Less spacing between ratios is the reason (5 versus 6 gears).My new to me 2015 with the 6 speed has a 4th gear switch on the side of the shifter. I have used it a couple of times just slowing quickly. Doing so only hoped the revs up to about 3,000 to 3,500. Nothing outrageous or overly jerky.
Hoping to get more miles out of our 2002 EX, and we'll see how long the OEM rotors will last.