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Honda Odyssey Real World MPG

Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
This topic will be for Odyssey owners to report their actual MPG.

"Real World" Fuel Economy vs. EPA Estimates

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  • aspesisteveaspesisteve Posts: 833
    just got back from Yosemite (250 miles round trip) pulling a 1,200 lbs trailer, 4 bikes, the family and dog and got 21 miles per gallon. I drove aprox. 65 mph or less which really helps.

    The engine in the Odyssey is really tireless in carrying a load. I'm crossing my fingers the tranny is the same.
  • lfanlfan Posts: 61
    We get about 18mpg in normal driving (80% city, 20%hwy). On our vacation, 80% hwy, we get about 25mpg. The van just is not too efficient in stop and go. We use 87 octane. High octane doesn't seem to increase mileage more than 1or 2 mpg's.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 24,969
    getting about 15-17 around town (very shrot hop stuff, horrible for mileage). Just took a weekend trip from Phila. to NY (long island) and got just over 23. That includes 1/2 stop and go on the turnpike, some 65-80 cruising, and a fair amount of local on the Island (running to the beach, etc.)

    Doing another trip soon that should be mostly highway (but up into the hills). Hope to get 25ish on that one.

    For what it is and what it does, and the type of driving, about what I expect and not too bad.

    I figure I could easily get 25-27 on a straight highway run to the south, where it's mostly flatland.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • ali019ali019 Posts: 1
    Good luck Stick......I've been driving my 05 Odyssey for 9 mos now, (14,000 miles), checking the mpg since the last oil change...In 3000 miles, average is less than 18 Mpg. I live in SC, and mostly driving to Myrtle Beach and back (500 miles round trip, and can't get any flatter). I never would invested this much money to get this kind of disappointment. I feel I was very badly deceived by Honda.

    I am seeing alot of mention of terrible fuel economy in people's reviews. Seems like everybody has an "It is what it is" attitude. Can't something be done about this? Is it legal to advertise something so untrue?

    Is there anyone out there that gets what is stated? ( 20-28 for mine)
  • may0manmay0man Posts: 3
    I've had my '05 Odyssey for 2 months, have 2000 miles, probably 70%city and 30% highway. Although I didn't expect anything like the EPA, I'm only averaging 15 MPG My wife drives it most of the time taking the kids to school and getting groceries so she isn't hotrodding it, the highway trips we keep it around 65-70, We do run the AC a lot (it's hot in Texas) but can't imagine it pulling 10 MPG out of it.
  • I have an '05 EX-L, with the "intelligent" VCM V-6 engine. We picked up the vehicle at the dealer and immediately left for a vacation of about 1000 miles one way. On the trip there we averaged about 20 mpg. Not any better on the way home. I was hoping to be at 26 mpg, as the driving was nearly all highway, but that didnt happen. Has anyone experienced their mpg increasing with the age of the vehicle? Thanks.
  • i was hoping to hear from someone with the new VCM-v6. With gas approaching $3.00 per gallon I was thinking anything near the EPA rated 28 mpg for the '05 Oddy is very impressive.

    but after hearing your milege numbers I'd have to say it's very disapointing to hear you getting 20 mpg even if the engine has yet to be broken in.

    We were getting 21 in our '02 Oddy while fully loaded and pulling a 1,200 lbs trailer and the EGR valve was faulty. I'm now curious to see if our milege will improve.
  • cccompsoncccompson Posts: 2,388
    Yes, the mileage will improve over time. My Touring will get 28 on the highway IF the speed is kept at 65-70 (over that and it drops dramatically). There is no way this vehicle can ever achieve 20 in town - it is simply too heavy - though I have come close to 18 mpg.
  • I am getting 17 city and 24 interstate. That's with 4 kids and myself and some luggage with A/C. City is without luggage and on a fair amount of 45 MPH roads.

