Last post on Sep 20, 2011 at 7:03 AM
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Honda Ridgeline, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
#91 of 95 Re: MPG sucks on 2008 Ridgeline [scottmpg]
Feb 10, 2011 (11:52 pm)
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#.
#92 of 95 Re: MPG sucks on 2008 Ridgeline [scottmpg]
Feb 11, 2011 (5:37 am)
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.
#93 of 95 Re: MPG sucks on 2008 Ridgeline [rcummelin]
Mar 20, 2011 (6:25 pm)
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.
#94 of 95 Speed kills mileage
Jun 25, 2011 (3:27 am)
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.
Sep 20, 2011 (7:03 am)
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