The perfect 10?

“More is better” seems to be the answer whenever you ask car companies about how many cogs a gearbox should have, but Honda reckons it’s come up with the perfect answer: 10. Wheels test drove its new 10-speed automatic, which features four planetary gear sets and is the same length as a six-speed transmission, in an Acura RLX and found it to be not only quiet, but also silky smooth. Plant your right foot, and the kickdown is whip-crack rapid (and a hoot to watch as it instantly drops from 10th to 4th) but the manual mode is tedious to use. Quite frankly, they may as well remove the shift paddles all together.