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The most obvious difference between a 5-speed and a 6-speed manual transmission is the number of gears: a 5-speed has five different gears and a 6-speed has six.
5 common speeds
Until very recently, most mass-produced consumer cars with manual transmissions tended to be 5-speed. Only high-end cars with more powerful engines and finer components tended to have 6 speeds.
Since the late 1990s, cars that are not considered performance cars have largely been made with 6 speeds. These are typically cars designed to be more energy efficient.
In the last 6 speeds, the additional speed of a 5 speed allows the engine to run at lower RPM and saves fuel, comparatively. This difference is most effective at highway driving speeds.
Whereas in a 5-speed vehicle, drivers are recommended to accelerate above 40 km / h in fourth gear, in a 6-speed car drivers are recommended to accelerate above 35 km / h in fifth gear.
Get the feel
Since manual shifting is a fairly intuitive skill set, there is no easy tip for a driver who is shifting from a 5-speed car to a 6-speed car. The driver only needs to develop an idea of the engine and be able to make changes himself.