Very few automakers these days loan manual transmissions for review. Some, like Porsche, sell paddle shifters in such massive amounts that I’ll get lent its manual option only in something a little obscure, like its 911 Targa.
Others, like Mazda, do freely give the manual version of its MX-5—but that’s because to do anything less would be to sacrifice the very thing that earned its status as an stick-shift-lite icon. Subaru always loans out the stick-shift for its WRX. That’s understandable for such a serious rally car. Chevrolet gives out the seven-speed manual on its Corvette Stingray because, duh.