I am 33 years old and single, and I prefer the column shifter myself. Why? It makes sense! A shifter on the floor is supposed to be "sporty". However, very few drivers pretend their automatic is a manual shift...they put it in D and go. Meanwhile, a ton of storage space has been usurped by the shifter and its accompanying console. My 2004 Mazda Tribute SUV has a column shift and there is an enormous amount of storage space, cupholders, CD holders, etc, etc, that would otherwise by taken over by a floor mounted shifter. Sure enough, when Ford, Mazda and Mercury updated the Escape, Tribute, Mariner for 2005, gone was the column shifter, replaced with a floor shifter. At least half of that storage space disappeared in the 2005+ models. I guess they felt the column shifter was too traditional and not sporty (my guess).