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Honda Ridgeline Real World MPG Numbers

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  • namakan59namakan59 Posts: 9
    Recent trip Minneapolis to Grand Forks 75-80 MPH going against the wind 95/5 HWY/City 17.5 MPG Return trip 75-80 MPH 100% HWY 19.38 Total for trip 18.24 MPG with speeds of 75-80. Total milegae on truck 3000 miles one month old.
  • sbackartsbackart Posts: 4
    I have a 2006 Ridgeline and after almost 40,000 miles my mileage has improved rather dramatically versus new. In my normal (aggressive) driving on the highway, the vehicle delivers 21.5 MPG at approximately 700 feet above sea level in 50 degree F weather. Recently I tested it over a 400 mile stretch (Minneapolis to Chicago) at roughly this elevation, 60 degree F weather, at the posted 65 MPH limit using cruise control and the truck delivered 25.2 MPG. That's TWENTY FIVE POINT TWO miles per gallon.

    For new Ridgeline owners, hang in there. A little mileage on the odometer, a steady foot, some attention to the posted speed limit, regular maintenance, and properly inflated tires should yield mileage that well exceeds that posted by the EPA.

    By the way, I do not have a roof rack, and I do have a cargo bed tonneau cover....both of which likely contribute to the above-average mileage.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 551
    A vehicle that size with the aerodynamics of a brick getting 25.2MPG. Wow. Did you have a 50MPH tail wind?
  • sbackartsbackart Posts: 4
    I have another chance to test that one today with a similar trip, albeit shorter, from Chicago to St. Louis. I rarely drive the speed limit yet if this kind of mileage results, I'll be doing a lot more of it. Generally I am into a headwind when heading southbound on I-55 in Illinois, and it will be interesting to see the resulting mileage.

    Regarding aerodynamics, not having a roof rack and covering the cargo area probably have something to do with this truck delivering somewhat better mileage than a brick. I just refilled my tank from a combination of city (90%), and Highway (10%), and the Ridgeline delivered that characteristic 15.4 MPG. Getting that mass to move from a standstill certainly requires that V6 to drink deeply...and the lower gears required certainly boost the RPMs.

    I'll post after this next round-trip...which should total about 560 miles on flat terrain. My biggest challenge will be staying in the right lane for most of the trip.

    I understand your skepticism. All I can do is report the facts...and will keep doing so.

    Thanks.
  • namakan59namakan59 Posts: 9
    I was also hauling about 500 LBs of college goods home plus 2 other passengers. I was happy getting 19.2 MPG on the way home at 75-80 MPH. I have taken other trips to Grand Forks with my wife Sonata and we will get 27-28 going to and 31-32 going home. I also drive to Chicago and find the same going to Chicago I get 2-3 MPG better than driving back to Minnepolis. In the Twin Cities I stay in the right lane and drive 55-60 on the HWY. In the suburban towns I time the lights and do slow acceleration, I hope to average 20 MPG on this next tank full 50/50 HWY/Cty. One thing I do not do is slow or impede the flow of traffic.
  • namakan59namakan59 Posts: 9
    what did you get on your trip to St louis?
  • namakan59namakan59 Posts: 9
    2 months old 4500 miles average since purchase 18.4 MPG consisting of 50/45/5 HWY/Suburban/City. Last tank 19.1 50/50 HWY/SUB. Changing the oil in the next week going to synthenic see what that brings.
  • What kind of tonneau cover do you have? Is that very heavy? Thanks!
  • What kind of tonneau cover do you have? Is that very heavy? Thanks!

    I'm still looking for the right mix of tires, tire pressure, premium gas?, etc. to get me over 20 mpg. I just got a 2006 with 19k miles and so far my MPG is 19.75, 18, 17, and 18.75. And I'm driving it very easily!
  • MetroMPGMetroMPG Posts: 2
    I borrowed my brother's Ridgeline to collect this info. Tested both pulling a trailer and without the trailer:

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    Details of the test can be found here.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    Just how far did you run this test? I read your link, but did not see this.

    Your graph indicates at 74mph you achieved 24.7mpg.

    I'm sorry, but I just don't believe this is 'real world'.

    Mine gets about 19/19.5 at speeds around this. The very best I think I've gotten on mine was about 21.5.

