The reasons for moving from stick shift to automatic are many. The main one is convenience. It’s fun to shift gears by pressing a clutch pedal and rowing the console lever on a twisty country road. It’s not so much fun in rush hour traffic when you have to use the clutch 150 times shifting to neutral while covering the last two miles to New York City’s Lincoln Tunnel (I counted) at rush hour. More Americans are moving to urban areas where there’s more stop-and-go traffic.