pretty sure our car owner manuals have recommended shift points, because it does vary a bit from car to car, but from what I understand, relying only on torque only to accelerate will worsen fuel mileage. Looking at the dyno graphs turbokits has with the stock run, you can learn a lot about our powerband and where the torque and power lies in our rev ranges.
An example of this to make it easy to understand, and also to illustrate the fact that there are exceptions and extinuating circumstances, is if you are driving up a steep hill. You could either drive in 5th gear and have the pedal all the way down to maintain a speed of about 45mph, or you could drive in 3rd gear and have the pedal barely applied to maintain the same speed. same goes for driving through a city. I generally drive 35mph in 4th gear, which I think sits about 2000rpm. thats maintaining 35mph with little effort from the pedal. Using as little throttle application as possible limits the amount of air getting in, thus limiting the amount of fuel being mixed in.
I hope what I've said makes sense, I know what I'm saying, but it's hard for me to remember all that I want to say when I'm actually typing it in lol. As I think of better examples I'll add them, and when I get a chance to look at my manual I'll post it up here too.
Anyone has anything to add to this or correct please do so! The best way for everyone to learn is by open debate and information from people more in the know than they themselves are..