    My original tires indicate a max pressure of 35psi. The door tag has Honda's recommendation of 32psi. This small of an increase in tire pressure and a bed cover, in my opinion, would not increase milage by some 15% over my max milage. My milage was from fillup to fillup, which is usually 15 gallons or more.

    If what you are reporting is a steady state mileage over a level 1 mile or so - I don't see what this has to do with any real world driving.
  • eddiemeddiem Posts: 6
    The testing data documented may be true on that stretch of road, but I can tell you that "real world" driving will yield very different and varied results. I was considering the Ridgeline, but bought a Dakota. It has a digital mpg readout, and I can tell you that reaching 20, 21 or 22 mpg is relatively easy, but only on a flat stretch, without acceleration. Try this. Reset your mpg meter to zero, and take your vehicle out for a drive. If the engine is cold, and you take off from a dead start, climbing a slight hill, you may see 9, 10, 11 & 12's in the readout. It is very easy to decrease your actual mpg with something as simple as slowing down and accelerating in traffic. As mileage (on the tank, which is when I reset the display after refueling) accumulates, that has a smaller affect on the "tank mileage", but it still affects it. Reseting the display on the highway will show you your "instantaneous" mpg, not your average over that tank or over several tankfuls.
    I have 20,000 miles on my 07 4x4 3.7l / 6 spd manual Dakota Quad Cab, and I drive like an old lady, trying to maximize my mpg's. It's a game, but it is much easier to drop your mileage than it is to increase it on any given tank. FYI, my readout is about 95% accurate when compared to the fill and record mileage data method, so I know it's accurate. These numbers may only be "snapshot", not what you are going to get unless you take it out and empty a tank on a long (highway) run at conservative (less than 70 mph) speeds.
  • MetroMPGMetroMPG Posts: 2
    The figures in the graph are meant primarily to show the impact of speed VS fuel consumption.
  • sbackartsbackart Posts: 4
    My '06 Ridgeline with 60,000 miles gets about 21 MPG (US) HWY at this speed. The graph is about right for my experiences if I'm careful in acceleration. Keep in mind I have no roof rack and a tonneau cover on the bed. Tires are filled to max recommended pressure (checked and rotated regularly).

    Driven hard the Ridgeline sucks significantly more fuel. Its all in my driving habits. As some indication of my conservative driving, I still have plenty of tread left on my OEM tires and "just" had the rear brake pads replaced.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,863
    "Your graph indicates at 74mph you achieved 24.7mpg.

    I'm sorry, but I just don't believe this is 'real world'. "

    That was imperial MPG, not US MPG. The imperial gallon is larger.
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 551
    That is about 20.6 mpg to the US gallon.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    You are right. I apologize. I read the wrong entry in the data.

    And, 20.6 mpg to US gallon I would agree is an attainable figure for a steady, level 74mph (I think this was the speed in the graph.)
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    Comparing our 09 Ridgeline mileage to our 03 Pilot mileage is a little disappointing.

    I don't recall what the Pilot's window sticker EPA Mileage was, but it got way better than advertised by the time the odometer hit the 1,000 mile mark.

    Local driving, the Pilot returned 17-19 mpg. Highway mileage at 60 MPH would be 26-28 mpg depending on use of the AC. Increasing the speed to 70 would drop the mileage to the 22-24 mpg area. Again depending on use of the AC.

    Ridgeline mileage in local driving is more in the 15-16 mpg range and highway mileage is a very disappointing 22+/- at 60 mph. with the AC OFF. I expect it would drop to 20 or less at 70 mph.

    Realizing the window sticker is 15-20 and are grateful we are doing a bit better than that, I'm still in wonderment as to why it is so much worse than the Pilot.

    Weight of the 2 vehicles is virtually the same, same engine displacement, similar frontal area, both AWD, same driver, same driving techniques, same fuel at the same pumps.

    Must have something to do with the open bed at highway speeds, and transmission shifting preferences in local driving.

