I don't think it's a question of "easier or harder", it's simply a matter of preference. I clearly loved the BS Badlands enough to commit to a purchase even with its modern fittings, but I DEFINITELY would prefer a gear shift handle. I'm 50 and every vehicle I've had has had a gear shift I could grab onto, not a gear "circle" that I can't. Certainly not a deal breaker though...not like a spend my entire day driving with one hand while stroking the gear shift with another! lolserious question.. how is pushing and pulling tougher than turning? Both types of gear shifters use the same effective motions that are found on many mechanisms that people use daily. What I do find funny and do laugh at is when I see capable people, still having their hair color, that need an automatic lift gate when I see gray-haired ladies and gentlemen still using a manual lift gate.