Get the stick man, the way i learned was a 10min ride with my friend in his civic. all i did was watch him, then when i saw the cobalt ss and the salesman wanted me to take it for a drive i told him that ive never driven stick before, he simply tossed me the keys and said "you have to learn somehow" lol long story short i drove it off the lot and i couldn't be any happier. i dont know about the others but i took me a good two months to not even think about how to drive (ss cobalt clutch was a little touchy)
with that being said i love manuals and i made sure i got the camaro in manual and its a blast! the only way i would buy a auto is if i had a family van or a physical condition that prevented me from driving a manual.