    Other than that we really like the Ridgeline. :)

    Kip
  • Don't forget that even though the Pilot has the same engine, it has the VCM (variable cylinder management) feature that causes the engine to only run with 3 cylinders when cruising or otherwise not under stress. I don't think the Ridgeline has this. My 2007 Pilot has gotten over 28 mpg's on a couple of different trips which is far more than it is rated.
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    As I've probably stated in this segment before, I feel since ethanol has been introduced in the gasoline in my area a couple of years ago, I feel all 3 of my vehicles has lost about 2mpg. This includes my Ridgeline.

    Ethanol is a huge failure because of its milage reductions and diversion of livestock food grain to a different purpose.
  • I have a 2008 best I've done on the HWY 23.5 @ 73 MPH on a 400 mile trip. That was getting gas @ the highway and pulling off and getting gas again. City driving around the twin cities which is about 50/50 hwy/suburban driving the top I get is 19.5 in the summer about 17.5 winter. I'm a conservative driver and I do shut my car off @ intersections when the light will stay red longer than a minute.(about 2 times a day) Pulling a boat about 13 MPG. Now when my wife drives the Ridge she gets about 14 MPG, ie jack rabbit starts and race to the red line!!
  • Mileage on my new 2009 Ridgeline has been getting better with time. I have found a new trick for increasing mileage and that is to use the cruise control as much as possible, even in the city where there is ample road to do so. Just don't do jackrabbit starts. This will kill your mileage. You've got to remember your driving a truck with big tires which increase rolling resistance.
    I have found that by setting the cruise control slightly higher than my desired speed and then, using the decelerate control bring the speed down to the desired speed. By doing this, you will see the mpg stay higher than if you just set the control at the speed you want and don't go over the\at speed first.
    I have been getting 18.5 to 19.8 in the city using this technique. My highway mileage has shown 22.7 to 23.8 consistenly at 68mph on reasonably level interstates. Keeping the vehicle at 70mpg is max for me. I notice that speeds above 70 mpg start to take a toll on mileage because of wind resistance. There is a big trade off speed vs wind impact. Another thing to remember is not to use the cruise control when the road takes a steeper climb. This causes the tranny to downshift and the engine runs faster increasing fuel consumption.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    With about 8K on the clock the mpg is getting better. Local commuting is more in the 18+/- arena. When new, it was in the 15-16 mpg range.

    Recently my wife and I took a 1 day road trip from south of Atlanta to Cherokee N. Carolina. Typical N. Georgia rolling hills most of the way with mountains the last 30 miles or so. One area was steep enough that the tranny dropped to 3rd gear. About half the trip was X-Way, 1/4 four lane roads with traffic lights, and 1/4 two lane roads with some small towns. Total trip was about 385 miles. Travel speed was posted speed limits and very little speeds over 65. Stopped to eat twice and once for a "Pit Stop". Spent about 2 hours at the destination.

    Gauge in the car said we got 24.8 mpg. Gas pump and calculator showed 25.1 mpg. Filled up at the same pump before and after the trip. Let the nozzle run on the slowest setting and removed it on the first click both times. This is the first time the gauge has shown less than the calculated mileage. Might have something to do with the constant running vs my usual traffic type driving.

    A week or so later I (alone) took a trip of about 175 total miles to north Georgia and back, but not into the mountains. There were constant rolling hills, for the entire trip. Ran the posted speed limits but not over 65 much at all. Measured the mileage going with a top speed of 62. Trip home had a top speed of 65. RL gauge showed 27.8 one way and 27.7 the other. Did not calculate at a fuel pump. Even if the gauge is optimistic by .5-.8 mpg, which is usually the case, that is still good mileage for a "brick".

    Conditions were a pleasant day and AC was not required. Cruise was used when ever possible. FWIW I firmly believe that most RL will achieve this kind of mileage under similar conditions. In my heart of hearts I believe that if I had driven 70 mph the economy would have dropped 5-7 mpg. But I would have gotten there a few minutes quicker.

    Problem with most drivers is a desire to buy cheap gas and run as fast or faster than everyone else. I buy Chevron or Shell 87 octane which have proven over and over to get better mileage than the economy fuels for us.