    I don't notice when the engine switches off cylinders. Is it when the ECO light comes on? I have not even read the manual. I have made an effort to avoid changing speeds quickly on the highway to hopefully eliminate the cycling back and forth. Probably a waste of effort but it keeps my mind occupied while driving. It just isn't as exciting as when I was 16!!
  • Mostly (say 70%) city. Lots of idle time with AC on (more on first tank). AC on 90% time. Regular unleaded fuel. No significant weight on the van. Highway speed 65-70, city speed 40-45. Tried to maintain same speed as much as possible. Not too bad, IMO.
  • I am doing 20% city and 80% highway and the average fuel mileage is 17 mpg. I am using Fuel Grade 89. If I use the 87, it goes down to 15.5 mpg.
  • jipsterjipster Louisville, KentuckyPosts: 5,441
    Big article in Octobers issue of CR reguarding EPA testing methods and why 90% of motorist aren't getting the mpg they expect. EPA on Honda Ody in city driving is 20mpg. Consumer Reports independent test on the Ody EX showed a city mpg of 12 mpg. A shortfall of 40%.City driving showed the highest discrepancy between claimed and actual mpg...many in the 35%-50% range.
  • inkyofokinkyofok Posts: 62
    Motorweek got 22 mpg on their standard test loop which is good. We drove to New mexico from Tulsa and back this summer. 24 mpg, family and 70 mph. Not bad really. 27 achievable but 65 only once and very flat and steady. City mileage will never be good. Simply 4500 lbs to lug around. Overall not a great disapointment.

    The 28 figure is real if you drive 60 mph, no AC and no family. Flat and steady.
  • attilauyattilauy Posts: 32
    AVERAGE MPG ON ONE WAY TRIP=24.7MPG (range=22-27)

    *SPEED=65-75MPH, cruise control on 80 % of the time
    *LOAD=4 adults (2 with 4 day vac. baggage plus 2 college bound students with enough baggage for one semester plus small refrigerator for dorm use)
    *OUTSIDE TEMPERATURE= 85-95 degree farenheit
    *AC= on all the time set at 75
    *RADIO=on most of the time plus MP3 player and FM transmitter
    *ROAD=70 % flat, 30 % hilly on the foothills of the OZARKS.( almost the entire lenght is interstate road)

    RETURN TRIP=24.8 MPG (range=22-26)

    FACTORS: almost similar as above except...

    *two students and their baggage are gone
    *radio=rarely use
    *SPEED=70-80 MPH

    1.Annoying engine/muffler loud sound at speed more than 75mph. this increases with speed. think it is inherent to the engine or muffler when the load to the engine is about its limit (though the rpm rarely goes beyond 3k) they may want to modify the muffler later (my suggestion, as i hate this kind of sound heard on soup up tiny car racing on a highway)
    2.No wind noise whatsoever heard from doors, windows ( knock on wood!).
    3.Dripping water near the tail pipe one foot from rear bumper ( saw this whenever I stopped for gas). it is like the one dripping underneath the engine compartment when using AC. Not sure why this happen. My old GC more than ten years ago did not have this.
    4. Highest mpg was 27, on almost flat I-55 bettween St. Louis and Chicago with speed set at 65mph. I think the most probable reason why the two trips have almost identical mpg (24.8 vs 24.7) was the faster speed I drove during the return trip (65-75 vs 70-80). (Apparently more load on earlier trip was not much of a factor, just my observation)
    5.The trip went well, without incident/mechanical problems.
  • My total mileage so far (1 year and 2 weeks) is 21.6. I have 16877 miles / 780.905 gallons. My 3 best mileages when putting in gas were 29.1, 28.4 and 27.1. My 3 worst were 15.8 (March), 17.6 (Dec) and 18.1 (September). I drive about 60% to 70% highway.
  • We just completed one year in July and the mileage has suffered this spring & summer. The van has about 11.5K now. I was wondering if it has something to do with reformulated gas but I am not entirely convinced of that because we should have the same experience as last summer.

    When we bought the car it had about 300 miles on it and on July trip about 200 miles we were able to get there and on a single tank --400 miles and still not reached the low fuel light. (easily over 27MPG). We did the same trip this year and we had to fill up at about 290 miles on the return about 20MPG before the low light came on.

    We noticed that we have been going to the gas stations more frequently even though our summer routine has been the same the past 2 years (kids in camps at the same locations). We barely get 250 miles mixed on city/hwy.

