I have owned a 2006 Mazda 3 i 5-speed manual and will soon be shopping for a new Mazda 3. I took a test drive in the 6-speed manual Sport and liked it. It had even more responsive steering, shorter throw shifter, and of course all the extras mine didn't have (I had crank windows, no power locks or keyless entry, or cruise control, etc.). And the Skyactiv Engine's fuel efficiency is impressive. Before my 2006 Mazda, I had a Jeep Wrangler that was also a manual trans. I enjoy the control and feel of a manual, and although I at one point was on the fence about maybe getting an automatic this time, I think I've settled on staying with manual. In the test drive I didn't get up to higher speeds, and was intrigued at how the layout of the gears was (pushing in the shifter for getting to reverse was cool). I'm very familiar with how my 5-speed drives, but I was wondering what the typical speeds were when shifting with the 6-speed was. It seems like a lot of shifting, lol. Do you only use 6th gear at "speeding" speeds (65mph+)?