So I have now owned a 2006, 2008, 2017, and 2020 Ridgelines and have had all of the available drive trains. I'm sure it has been discussed here before but the performance of the G2 is hands down better than the G1 with it's 5 speed. But now that I have some miles in the 2020 with the 9 speed even that is a pretty decent improvement over the G2 6 speed. The 9 speed is way quicker off the line with it's super short 1st gear. On the highway the older 6 speed has much more jarring RPM jumps when you need some acceleration where the 9 speed is much smoother and doesn't need high RPM as often to get the job done.