    I took to a Honda mechanic (not dealer) for oil change and had him check it out and he could not find anything wrong. He also researched the TSBs and did not find anything. He was wondering if we were paying more attention to the fuel economy because of the high price of gas. I gave him the same example of our two July trips as above.

    This has got me worried because fuel economy is not getting better. He changed the air filter too but nothing on the engine computer to indicate a problem. The van drives fine and accelerates as ably as the day we purchased it.
  • I live in Las Vegas, and after a week of city driving, I fetched about 12MPG on this car. AC is always on since it's summer in Las Vegas, and I loaded about 600 lbs on this car when I drive around. That 12MPG is really disappointing. Is that anyway that I get more MPG on this car?
  • Sounds like you got some good mileage. The dripping water near the tail pipe is from the Rear AC condinsor, the 05 Odyssey has a seperate condinsor in the rear for the rear AC unit.
  • I've just purchased an 06 EX/RES with the knowledge of many owners getting poor gas mileage.
    My van had only 5 miles on the odometer when I took it on a test drive. On the way home I've to tried to follow the Motoman's break in method MotomanUSA by varying the speed and loading the engine through the gears. I am thinking maybe the "ECO" mode is preventing proper break in of the Ody engine. I'm probably wrong, but the Motoman makes a good argument about the piston rings. I'm sure most new owners drive their new Ody home very gingerly, which could cause rings to not seat very well, especially with no load on three of the cylinders. I'll see what kind of gas mileage I'll be getting soon enough.
    I haven't changed out the oil, yet. The dealer told me not to change the oil until as scheduled because it has some kind of additives in it, but I'm thinking I should as Motoman recommends.
  • dlovedlove Posts: 13
    Since this appears to be a common complaint among Odyssey owners (I plan on joining the group this weekend), and it seems many feel put off by Honda for the deceptive mileage they list on their sticker, is there really an alternative?

    I look at the other minivans and it doesn't seem you would be getting much, if any, better mileage with them. So if you're in the market for a minivan, would you agree that this may unfortunately be as good as it gets or darn close?
  • I recently purchased an 06 EX-L RES with VCM in Florida and drove it home to Illinois. First tank we av. 22 mpg city and hwy. Subsequent tanks on the interstate 24mpg, 26mpg(!); than 22 when driving through Chicago. Van had 2 adults and 350 lbs cargo with ac on and 70 - 80 mph. Very happy with mileage on new engine. Drives beautifully. Keep the ECO light on.
  • Top off tank shortly after getting car. Drive on freeways and suburban shopping trips. A/C on all the time. MPG similar to '04 EX I traded in. Might want to check tire pressure on new car as all 4 tires were 3.5 PPSI underinflated. Tire pressure is the easiest item to help increase your MPGs. We are taking a trip of 3500 miles next week and will report on the open road MPG. We really like this van as it seems so much more refined in a lot of little ways. The tranny certainly seems smoother and more responsive. I"m getting to be an ECO watcher.
  • I have 11,000 miles on a 2005 Odyssey EX. I only check mileage on the highway.
    Driving 70-73mph A/C on I get 23MPG. Driving 60-65 MPH, I get 25MPG. I have done these checks several times.
    The EPA conditions for "sticker MPG" is done on a computer model set at 48MPH, level road, no wind, & no A/C. Most stickers are inflated 10-15% and some are even worse.
  • I have a 2003 with (believe it or not) 101500 miles on it. I bought it new and drive 95% or more on the freeway. I am using Mobile 1. southern California Chevron 89. If I go 60 mph and keep the A/C off, I get 27 mpg. With the seats out and the hitch removed, I get slightly over 28, which is really pretty good for a minivan. The tank holds 21 gallons topped off, and I have been able to go 550 miles on one tank. Keep in mind that extra weight (like the hitch, which is not being used most of the time), A/C, cross bars on the roof causing drag, and going over 60 reduce the efficiency. I read that most cars lose about 7% in fuel efficiency for every five mph over 60. BTW, I haven't checked the mileage without the spare...yet!
  • :mad: My '04 Odyssey gas mileage recently took a horrible turn for the worse. I used to see 23mpg in our regular driving. At my last fillup, I calculated 13 MPG! Honda dealer is giving me the runaround, since there is no check engine light, etc. It will be going in to be looked over, but I have a feeling I will be in touch with Honda and the Better Business Bureau shortly. It seems this poor mileage is not that uncommon, but I was getting decent mileage until recently, and our driving habits haven't changed. 13mpg is muscle car and Hummer territory, this is ridiculous. Even my turbo and AWD vehicle gets 20+mpg. Thanks for any input.
  • Purchased my Touring in April, broke it in for about 2200 miles. Just returned from a 6300 mile trip west through Oregon, south along the Pacific on 101 and then back east through Colo., Kansas, Missouri and then back north to Wisconsin. There was a lot of mountain driving in Idaho, Calif., and Colo. ALways drove at the speed limit +3-4MPH. Had the Airconditioner on all the time and Averaged 24.9 Miles/Gal-based on Odometer-B. Verified by my records. I attribute the good milage to constant use of the Speed control--in the mountains as well as on the plains. It does a much better job than the driver of keeping the engine from laboring unnecessarily. I am well satisfied with that milage 0ver-the-road.
  • ody05ody05 Posts: 8
    ODY-05-EX-L-RES (no Nav)

