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  • 05 Quest SL (5 speed automatic) with around 3,000 miles on it driven 70% highway 30% back roads in the last few weeks. Last four fillups (905 miles) were 22.0, 22.3, 21.8, 22.1. We reset the trip computer with each tank and it's pretty close to these numbers, which were calculated from the log.

    This is much better than break-in. When the gas stations switch over from the winter blend I wouldn't be surprised if it went up another 1-1.5 mpg.

    This is a GREAT vehicle! Even the minivan haters like driving it.
  • tracy3tracy3 Posts: 10
    1st tank 18.1 mpg
    2nd tank 18.04 mpg
    3rd tank 20.01 mpg
    4th tank 20.08 mpg
    5th tank 19.87 mpg @ >1500 miles

    I agree w/ Stickguy as well. Not bad mileage for the size of the vehicle. However, it's certainly not what's touted in all of the automotive reviews or the "window sticker". Posted are 30/70 city/highway miles. I'm sorta interested in watching the trend as it relates to the "wait for the engine to break in" advice. Anecdotally, I've found that as your "low" mileage continues to persist, the suggested break-in also increases. :o)
  • marine2marine2 Posts: 1,155
    I have a 2005 Dodge GC with the 3.8 and about 1,100 miles on it. First tank I filled when only half empty.

    1st. tank 16.10 mpg.
    2nd. tank 18.77 mpg.
    3rd. tank 19.66 mpg.
    4th. tank 18.75 mpg.

    This is also about 70/30 highway/city driving.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,614
    1st tank 16.97
    2nd tank 19.14
    3rd tank 14.84
    4th tank 11.41
    5th tank 11.16 (1066 miles)

    That 5th tank was the worst ever (this was winter in Anchorage). The lifetime average is 21.4.

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 29,091
    Steve,
    I get better than that with my Suburban. Only got 19 once on a long trip. Never under 12.4 mpg around town with the truck sitting for weeks on end. I was starting to think I might like the Odyssey EX-L with that slick NAV. If the combined average is under 20 I would not consider it. Is anyone getting 20/28 EPA rating with that fancy VCM V6?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,614
    It took about 10,000 miles before the Quest really hit its stride. The mileage has continued to go up (very marginally) to today (101,000 miles). The best tank was 29.95 at 90,493. Previous best was 29.0 at 31,166 miles.

    Oops, just noticed a 10.31 tank at 28,533 miles. Probably a typo. :-)

    I'd love a NAV - got lost yet again today going to a store I've been to at least four times before (turned too early and got stuck in a dead end industrial area). My lifetime mpg would be great if I could take away all my cruising around lost. I even checked Mapquest before I left, but forgot to print the map out.

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • craigmricraigmri Posts: 243
    Steve,

    You deserve a free Nav system for all the great work you do in these forums. You have a talent for moderating with sensitivity and tolerance.

    Kudos to you.

    Craig
    '04 Sedona EX
  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    i second this...
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,614
    Thanks, but you guys are off-topic :-)

    Steve, Host

    Moderator
    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • rgb2rgb2 Posts: 30
    First tank - 19.7 mpg with roughly 50/50 city/hwy.
    That was on whatever 87 gas I got from the dealer. Just filled up with 91 Shell - will see if it makes any difference.
  • I have a 2005 Odyssey Ex-L that now has over 1000 miles on it. We have been getting at best 15.7 miles a gallon from the start and this is not improving. My wife and I drive it gingerly and the eco light is almost always on. We are very disappointed with this dismal mileage which is far below the 20/28 claim that Honda makes. Our dealer service guy says there is nothing he can do since there are no warning lights on. From browsing the Odyssey forum it seems that this is the norm for most new Odyssey owners. If that is the case we should be compensated by Honda for their false mileage claims. The good mileage was a major reason we bought the vehicle. Rather than enlist a regular attorney it seems this would most suitably be handled by the state attorney general. The attorney general specializes in these cases where a major manufacturer makes false claims to the detriment of the public and probably would love to go after Honda. Even better, it is free (well our taxes pay for it). So if you are disappointed in your new Odyssey mileage please phone or email your state attorney general to get them on the case.
  • I have a 1999 lx 117,000 miles and a 2005 exl-dvd. Love both vans but have been disappointed with the gas mileage on the 2005. 2005 van low 16.5 MPG high 21MPG. 1999 LX Low (as best I can tell from my records) 18mpg best 28mpg life time average around 24.

