Some reviewers must secretly desire an American car with a 5 speed automatic where the overdrive is made to pump up EPA gas mileage stats.
In all seriousness though, it is not bad. In my opinion, if the rpms are less than that you won't be able to maneuver out of dangerous situations very well (using the accelerator) on a 3-6 lane (in one direction) freeway.
To be honest with you, if I'm doing only 65mph on freeways in LA then I am still in 4th gear because my engine feels "happier" at a cruising rpm higher than 3k. Granted, I'm referring to a 2.0L so maybe some others can chime in with their experiences with a 2.5L engine.
Finally, I think it is a good car for driving the streets and freeways in LA, especially with the elevation changes that happen throughout the greater metropolitan area and surrounding mountains.
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