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#902 of 1186 2007 2WD Pilot EX, 11K miles
Aug 10, 2008 (4:07 pm)
Just got back from 700 + mile trip, VA and NC freeway driving. Tried setting the cruise to 70 versus my usual 75, and did not run the A/C in the AM as it was not necessary - estimate A/C on 75 % of the trip.
498 miles on one tank, took 18.38 gallons, 27.095 MPG. Best prior at 75 cruse was 24.619, A/C probably 90 % of the time.
I have been developing a "light right foot" with the aid of the green ECO light, and have been getting 18 to just above 19 on all in town short trip tanks.
Morale of this story: the ECO light helps train your foot - relaxing the pedal when going thru the gears in town gets the light on pretty quickly as the tranny gets into 5th. The engine has plenty of torque and pulls just fine in the higher gears at low speeds - lifting off slightly will get it to upshift earlier and into the ECO zone.
Love Honda engines !
#903 of 1186 Re: 2007 2WD Pilot EX, 11K miles [oldguy5]
Aug 11, 2008 (2:00 am)
Isn't it amazing, the increase in mileage just dropping the speed from 75 down to 70 !
When your "Personal" speedometer gets used to the lower speed you may want to try dropping down to 65 and see if that will help you pick up another couple of MPG.
I recon you have the 3/4/6 cylinder technology. And it takes less energy to "Push" the Pilot through the air at 65 than 70. So 65 may activate the ECO light even more.
At 70 my '03 AWD Pilot is more in the 23 mpg range, and at 65 it moves up to the 26 MPG range. You are getting 3-4 mpg better at 70 than I am. If you can do that at 65, Your 07 may very well be capable of moving into the 28-29 mpg range.
Kip (OLD GUY ALSO)
#904 of 1186 Re: 2007 2WD Pilot EX, 11K miles [kipk]
Aug 11, 2008 (7:58 am)
No, the '07 has the 3/6 VCM, which is good for 75 to 80 for ECO on a level road before it goes to 6. My understanding is that the 3/4/6 ( new on the '09's) will go up from 3 to 4 in that zone and only jump to 6 above 80 - jumping back and forth from 3 to 4 in the 75 - 85 zone as the road rises / falls - eaking out a bit more mpg. The valve / camshaft mechanism for this must be "interesting" - shutting off the fuel & ignition is trivial, but parking the valves closed on the inactive cylinders - not so simple, not to mention the balance issues. Honda engines - gotta love 'em.
VCM TECH DESCRIPTION
I wonder - do the 3/4/6 VCM engines indicate whether they are in the 3 or 4 cylinder mode ? - they should !
I'm sure 65 might give a better than linear increase - but that gets you into "single-finger-wave" territory. I'll spend some more time at 70 before I push my patience - I'm just getting used to dropping from my usual 85 in my '91 Legend Coupe on long trips to 70, but I do notice that on my typical 350 to 500 mile interstate day, the total trip time is not much longer - probably because I don't need to stop for gas.
#905 of 1186 Re: 2007 2WD Pilot EX, 11K miles [oldguy5]
Aug 13, 2008 (3:50 am)
>"I'm sure 65 might give a better than linear increase - but that gets you into "single-finger-wave" territory. I'll spend some more time at 70 before I push my patience -"
Took a near 100 mile trip yesterday. Most of it on X-way. First part was on circle around Atlanta (I-285), sometimes confused with the Atlanta International speedway. But for some reason traffic was much slower than usual and I got an urge to run the posted limit of 55. Stayed in the RH lane along with a lot of other cars. Seemed kind of slow at first, but after a while it was no problem at all. Probably because I had a lot of "Company".
After about 10 miles of that I got onto I-20. Cruise was already set to 55 so I tried that for a while. Seemed a bit slow for condition so increased speed to 60. At 60 I was being passed by most cars and some trucks, although I actually passed a few.
Increased speed to 65 and was pretty much running with the pack in the 2 RH lanes. Seems that folks might be slowing down a bit.
As far as the "1 Finger" wavers go...! If the fact that I'm in the RH lane doing at or close to the posted limit bothers them, they have other issues they need to deal with. On the road, they can use one of the other lanes.
