And you basically described what I've been theorizing ever since I bought a 2013 Accord with a CVT. I never did end up testing it, but seeing that MPG meter always get you thinking about itIt hasn't really been practical for me to truly test this but . . .My overall MPG experience with my GenIs seems to be a bit counter intuitive. Best MPG is acheived, not with a soft foot but rather quickly reaching an efficient traveling speed. The theory goes that babying the throttle only keeps the Ridge in its less efficient state longer; it actually uses less gas to quickly get it to cruising speed.
Of course if you are expecting to have to come to a stop for traffic or at the next traffic light in a few moments then above doesn't hold true.
Obviously a different sense in perception here, the pedal is less "jumpy" in ECO mode, true, but we have not experience anything that can be described as a delay? Also, if the pedal is depressed smartly the vehicle reacts smartly and instantly.Maybe good on a highway, but urban driving I leave it off as pedal delay is dangerous
I am thinking that after putting a few more miles on our Ridgeline we can confidently say that when driving hilly/mountainous highways that ECON mode does little to nothing in saving us fuel. In fact it has become obvious when pulling our trailer that our Ridgeline does better when not in ECON mode. We do not do much city driving with the Ridgeline so we cannot comment on that aspect.We are not sure yet whether Econ mode actually saves us on fuel or not..................................
X2 on the driving style comments. When my company began using the Smith System for all our drivers (company cars, refrigerated straight trucks, and tractor trailers) we saw an increase in fuel mileage and a decrease in repair costs. People tended to be easier on the equipment. Most will say they carry it over onto their personal vehicles, too. Sorta like an Econ mode of driving without the button.I agree that the button has a psychological effect at best. Furthermore, I'll suggest that for most people, their driving style trumps the ECON button. If you are an active semi-aggressive driver, turning on ECON mode won't get you more mpgs. You're just going to push the gas pedal harder to get the engine response you desire. If you are a more passive, patient driver, you are probably already easy on the gas pedal and using ECON mode won't change your mpgs to any noticeable degree.