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Honda Pilot, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#1043 of 1186 Re: Octane and Compression [kipk]
Apr 04, 2010 (1:35 pm)
Yes. I love Honda Pilot 4WD system.. My brother have 2008 4runner 4wd. He have to press the button to activate the 4wd . It is not safe. I don't know newer 4runner 4wd are automatic. Honda 4wd system is automatic... you don't have to press any button.
my pilot mpg on the computer show 22.3 mpg 110 miles driven.. the question is. from using 2nd tank chevron 87? car is broke in ( 5600 miles), or computer learn my driven techniques?
the answer is ??
#1044 of 1186 Re: Octane and Compression [kingfans1]
Apr 05, 2010 (3:41 am)
"my pilot mpg on the computer show 22.3 mpg 110 miles driven.. the question is. from using 2nd tank chevron 87? car is broke in ( 5600 miles), or computer learn my driven techniques?"
Some people believe the modern vehicle's engine and drive train takes 10K-20K miles to "Break In" completely, and MPG will increase accordingly. Others believe the "Break In" is pretty much done by 5K miles, and MPG doesn't improve much after that.
I believe our 03 Pilot's transmission controls had the ability to learn and relearn my driving style and shift accordingly. This '09 Ridgeline seems to have a mind of it's own and do what the heck it wishes. I don't know how the newer Pilots are programed.
FWIW our Ridgeline's mileage display seems to always be 5/10ths to 7/10ths miles per gallon optimistic at fill up time. Yesterday was typical. Display showed something like 19.3 mpg for the tank. Hand calculation revealed more like 18.7 mpg. Most of the miles driven on that tank were 4-6 mile trips with cold engine starts. There was one round trip of about 65 miles that involved stopping at 10 or so traffic lights and about 40 miles of freeway driving at 60 mph. Traffic was lite and moving well.
#1045 of 1186 Re: Octane and Compression [kipk]
Apr 05, 2010 (4:06 pm)
I always beat EPA estimate with my 2006 camry v6.. I know I can do the same for the pilot.. hopefully after 1st oil change, tire psi 32, chevron 87 will achieve 22-24 mpg.
does elevation affect milage on the pilot?.. I am usually on elevation 5700 - 9000 ft.
#1046 of 1186 Re: Octane and Compression [kipk]
Apr 05, 2010 (6:03 pm)
hi kipk, I just want to let you know don't use automatic car wash.. I wash my pilot with automaic car wash. the paint came out, and you can see the chips... so no auto car wash.
#1047 of 1186 Re: Octane and Compression [kingfans1]
Apr 06, 2010 (3:53 am)
>"does elevation affect milage on the pilot?.. I am usually on elevation 5700 - 9000 ft."
Driving in extremely hilly conditions, such as in the mountains can drag down mileage., But I don't know how or if relatively flat terrain at various elevation affects mileage.
Maybe someone with such knowledge can let us know.
#1048 of 1186 Re: Octane and Compression [kipk]
Apr 06, 2010 (4:28 am)
Higher elevation means thinner oxygen and less available power. I'd assume the ECM adjusts fuel down just like when an air filter is dirty and clogged, restricting airflow. It doesn't necessarily hurt mileage so much as available power.
That said, the denser air of sea-level will be easier on the engine than more than a mile up there, and I'd expect that mileage likely suffers a bit only because you have to open the throttle more to get the same acceleration as you would at lower level.
Apr 07, 2010 (10:13 am)
I recently purchased a 2011 touring 4WD and just filled up for the first time. It worked out that I got 20.2 MPG by my calculations. Mostly highway miles and bucolic country roads. Not Bad but I am hoping to do better.
#1050 of 1186 Re: 1st Tank [mtairyordge]
Apr 08, 2010 (11:04 am)
You are getting better mileage than the first tank in our Pilot or Ridgeline.
If the 1st "Full" tank came from the dealer, it may not have been full. Your present tank will likely be better than the first, due to some of the drive train parts and pieces beginning to be a little more polished, resulting in less friction.
To keep the best track of tank to tank mileage, always fill up at the same pump. Run the pump nozzle at the slowest setting to create as little turbulence as possible, and when the handle clicks off. STOP!. Forcing extra fuel does nothing for MPG, but can cause problems with the fuel system evaporative. recovery system. (I think that's what it's called)
Back roads are excellent for breaking one in, especially if hills are involved. Hills cause the tranny to shift more often and the RPM to fluctuate. You don't want to hold a steady RPM for long periods during the first 600-1000 miles.
At 600 miles I like to "Gently" east the throttle down enough to allow 3000 RPM before shifting to 2nd and to 3rd. At 700 miles go to 3500 RPM for the 1st 2 gears. At 800 miles I find a safe place where I can ease up to 20 mph or so, then quickly push the throttle to the floor, allowing the tranny to automatically shift back to 1st gear. Hold that until the vehicle shifts to second, Then let off and drive normal. Then I usually say WOW!
#1051 of 1186 Re: 1st Tank [mtairyordge]
Apr 08, 2010 (7:00 pm)
I hope you will do better. my 2010 pilot 4wd average 20.1 mpg, about 5600 miles..
I always check the engine oil level too. it is important.
Apr 09, 2010 (6:41 pm)
How do i reset the mpg gauge on my EX-L? It stays around 15.9 whether hwy or city. Manual doesn't cover it very good, just on the touring model. I've got to be getting better than15.9. I've had the Pilot about 6 wks, mpg gauge just doesn't move at all. I've read it resets every 100mi., that can't be right since it hardly ever moves.