This was the biggest factor that led me to the Tacoma, the 6sp trans. I opted for the Ridgeline mainly because it was significantly larger and got the same mileage. I do wish it had a slick 6sp trans option. I would have jumped on that.
No one loves a manual trans more than me, but I'm very happy with the automatic in the Ridgeline. It shifts great and always seem to be where I want it to be gear wise. It pretty much stays where there's good torque available for any acceleration I want. Nice job Honda.