[quote author=KrisZ link=topic=142245.msg3188411#msg3188411 date=1245523524]
I understand, but read the bolded text. This is the route Mazda took. Mazda 3 is not made to be a highway cruiser, it's targeted for young people that zip around mostly in city streets. If mazda made the car the way you suggested, how many people would then complain that it's no longer sporty, you can't have a cake and eat it too.
There is a car that will do what you are asking for: it's Corolla
I'm not saying change the rest of the gear ratios, I'm saying to keep the lower ratios in the sporty area and give the car a true highway gear.