sure, and they are handy if you are trying to eat and drive at the same time.
View my fuel log 2014 Mirage SE 1.2 manual: 45.0 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 54.1 mpg (Imp)