    Check out the links at the top of this web site. -> http://www.toptiergas.com/

    Kip
  • I bought my 2008 Ridgeline used 4 months ago with 25K miles. I now have 32K and have been getting 15.5, 12.5, 13.5, and twice I got 16.5 mpg. I drive 50% highway & 50% city/suburban. I live in Houston, Texas. I don't haul anything. I'm fairly easy on the pedal and I don't see how fast I can get to the next light. The dealer said I'm getting normal mpg. Can any body tell me if this is true?
  • To scottmpg, I had my 2006 Ridgeline for 6 months and put 10,000 miles on it. I didn't take any long trips but did a lot of short trip driving and I always stayed at 18 mpg or better. I drove it as you say you're driving. I read on one post that if we have a truck we're just pushing a brick down the road and shouldn't expect good MPG. I have had a 2005 Tundra 2wd double cab for 2 months and am bouncing between 17-18 mpg....just added a Extang bed cover and hope to see 1/2 of the 10% MPG improvement they advertised...but I'm not holding my breath. I will add new spark plugs (probably the NGK fine wire Iridium IX) next...oh and I still have to change from crude oil to my Amsoil 0w30. Maybe I will get another 1-2 mpg from these latest tweaks. Just this morning a buddy sent me this: "A good hot FORD plug is the best you can do on ANY internal combustion engine running 87 to 104 octane. All you do with a plug will be robbed by ONE under inflated tire.....im serious!!! Keep the air flowing into the engine.....run a good plug...keep the tires up....keep GOOD gas in it and its about all you can do. Slow starts and not going over 50 make an INCREDIBLE diff as well as high octane gas."

    Sounds like your Ridgeline may need some tweaking also....maybe at the dealership after you do all you can do? Good luck!

    Jimmie
  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    You are getting about what I get.

    I think I just filled up and it was 17, with a highway trip on that.

    I feel all my vehicles lost around 2mpg where 10% ethenol was required. I've seen 21mpg on one highway trip in my 2006 Ridgeline, and this was on gas without ethenol. I doubt I will ever see this milage again.

    I do drive fast, 70 or 75 depending on posted speed limit. I do try to keep air at 32pounds or more, but this truck does seem to leak or drop a lot of presssure in cold weather. I've had the low pressure warning come on twice since owning it. It comes on at 26#.
  • rcummelinrcummelin Posts: 184
    edited February 2011
    Your mileage seems low to me, but what do I know?

    We had an '08 RTS that got about 16-17 in town and 19-21 on long freeway trips at 75-80 mph.

    We traded our '08 for a new (leftover) 2010 RTL in December. It's not broken-in yet, but current mileage is 15-16 in town and 18-20 on the highway. I'm hoping it will improve after it gets a few thousand miles on it.

    I agree that ethanol added to gas kills your mileage numbers. In my experience, 10% ethanol = 10% worse mileage. Almost like paying for something that doesn't even combust in the engine--weird. We are forced to buy gas with ethanol in the winter, but can get REAL gas in the summer here in Colorado, and the mileage numbers go up when the ethanol goes away.

    On other Ridgeline forums, some owners claim to run 34-35 lbs. of air pressure in their tires to improve the mileage and it seems to work if they do lots of highway driving.
  • dboedboe Posts: 69
    Actually, 34-35 lbs is only a couple above what Honda recommends. It should not be an issue at all. Mfrs have to compromise between mpg, tire life, and ride comfort.
    I've noticed the slightest increase in ride firmness, about the only penalty driving a couple of psi over. Need more time to evaluate mileage.
    With Ford's new ecoboost engine, and the mileage/hp ratings of some others, I have to wonder the direction Honda is going. Makes me think maybe another year for the RL and then no more.
    I think there has been a slip in quality too, although over the long haul I think a Honda will always persevere. But I am concerned they are not as innovative anymore. It's great having tried and true models like Accords and Civics, but things have become pretty stale in light of the competition, including other imports. Oh well, just my rant!
    Back to the mileage, on longer trips I try to hold to 65mph even in a 70 zone. It seems as soon as the tach starts to rise the slightest bit above 2K, mpg starts heading for the toilet. Don't get me wrong, overall still love the truck.
  • kipkkipk Posts: 1,576
    Our 09 Ridgeline consistantly returns 25-27 mpg on the road at 60 mph. Depending on terrain and load. At 70 mph the mileage drops to 20 +/- mpg. Running the AC lowers those numbers by about 1 mpg.

    I agree with dboe. When the tach hits 2000 the milesge drops fast.

    Kip
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