True, but you can sneak it into small econo-cars
with sporting pretensions, such as the entry level Hyundai's, VW's, etc. Problem is the manual comes stock in the cars, but then when you opt for the bigger engine, the only offering is an auto or my hated SMG choice in some sporting cars.
I have had tons of good fun tossing around Accents with a manual down in Costa Rica. Feels like little buzz-bombs.