    I hear all the stories about break-in period and winter driving so I compared 99 lx over 2 weeks to 2005 EXL-DVD. 1st week new van used for 440 miles of round trip commuting gas mileage 20.11 mpg 2nd week used old van (99 lx) for same 440 mile round trip commute 24.22mpg.

    That old technology really works. Off topic but new van better riding and quiet vs. 99 lx. 99 lx feels like it handles better. Be interested in comparing the road holding index on 2005 to 1999 (.74 if I remember) when the 2005 number comes out.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,459
    our '99 Quest never got mileage like steve's. Best ohighway leg was 25, but I also never drove for economy. We averaged around 14-15ish normally, but that was very local short hop driving.

    The '05 Ody gets about the same 15 local. We haven't taken a trip in the last couple of months, but coming home from Christmas (with LT 1K on it) I think we did about 23-24.

    I need to get it on a decent highway run to see what it will do know. We are almost up to 2K on the clock.

    I have my expectations set low, sinve the stop/go we do is deadly for mileage, and highway runs are ususally a combo of 75+, with hills, and some local back highways with lights.

    Some day I will take a drive south with the CC set at 67 to see what it can really do. Or not.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,459
    Honda isn't claiming anything. They are required, by law, to print 20/28 on the sticker. That's what the EPA test results were, so they had to use them!

    Hard to blame them for using the results in advertising, but they always have the YMMV disclaimer, and I'm sure they know that they will get some flack when noone can replicate the results.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • davenowdavenow Posts: 171
    Averages around 21 mpg, but with the last few snow storms 19.2 and 20.4 respectively...
    town & country driving (hills) with occational open roads. Regular low grade 86 octane.

    can't wait till spring...
  • dennisctcdennisctc Posts: 1,168
    My first two tanks were used to drive from Detroit to PA...all interstate around xmas (winter). I was getting 24MPG with 1000 miles at end of trip. Now back in Detroit with 3000 miles, I'm averaging 19 MGP in city/short trips
  • Have had the van 4 months and 3700 miles(One 1000 mile trip),and the rest city/rual driving.Overall gas mileage is 22.83,and the trip avg. was 23.75(75-80 mph). I think this is acceptable for a 4600lb lead sled with a built in head wind.
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    With winter driving, the overall average has dropped to 25.0 MPG from the 26.1 MPG it was averaging in the summer.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,447
    Anybody know why the Sienna went from EPA 27 (2004) to 26 (2005) on the highway. Did they change the gearing?
  • xfactorxfactor Posts: 78
    2005 exl-DVD. Left NY just after midnight so no traffic cruise control set at 68 same on return. Gas mileage 24.012 MPG.
  • dudleyrdudleyr Posts: 3,447
    I would expect much better for that trip at that speed. I get close to 30 mpg going that speed and my minivan is rated at 24 highway - First Gen Ody.
  • xfactorxfactor Posts: 78
    Agreed. I have kept my 1999 Lx and have made this trip many times and have done the cruise control thing at 68mph and have gotten as much as 28.5 mpg.

    So far I am disappointed with the new HO gas mileage. I would add to achieve higher gas mileage with the new HO you really have to watch your driving and avoid accelerating to fast. The 99 HO you just drive and still achieve good gas mileage.

    I am holding out hope on Steve's (Host) comment that his gas mileage went up over time.

