car takes long to accelarate on 1996 Mazda MX-6

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My car rpm goes to about 5 before my car accelerates to 35 or 40 mph? Makes a noise and feels like the car is not moving.
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Or, it sounds like a transmission shifting issue?
Sounds like clogged catalytic convertor in exhaust system. Has check engine light been on?