Have you ever noticed that you can slowly overtake a car, and as you change lanes to go around them, they speed up ?
#906 of 1186 Re: 2006 EX-L AWD Pilot Mileage [kipk]
Aug 15, 2008 (9:19 am)
In April 2008 we drove from Indiana to Myrtle Beach in a 2006 Pilot AWD. The general MPG breakdown throughout the trip is as follows (and keep in mind we were loaded to the gills with baby stuff - but we were not pulling a trailer and we did not did we have a roof box ).
Indianapolis to Cincy Through Kentucky on a very windy day - 18-19 MPG average roughly 70mph in the midwest.
Eastern Tennessee and Western NC up and down the mountains on I-40 and I-26 - drag racing the 18 wheelers so my family did not get killed - 13 MPG. ( And yes that is an accurate # - I saved all the receipts and gallons used and all of that stuff. I was driving with a LEAD foot for sure ). In spite of the MPG I was very happy with the performance thru the mountains in the Somkey Mtn Rain showers.
Alas we reached the low country of South Carolina with its awesome food and 45 mph speed limits down Hwy 501 to the beach.... 22 MPG 50 MPH all the way in to the beach bumper to bumper.
Also I put on a set of Goodyear Fortera tires during the winter of 2007. Very nice tires and makes the car feel and drive much more stable in all conditions - but I am sure I am losing at least 1 MPG to the tires because they in fact do stick to the road. The Goodyear Integrity tires that came on it from Honda were a disappointment to say it nicely.
All in all I love this car and I am leasing it now - but I may buy it off of the lease in spite of gas prices because I have a short commute to work. It is a great vehicle for kid hauling, dog hauling, house projects, etc...
Hope that helps....
#907 of 1186 2008 AWD Mileage in Iowa
Aug 21, 2008 (12:33 pm)
We have an '08 VP with just over 6,000 miles on it and we are somewhat pleased with the gas mileage. It is sitting right at roughly 15 city and 20 highway. Our commutes are usually only 10 to 20 miles a day in the city. When we do take it on a road trip it will be on flat I-80 for about 400 miles round trip.
I recently got a Scangauge as a present and have been trying to get it calibrated correctly. Then I will be able to post better measures than the typical fill up, document mileage, drive, fill up, document mileage, and repeat. Although that is a good measure, it is by no means perfect.
I was afraid at first from the high shift points as well. I have found that "dealing" with it and lightening my foot before shifting has helped. I don't like to have to deal with a new car feature, but I've gotten used to it. I do love the vehicle and it is serving us well. Good luck everyone!
#908 of 1186 2008 Honda Pilot First Tank MPG
Sep 09, 2008 (5:25 pm)
I was reluctant to check fuel mileage on my recently purchased 2008 Pilot 2wd EX-L for the first tank, especially considering the uncertainty of how full the tank was when leaving the dealership. I drove 375.5 miles on 18.65 gallons, achieving just over 20.1 mpg on about a 40/60 city/hwy combination. I am very pleased with this. Also, I filled the tank very full this evening, likely much more full than the tank was when I left the dealership. I look forward to many years of driving my Pilot and will post an update when it is broken in a little more.
#909 of 1186 2007 Pilot EXL 2wd
Sep 25, 2008 (5:51 pm)
Regularly getting 20mpg, if driving normal 17mpg spirited driving . On a trip I have gotten 23mpg avg 73mpg.
#910 of 1186 2008 VP MPG update at 9500 miles
Sep 25, 2008 (7:30 pm)
a recent trip of about 740 miles with the following factors:
- minimum cruising speed of 75 mph but usually about 80 mph and max burst of about 90 mph
- six passengers with total weight of about 850 lbs plus week end baggages and stuff full cooler
- cold tire pressure at 36 psi
- A/C on 100% of the way at about 3/4 of max temp & medium blower
result: 22 mpg
#911 of 1186 2009 EX-L MPG 2wd
Oct 21, 2008 (9:48 am)
Have a little over 5k miles on my Pilot.
With 80% city and 20% highway driving the my Pilot is averaging 18MPG. This includes a lot of idle time waiting in a carpool line. So far very pleased given the size of the car, function, and utility.