    We live in Utah.

    We have had our 05 Ody Since First day they sold in Sept 04. We have, without fail, kept every statistic in our gas spread sheet. We only fill it up each time so we can easily have the spread sheet calculate the MPG stats.

    We get 12-15 MPG in the city. and 19-24 (usually 22) on the highway (constant highway speed with 99% cruise (just start and stops not on cruise). We have taken the same (long) trips across Utah, Colorado, and Nevada several times now (approaching 20K miles) While we don't get 29MPG on highway - I can predict, now that we will get 22.3 MPG from SLC to Fort Collins. 21.8 MPG from Fort Collins to Glenwood Springs, 22.3 MPG from Glenwood Springs to St. George, and 22.1 from St. George to SLC.

    We have done this trip 3 times now in the Ody'05 First trip started at 1,600 miles, second trip started at approx 6,400 miles, and third trip started at 13,100 miles. We always stopped at the same stations and use Cruise control full time on the highway.

    Only the 100ths digit differed with each trip and basic loading was 2 adults, 2 toddlers, and 1 10 year old plus minimal suitcase for each. (no exterior cargo boxes etc.)

    So much for 20/29!!! But hey, in some laboratory taking the Dyno Wheel average of 45mph and applying some formula, hey they got me to buy it!

    The funny thing is, I own a 91 accord (311,000) and a 94 Accord (269,000) and they both get 4+ mpg over the original sticker on highway driving the exact same routes, speeds, and using cruise control.

    I think I know why it is now called "American Honda" and not just "Honda". But hey, the leather is nice and as far as the ergonomic design - we love it. Hard to remember at almost $3/gal though.

    I bought this car because I was loyal to Honda after my last two accords. Don't know what the future holds now. Lot's of wind-noise, rattles (more than my old accords already) 5 recalls so far (5 more than my last two cars put together and in only the first year) and they still can't figure out how to fix the headphones that don't always work witht he RES (although there is a tech note on it?)
  • dsrtrat2dsrtrat2 Posts: 223
    Traveled from AZ to IA and back for a total of 3200 miles. AC on 60-70% of the time and run with the traffic flow. A similar trip this past summer with my '04 EX Ody yielded 26.6 MPG. My best tankful was near 29 and the worst was just under 24. I'm hoping I can improve on the 25.5. Around home we travel mostly freeways and suburban side streets to shopping centers and such with no heavy duty stop and go areas and we have gotten around 22 MPG with the '06 closely in line with the '04's MPG around home. Somewhere in these forums someone asked why there is an off switch for the VSC. Owner's manual says to turn it off if you put on the spare tire as it is a different size from the others.
  • MPG on sticker and advertisements is from EPA, not Honda, so don't be too hard on Honda about that. The EPA's regimen for testing mpg isn't very realistic, and most people will get slightly worse mileage, though your case seems extreme. As per some of the other posters, check the tire pressure, even maybe the alignment, sticking brake pad, this can affect mileage. I know it's new and shouldn't have an alignment or brake problem, but you never know :confuse:
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