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I just bought this two weeks ago and only getting around 18.5 mpg not the 21 mpg
that I've heard and read about.

I don't drive like a crazy person so I'm not jumping on the gas pedal. I live in the
suburbs so I'm on the freeway and side roads a lot.

Note, I'm not using the econo mode to save gas because I can't stand
the slow response of the vehicle nor am I using sport mode which is kinda
fun though.

I do have the 18" wheels on the sport edition and I think the RTL doesn't come
with that but a smaller wheel because I almost bought the RTL version. So
what I heard that the larger wheels can decrease the MPG.

Anyone else experiencing the same?
 

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All the GenII's come with 18" diameter wheels and the same tire size.

Many things impact fuel economy and your results seem right in the norm. As the weather gets colder fuel economy will decrease. Short trips and or stop and go driving will kill gas mileage as well.
Are you taking frequent short trips?
Is it getting cold where you are from?
Are you stopping and going a lot in your daily driving?
Has your area switched over to winter fuel blends?
It is possible that your drivetrain will improve in efficiency somewhat as it breaks in.
Also, not to burst your bubble but the trip computer exaggerates fuel economy between 6 and 10% so you may actually be getting worse mileage than you think. Hand calculate your mileage and keep track of the results.
 

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Note, I'm not using the econo mode to save gas because I can't stand the slow response of the vehicle nor am I using sport mode which is kinda fun though.
So first off, by not using ECON mode you're already decreasing your MPG especially on highway/interstate driving, and secondly, there's no sport mode -- just ECON off.

18.5MPG sounds reasonable but there are tons of factors that go into MPG. I'm at 18.6MPG and it's city driving, but it's also city driving on long stretches so not a lot of stop and go. If I hop on the interstate and set ECON mode and cruise at 74 or under, I'll get 24-26
 

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So first off, by not using ECON mode you're already decreasing your MPG especially on highway/interstate driving, and secondly, there's no sport mode -- just ECON off.

18.5MPG sounds reasonable but there are tons of factors that go into MPG. I'm at 18.6MPG and it's city driving, but it's also city driving on long stretches so not a lot of stop and go. If I hop on the interstate and set ECON mode and cruise at 74 or under, I'll get 24-26
OP has a ‘20. There IS a sport mode...
 

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So first off, by not using ECON mode you're already decreasing your MPG especially on highway/interstate driving, and secondly, there's no sport mode -- just ECON off.

18.5MPG sounds reasonable but there are tons of factors that go into MPG. I'm at 18.6MPG and it's city driving, but it's also city driving on long stretches so not a lot of stop and go. If I hop on the interstate and set ECON mode and cruise at 74 or under, I'll get 24-26
Thanks for the reply. I'll have to try econ mode on the freeway but can't stand the lagging on the suburbs stop and go. If there is no sport mode again I have 2020 version then what is the S in the D/S button? If I press the D/S, twice it shifts to S mode and is even quicker. What year do you have?
 

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All the GenII's come with 18" diameter wheels and the same tire size.

Many things impact fuel economy and your results seem right in the norm. As the weather gets colder fuel economy will decrease. Short trips and or stop and go driving will kill gas mileage as well.
Are you taking frequent short trips?
Is it getting cold where you are from?
Are you stopping and going a lot in your daily driving?
Has your area switched over to winter fuel blends?
It is possible that your drivetrain will improve in efficiency somewhat as it breaks in.
Also, not to burst your bubble but the trip computer exaggerates fuel economy between 6 and 10% so you may actually be getting worse mileage than you think. Hand calculate your mileage and keep track of the results.
I'm in Oregon so temp right now is mild 45 low high about 70. Not real short trips freeway and suburban driving. I'll have to do a manual check on the MPG. Thanks for the reply.
 

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Break-in may affect mileage when new. I've had a few new vehicles and I always track fuel economy. It can take 5-10k miles before they settle in. I know the Tacoma I just traded has a 'learning' period for the transmission. Perhaps the Ridgeline has something similar?

Anyway, I wouldn't expect to get the best fuel economy right when the vehicle is new... and I'd also mention that the biggest factor in fuel economy is the nut behind the wheel.
 

