The point I am trying to make is that 6-speed is one gear better than 5-speed. It's really just that simple. If the 5-speed has the same top gearing as my 6-speed, then you don't have the same gear available as my 5th. (4th is 1/1 on 'most all transmissions) Changing the rearend ratio is certainly not a solution, as that would negate the highway advantage. I bought tall gears in my Formula specifically because I wanted a car for high speed interstate cruising. With a 6-speed, I have an overdrive for around town, too. (And the only numbers that are relevant are RPM vs MPH.) I repeat - don't knock a 6-speed until you have had a few years using one. There are reasons why serious performance car makers, like BMW, are going to 6-speed.