Thanks for this information. I didn't realize that but I thought I could "feel" the difference driving streets in town and on the highways that cut through town.In case you didnt realize it, the MT is full time AWD, with additional transfer case settings of High Locked (HL) and Low Locked (HL) where the center differential is locked.
AT is more old school with rear wheel drive in 2H and locked 4 WD in 4H and 4L complete with drivetrain bind if you drive on high friction surfaces (such as asphalt). MT trans also has EPA mpg rating that is 1 mpg worse that automatic because of the full time AWD.
Almost all serious rock crawlers are autos. About the only exception are old school Toyotas with dual cases. I run a R151F with 2.28's in the front case and 4.71's in the rear. I would trade that setup for an auto in a second.There were zero MT's here in the Gulf States when I got my AT in '07. Gulf States Toyota made a mgmt decision NOT to import any manual trannys into their zone. So I got the AT.
331,000 miles and all is well.
However, if you plan on making a rock crawler or spinning a lot of tires or climbing steep terrain, I would opt for the MT every day.
If you do get the AT though, buy yourself a pedal commander - the lag on the AT is nearly 1 entire second while the ECU thinks about it...
Control slow speed with the brake vs clutching. RPM's can dip below 400 before the FJ shows signs of stalling.I have a MT, love it. But I must admit, it sucks in bumper to bumper traffic. I don’t usually drive it in traffic, but when I do, it sucks.
At all other times, it’s awesome!