My 05 Vibe is my first car with an automatic transmission, ( 7 prior cars with MT) and I'm glad I bought an automatic.
I have to drive in rush hour traffic on the freeway, frequently, and I'm sure not getting any younger.
I still have a 5 speed '88 Toyota Celica, (that I bought new...) but I drive it fairly seldom, these days. I like sitting up higher in the Vibe. I like that is has ABS brakes, and air bags.
I read somewhere that only 5% of the cars sold in the USA have manual transmissions, and this was probably 3 or 4 years ago.
There are quite a few cars that get better mileage with an auto transmission, than the manual transmission, according to the EPA.