FOREMAN, Strictly for the pulling power. The auto feature would be nice if you were strictly a trail rider. If you will be mudding and pulling, the standard transmission is the way to go. I'm sure others will disagree with me, its just a preference thing. If you go standard transmission get the ES model. I have the ES model and was leery at first as I was used to foot shift. Now I would have nothing else. The main thing is get a HONDA! Either way, Auto or Standard you will be happy.