When I test-drove my first Taco, they had two nearly identical '06 2.7s that were part of a fleet purchase. Side be side auto and 5-speed. I drove them both.
Honestly I couldn't believe they were the same truck. The auto was *such* a dog, comparatively. Night and day difference.
I think some stats I came across recently have manual transmissions down to under 10% nationally. Sad, that.