Since I purchased my car I have found that driving in town I never use fifth or sixth gear. I find sixth is utterly useless unless you are at speed in clear traffic for miles. Fifth gear is also useless in traffic for passing. I find on the interstate I travel in fourth gear since it allows me to maintain speed and pass in traffic. My RPM are around 3600 at 75 MPH. I still get around 17mpg around town. I would have a hard time ever buying an eight speed manual if they ever make one.