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Break-in may affect mileage when new. I've had a few new vehicles and I always track fuel economy. It can take 5-10k miles before they settle in. I know the Tacoma I just traded has a 'learning' period for the transmission. Perhaps the Ridgeline has something similar?

Anyway, I wouldn't expect to get the best fuel economy right when the vehicle is new... and I'd also mention that the biggest factor in fuel economy is the nut behind the wheel.
Heheh! That was my uncle's favorite saying when it came to supposed issues with other people's cars.

"It's probably just the nut behind the wheel that needs adjusting!"
 

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In addtion to what others have said, how about the air in your tires? When my Odyssey is 1.5 or 2 MPG off, I go straight to the tires. Check it, and sure enough, it's off 3-5 PSI.

If your RL came off the showroom 2 weeks ago, they did really add enough air in the tires? Yes, I know they PDI. Most of them just slack TBH. As long as it's clean and shinny, everyone is happy.
 

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I just bought this two weeks ago and only getting around 18.5 mpg not the 21 mpg
that I've heard and read about.

I don't drive like a crazy person so I'm not jumping on the gas pedal. I live in the
suburbs so I'm on the freeway and side roads a lot.

Note, I'm not using the econo mode to save gas because I can't stand
the slow response of the vehicle nor am I using sport mode which is kinda
fun though.

I do have the 18" wheels on the sport edition and I think the RTL doesn't come
with that but a smaller wheel because I almost bought the RTL version. So
what I heard that the larger wheels can decrease the MPG.

Anyone else experiencing the same?
I just bought this two weeks ago and only getting around 18.5 mpg not the 21 mpg
that I've heard and read about.

I don't drive like a crazy person so I'm not jumping on the gas pedal. I live in the
suburbs so I'm on the freeway and side roads a lot.

Note, I'm not using the econo mode to save gas because I can't stand
the slow response of the vehicle nor am I using sport mode which is kinda
fun though.

I do have the 18" wheels on the sport edition and I think the RTL doesn't come
with that but a smaller wheel because I almost bought the RTL version. So
what I heard that the larger wheels can decrease the MPG.

Anyone else experiencing the same?
My 2020 Ridge RTL-E is one month old today. I have spent a lot of time in it and I have about 3,100 miles on it right now. My last road trip was to El Paso and back. I carefully watched mileage for future benchmarking. I kept tires at 37 psi cold. I drove the speed limit 90% of the time, and only passed by accelerating if it kept me from following a vehicle going way to slow. The trip computer showed a consistent 24.7. When I checked the tank it came out to 24. I am not sure which one to go with because I only overfilled the tank once - which to my mind is the only way to know if the tank is completely full. 99% of this driving in this experiment is highway/freeway. On the way back from El Paso I had approximately 400 lbs. I did notice a big difference, mainly because the only time I stopped (except once) was to fill up.

I have not had a tank that is only city driving.

Hope that helps.
 

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Do not fret. Here is my 14k mile + Fuelly screen. 74% is city/suburban. 18.6 mpg overall. No ECON. No auto stop start (module to deactivate at start up).

I have been told I have a heavy foot. Still, this is approx 1 mpg better than my 2017 with the 6 speed in same condition driving.

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Here is an update guys. I lately had the Econ mode on 80% of the time and I'm driving suburban areas with some freeway driving. Can't believe the MPG on the dash said I'm getting 15.8 MPG and manually checking it's even lower at 15.4 MPG! Note, I'm not gunning the pedal and letting off the gas early before a stop coming up.

Note, I do carry some of my tools which probably weighs a couple hundred pounds typically and I weigh only 175 lb so I'm not carry a heavy load.

Very disappointing not even close to the overall of 21 MPG that it's suppose to be getting!

I only have 1700 miles on it so maybe there is a break in period. So I hope it will greatly improve.
 

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Do not fret. Here is my 14k mile + Fuelly screen. 74% is city/suburban. 18.6 mpg overall. No ECON. No auto stop start (module to deactivate at start up).

I have been told I have a heavy foot. Still, this is approx 1 mpg better than my 2017 with the 6 speed in same condition driving.

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Did you get very low MPG when it was new? As I mentioned below I'm only getting around 15.4 MPG suburban and freeway driving? And I only have 1700 miles on it. And that was with econo mode on 80% of the time.
 