    To round out the earlier post DVD was on as was Heat and A/C, 7 people estimated weight including luggage 900 pounds. With the 1999 LX I really never noticed a material difference to having the DVD (aftermarket) and the heat/AC on vs. not having them on. As for the weight carried I have never gone anywhere of any distance with less then 800 pounds so never developed a comparison.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    Something tells me that whether or not your DVD is on or not will have little effect on your gas mileage. Were your electric seats on? Perhaps that was affecting things....8^)
  • hansiennahansienna Posts: 2,312
    My son's 2001 Ody EX gets between 20 and 24 on trips but he does not keep accurate, long term records.
    Obviously I drive more conservatively and get 25 to 27.5 MPG on round trips in my 2002 Chrysler T&C LX with 3.3L engine.
    I think it would be easy for me to get the same 30 MPG in a 1999-2004 Odyssey on a round trip that you are getting.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I think the additional weight may have somethign to do with the gas mileage. YOu are talking 5300-5400 pounds. 24 mpg is pretty good for that weight.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,459
    Having driving the NJT and I95 route more times than I can count, I can't imagine doing it at 68 mph, even if you promised me 35 mpg! At that speed, school buses will run you off the road.

    OT, I got 16.5 mpg on the last around town tank on our '05 EX-L (up from around 15). Weather was a little better, and did a few more "excursions", which to us is going 5 miles on a local highway to a different shopping center, and a 20 mile round trip to a concert.

    We will take a vacation over easter, so it will be my first chance to check highway mpg since just after we bought it (at Xmas). I have 6 years of baseline numbers on this route with our '99 Quest, so I will really be able to tell what it can do. If I average 24 on the trip, I will be very happy.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • xfactorxfactor Posts: 78
    Heated seats were on for about an 1hr.

    In my view the diff. has to do with the engine.

    99 LX 205-210 HP 2005 - 255 HP. You can easily tell the difference in pick-up.

    Generally I have found the 99 HO's to do better on MPG than the later models as HP was bumped to 240.

    I do expect the MPG to go up somewhat when we make our annual trip to SC. Usually 6-7 straight hours of driving on cruise control all highway at 65-70 MPH before we make our 1st stop.

    Overall the van is great was just hoping the VCM would achieve MPG comparable to the 99 HO.

    "Stickguy"
    "Having driving the NJT and I95 route more times than I can count, I can't imagine doing it at 68 mph, even if you promised me 35 mpg! At that speed, school buses will run you off the road."

    I make the NY DC run at least 8-12 times a year. The traffic is horrible most of the time during the day. I grew tired of the 5-8 hour trips. For the last several years I leave around 12:00am-3:00am and take a leisurely drive down at 65-70 MPH you get there in about 4 hours. At that time there is virtually no-one on the road to run you over.

    I absolutely refuse to to leave NY at a time that will put me at the DC Virginia border after 6:00am when heading further south.
  • rorrrorr Posts: 3,630
    "Usually 6-7 straight hours of driving.....before we make our 1st stop."

    I used to be able to drive like that.....and then I got married.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,459
    I used to be able to drive like that, then I got old.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • xfactorxfactor Posts: 78
    I got married have 4 children and feel old.

    If my destination is 10 hours non-stop it turns into 13 hours. 1st 7hrs wife and children sleeping 12:00am -7:00am which leaves 3 hours driving however, 1st stop is long 2 hrs breakfast etc. etc. now wife and kids are up and odds are a different person will need to stop every 30 minutes. It takes awhile to unbuckle and buckle those car seats.

    Packing morning before hitting the sack at 3:00pm and leaving at 12:00am when kids are just drifting off is the only way I will travel.

    To keep on topic leaving this time saves alot of gas. You have to get out of the Boston Washington corridor as quickly as possible. One downside vs. leaving in day light is you lose the opportunity to really study the imperfections in the guard rails and overpasses while cruising on I95 at 20 mph.

    Done for now will post gas mileage again if it changes.
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