Seeing that the manual has a pretty noticeable comfort penalty, and I submit both to the community and the devs that this is subjective and therefore a flaw in the game logic. I know manuals are dying for, lets say reasons (not trying to start a philosophical debate here), but I submit there are still people who prefer to shift for themselves.
My recommendation for adjusting the game balance is:
Automatic - baseline. No real benefits, or losses. his is due to how ubiquitous they are.
Advanced automatic - adds drivability at the cost of cost ($). Being able to select, or lock out a gear is useful in tow/haul, and spirited driving applications.
Manual - adds sportiness, but reduces drivability. Can pre-select gears instantly (you know when you will shift) and makes the drive more involved (both good and bad).
Differenced for these three have no affect on comfort, but slight MPG gains (adv auto over reg auto, and manual over adv auto)
DCT - trade mpg gain for slight comfort hit (they studder, and hate repeated takeoffs) and slightly reduced reliability (computer controlled clutch tends to burn up faster) you can fix these with quality slider (mostly)
Sequential - trade comfor for sport almost directly. They shift like crap, but you get instant firm gear changes.
Thoughts on this balance tweak?