I love to drive, I was the lead mechanic at a prime rally school here in the US. This is my thoughts on stick vs auto.
I perfer a sick with out a doubt, when I bought my wrx I looked at many many really nice cars, but passed them up solely on the fact that they were autos.
The ammount of control over the car is far greater with a stick then an auto. You have power when you want, and can also "lug" the engine when needed. Autos seem to always up shift or down shift just at the wrong time . The horsepower is transfered to the ground solidly through gears in a stick, where as in an auto it passes through fluids in a way. Autos work via a torque converter, it works by spinning up springs and automatic transmissions fluid (atf). Atf also passes through valves in the auto trany. the valves cause the car to shift.
I dont know the numbers but manual transmission puts more horsepower to the ground then an automatic transmission does.
With some practice you can up shift and down shift with out use of the clutch, left foot breaking is not a problem either......
The list goes on and on for me any way.... I'll never own an automatic... hope this helps... and for all you automaitc lovers out there..... sorry if I made you mad