The SX4's gearbox isn't great when you want to drive it enthusiastically. There is a bit of lag before the 'box kicks down, which is typical of most automatics. It is nowhere close to the Honda as far as responsiveness is concerned. With only four ratios to work with, the SX4 doesn't cruise seamlessly on the highway. It doesn't come with Tiptronic or paddle shifts that can control the gears manually. Instead, you can slide the SX4's brushed-metal gear lever through an old-fashioned gate to select the lower gears. In this mode, it won't upshift by itself, allowing you to extend the engine to its redline.