It's funny, watching him drive it, I thought, wow, thats why I never want another manual in a 4x4 (I know how to drive one, having had 3 manual Broncos, 1 F-150 (custom ordered) and a Jeep LJ all manual). It's such a pain in the ass, the seating position vs. shifter does not look optimal with a rear passenger and it often makes modulating the throttle difficult, because you can need to shift at the same time you want to alter the throttle. Taking the performance hit with the manual also doesn't add up for me. To each their own, but don't think my choice is based on my inability to drive a manual
I loved the quote-"This is as good or better than my $10K Icon suspension in my 4Runner." You could tell he was thinking, this is way better than my $10k Icon suspension in my 4Runner!
I agree and would add you can’t stand on the brake and the gas at the same time. Something I find myself doing on inclines or decline and to transfer from stop to power quickly to maneuver an obstacle. I also can drive stick but automatic is a significant advantage off-road.