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Here is an update guys. I lately had the Econ mode on 80% of the time and I'm driving suburban areas with some freeway driving. Can't believe the MPG on the dash said I'm getting 15.8 MPG and manually checking it's even lower at 15.4 MPG! Note, I'm not gunning the pedal and letting off the gas early before a stop coming up.

Note, I do carry some of my tools which probably weighs a couple hundred pounds typically and I weigh only 175 lb so I'm not carry a heavy load.

Very disappointing not even close to the overall of 21 MPG that it's suppose to be getting!

I only have 1700 miles on it so maybe there is a break in period. So I hope it will greatly improve.
I'm noticing a huge difference in MPGs between my 2017 and 2020 but the 2020 is slowly getting better, so I believe there may be a break in period that I don't think I've completely crossed yet.

Because there are too many factors I don't know what the reasons) are.
The obvious is a different transition and Honda predicts a loss of 1 MPG or so on highway, which is where I normally would need a gain not a loss. But due to Covid, I now work from home and no longer drive over 100 miles a day, highway.
So not only am I not breaking it in quickly, I'm driving it completely different; now it may sit for a couple of days and only go to the store less then 5 miles one way.
And when it comes to short local bursts of driving. There are so many factors that don't get minimized and offset by long nonstop interstate runs: traffic, sitting at lights, idling time, slow moving texting idiots that you get stuck behind, the constant starting and stopping ..

Anyway, my driving style and habits are very different and I think that is coming into play more so than the transmission but I don't want to rule out anything at this point.
Bottom line I'm not seeing the estimated MPG yet either but I'm getting closer.
 

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Did you get very low MPG when it was new? As I mentioned below I'm only getting around 15.4 MPG suburban and freeway driving? And I only have 1700 miles on it. And that was with econo mode on 80% of the time.
I would say the break in period on my 2020 G2 seemed slightly longer than my 2017. Until the first oil change at about 5,800 miles, my mileage was a little lower but still in the 17 mpg range. I also burned about 1/2 quart of oil where as on my 2017, I don't remember ever adding oil.

Your 15.4 mpg does seem really low and hard to achieve (even in the dead of winter in Western NY, I think 16 mpg is about my worst tank). I'm doing deliveries with mine as well and as noted, no ECON and no stop/start (auto disable switched).
 

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I would say the break in period on my 2020 G2 seemed slightly longer than my 2017. Until the first oil change at about 5,800 miles, my mileage was a little lower but still in the 17 mpg range. I also burned about 1/2 quart of oil where as on my 2017, I don't remember ever adding oil.

Your 15.4 mpg does seem really low and hard to achieve (even in the dead of winter in Western NY, I think 16 mpg is about my worst tank). I'm doing deliveries with mine as well and as noted, no ECON and no stop/start (auto disable switched).
Yes it's even lower than my 2011 RL and I'm in Oregon and the winter isn't all that bad. So I'll give it more time for the break in period and than re-calibrate. Thanks for the reply!
 

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I wouldn't be concerned with 18.5mpg of mixed driving in a new car that was rated for 21mpg combined. 1-2mpg difference from the EPA rating is pretty common. Its hard for them to do a test that duplicates every situation a car may be used in. The factors that affect mileage are many, ambient air temperature, humidity, wind, road surface, fuel blend, etc. Honestly the biggest influence is the driver. You may not think you are an aggressive driver but you only have to be slightly more aggressive than the driver was during the test and you probably are, its not that hard to be.
My new RLT-E shows 20.6 on the dash after one week of commuting in fairly heavy Seattle traffic. When calculated by hand it was actually 19.1mpg. The odometer was only at 434 miles when I calculated that. I used econ one day and it I cant say it made the dash mpg move more than I would expect it to move on a day-to-day basis, not that that is a really good test. From all I have read about econ modes and the start-stop functions they seem to be put into new cars just to appease some government program standards and not because they produce any real-world results.
All this being said if I got more than a couple weeks of mileage in the 15mpg range I would be concerned. The truck is still new and maybe yours is being unusually difficult to break in. With no other discernible performance problems I would probably just keep driving until another symptom pops up. Keep good track of your mileage AND your fluid levels. If your fluid levels change down or UP, which can happen, for any reason take it in.
 
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