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Honda Odyssey, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Van
#561 of 585 Odyssey 2011 EX 11 mpg!
Apr 06, 2011 (2:00 pm)
Hi, it seems that I'm not the only one reporting poor fuel economy with the Honda Odyssey’s, I purchased this car in November 2010 and I been getting the normal dealer replied, is to new, is winter and so on, this was one of the major factor of purchasing this car, my old Nissan Quest gxe 1998 used to consume an average of 14 to 15 mpg combine and my previous 2006 Sienna le an average of 16 to 17 mpg combine and now my 2011 Odyssey ex with 2700 miles has average of 11 to 12 mpg combine.
I recently drove for over 2 hours in the highway with cruise control on at an average of 70 to 75 mph and got around of 22+ not bad but I was expecting better.
#562 of 585 Re: Odyssey 2011 EX 11 mpg! [hes3]
Apr 07, 2011 (6:15 am)
You are not alone in getting poor MPG results. We have had our 2010 Odyssey EX-L now for 12 months and ~8500 miles. Mileage sucks compared to our expectations and the MSRP window sticker. We also kept our 2002 Odyssey, and it gets better MPG than the new one.
I think Honda stretched the truth when they published their MPG results.
#563 of 585 Re: Odyssey 2011 EX 11 mpg! [hes3]
Apr 07, 2011 (7:25 am)
Sorry to hear that. I could never achieve anywhere close to what was posted on the window sticker with either of my 2 Odysseys. At first I figured it was just the way my wife was driving but when we took it on a family trip and only got ~20 mpg (19.9 to be exact) averaging 70-75 mph, it proved to me that its window sticker ratings are only achieved under the most ideal conditions. Not that I'm trying to steer people to the Sienna, but just for comparison, our 07 Sienna XLE Ltd. averages about 18 mpg in town (used to be better before the nationally mandated ethanol requirement!) and about 26-30 on the highway at those same speeds, depending on terrain. The Sienna is not rated that high, but that is what ours achieves consistently. I've heard some people complain that their Sienna's don't achieve claimed MPG as well, so I think a lot of it has to do with terrain and driving habits...however, I have not moved since owning the first Odyssey and therefore can compare both vehicles objectively. To be totally honest, I like the Odyssey better now that I've owned the Sienna for a few years, on account of it's less nerdy styling and better driving dynamics. However, the Sienna has proven much easier to live with (yawn) and less expensive to drive. If it came with the Sienna's drivetrain I'd overlook the fact that my last Ody's paint started peeling off for no reason and switch back to the Ody next time around. But for that kind of MPG's I may as well go with an SUV.
#564 of 585 Re: Odyssey 2011 EX 11 mpg! [nobo]
Apr 26, 2011 (10:29 am)
My wife recently *retired* (i.e. totaled) my 1999 Ody EX and I started driving her 2010 Ody EX. My general mixed mileage in the 99 was always between 17-19. Unfortunately, I'm seeing 14-15 now in the 2010, same driving conditions. And that's 30% highway (at 65mph) and 50% at 35-35mph with no traffic lights or stops - and with no passengers, no load, and no AC (FYI, van has about 16,000 miles on it). Wow, that's amazingly lousy.
#565 of 585 Re: Odyssey 2011 EX 11 mpg! [nedlyj]
Apr 26, 2011 (11:08 am)
Sorry to hear that. I don't get why there are so many Odyssey's out there that return SUV like MPG's but I have come to accept there is a "sweet spot" and if you drive in that range, your MPG's will be good. If you don't, they will suck. Like I said in a previous post, I wish I could option an Odyssey with the engine from the Sienna (...and the Sienna's paint). The Sienna can keep its goofy interior. There's not a perfect family car out there but I've definitely found our (07) Sienna to be the easier car to live with and noticeably less expensive at the pump, without adjusting our driving conditions or driving style vs when we had our Odyssey's. Our Sienna's worst MPG average to date is still over 18 mpg with 100% city driving with lots of stop lights and waiting for kids with engine running. Maybe the new 6AT will help the Ody's mileage to stay honest.
#566 of 585 Re: Odyssey 2011 EX 11 mpg! [gotoyota]
Apr 26, 2011 (11:49 am)
Having similiar MPGs (poor) with wife's 2010 Honda EX-L. Our 2002 Odyssey gets better than the 2010. I think Honda has found a way to fudge the MPG for the window sticker.
the 6AT is only available on the Odyssey Touring in 2011. Got to have deep pockets to afford the Touring, the rest of the Odyssey crowd gets the 5AT. Thank you Honda
Apr 26, 2011 (5:20 pm)
I've always understood the MPG on the window sticker was based upon perfect driving conditions on a closed oval and the perfect RPM, or as "gotoyota" puts it, the "sweet spot". Which for my Odyseeys ('95, '04, '09) all purchased new, has been aroung 1800 rpm or about 68 mph. Each of mine has been signifiantly heavier than the previous models. Thus, lower mileage.
Here's some things you can do to improve your mileage.
Increase the tire psi 5 pounds.
Turn off the ac going up hills and when accelerating from a stop.
Maintain steady speeds.
Don't wait 'till the last second to apply the breaks coming to a stop to name a few things which will help.
#568 of 585 Re: sticker shock [bradkansas]
Apr 27, 2011 (5:53 am)
For what it is worth I just completed a 2100-mile trip from Florida to the east coast of Canada with my 2010 Ody EX-L and I averaged just over 28 MPG (Imperial Gallon)
Most of my trip was highway speed 70-75.
However I did try something that I hadn’t tried before I put TC-W3 2 stroke motor oil in my gas (1oz per 5 gal of gas) I hadn’t tried this before as I only had 12,000 miles on my Ody.
However after reading about this on the Ody club website with a link to another forum.
I thought I would give it a try and it does seem to do what others have claimed.
#569 of 585 Re: to eastcoster
Apr 27, 2011 (8:47 am)
Interesting! Is there any concern about the oil fouling the injectors?
And, what was your highway mileage under the same conditions using the oil?
#570 of 585 Re: sticker shock [eastcoster]
Apr 27, 2011 (10:18 am)
Wow, that sounds like a crazy idea - no offense intended but I'll have to check it out if it improves MPG's. I would be very interested in the effect it has on injectors and plugs Still, if you compare your 28 imperial MPG's to US MPG's, it looks like you were getting about 22.4ish MPG's, since imperial gallons are 20% larger by volume. Correct?