Never thought id go there, but having drivin a stick most of the last 30yrs (have had automatics for the last 3 years) after more than 20,000 miles in less than a year with my 2.0 fx4 4k , it handles so good, and is so quick I think it would be a blast as a 5 speed. As it stands its so responsive that I cant really give it shi& unless Im merging onto a highway, i can never really really! drive it in suburbia whithout having to let off the throttle almost straight away. As a 5 speed, i would at least be able to walk it through a few gears. Before my Mav I had a 2019 Wrangler Automatic Trans and found it to be the ultimate off road machine in low gear so smart and easy at crawling over anything with know stress, but the Maverick is a really nice road machine , I wonder what it would be like as a 5 speed.