Right. I was blaming just the motor. But of course the gearing is a big part of it. Agree 6th should be more of a true overdrive for efficient highway crushing. Not sure what MPH you hit at redline in 5th, but I’d guess it’s more than fast enough for 99 percent of us.Its the gearing and lack of torque that make the MPG suck for such a small light car. The big camaro will cruise at 70mph at 1200 RPM all day. The brz\86 sit at 3k at the same speed. The same thing happens during acceleration while city driving. That big V8 can create proper acceleration without exceeding 2500 rpm. Meanwhile the twins need 4k just to get out of their own way. Turbo engines tend to be the same. They make plenty of torque down low and dont need revs to get going.
Still, realistically the 6th gear should have been made taller for commuting purposes.