Long time no speak, forum! Yesterday I traded in my good old '16 Sport 1.4t in Colorado Red for a '17 Latitude 2.4 in Jetset Blue. I was very sad to see the manual go, and will miss the growl of the 1.4 turbo a lot, but it's not all bad. The main reason for the decision was my wife preferring an automatic, which I resisted and played my gearhead card a lot, but the reality was, we made too many long drives where I'd have liked a relief driver and she never got used to the clutch. Also, while we don't tow right now, we'd like the option of getting a small trailer and I can clearly see how the 1.4t just wouldn't tow well. What I don't miss about the manual: I never really liked the clutch, there is too little feedback, the pedal always felt kinda numb. The shifter was nice, and I miss the fewer gears, but (to me at least) the 9-speed seems much smoother in this '17 than the '15 I test drove, and the '16 Chrysler 200 rental I had. I didn't notice a single rough shift, which is nice. I actually kind of like the 2.4l engine. It's definitely not operating anywhere near its limits, which speaks to long engine life I suppose. If you can get it cranked up it sounds a little like a tiny tractor, but it's fitting for a chunky, not-that-fast CUV. If it came with a similar 5-speed transmission to our Civic I think it would have a lot more character, but it's fine. I noticed on the 200+ mile drive back home from the dealership where we found it, I averaged 31.8 MPG, so you can definitely baby it and get good mileage. I'll add more observations as I go. Pretty happy with the deal we got on a '17 with only 11,800 miles on it, but I will miss the character of the 1.4t manual!