shift lever

noun Automotive.
the lever mounted on the steering column or floor of a vehicle that enables the driver to shift gears.
Also called gearshift.
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The agency says that in some cases the floor shift lever may not match the
  car's gear.
Big radio and climate controls are mounted reasonably high for easy reach, as
  is the shift lever.
Our four-speed had a manual mode, controlled by reaching toward the center
  stack and notching the shift lever from side to side.
The automatic features a gated shifter, and the shift lever is well placed and
  a cinch to operate.
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