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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Central NJ
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I believe the I4-6MT cranks 2,150 rpm at 60 mph. That means about 2,700 rpm at 75 mph and 2,900 rpm at 80 mph. (I believe the CVT is around 2,300 rpm at 80 mph). While the 6MT’s gearing is not low by today's standard, it is still very acceptable. This forum has some very picky, oh I’m sorry, discriminant drivers. And while many would prefer a longer 6th gear for better fuel economy, I’ve read ZERO complaints about highway drone. On the subject of fuel economy, the 6MT will get about 1-2 fewer mpg highway. (At 80 mph, the CVT might get 37 mpg and the 6MT 35 mpg.) However the upside to the 6MT on the highway is far better speed control. If you need to change speed for a lane change or to maintain speed going up a hill, having the rpm slightly higher AND having the throttle plate directly connect to the wheels (no torque converter or pulley belt adjustments), throttle response is much more immediate with the 6MT.
If you are concerned about drone, can you test drive a CVT and somehow hold the rpm at 3,000 at 80 mph? (Can the paddle shifter do that?)
2012 Accord Coupe EX-L w/Nav, V6-6MT
2007 Accord Sedan EX-L w/Nav, V6-6MT (sold)