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Anyone notice the green light glowing around the edges of the tachometer (left) and also the right side gauges on the dash? Glows green when driving and changes to white when stopped. Also changes from green and fades to white when you step on the gas while driving. I have the RTL-E so I don't know if it's on the other trim levels.
 

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Green means you are getting better mileage. White means you are under power and wasting gas
It's not wasting gas when you're passing everyone else and they can admire your new Ridgeline... :grin:
 

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Anyone notice the green light glowing around the edges of the tachometer (left) and also the right side gauges on the dash? Glows green when driving and changes to white when stopped. Also changes from green and fades to white when you step on the gas while driving. I have the RTL-E so I don't know if it's on the other trim levels.
I suggest Googling "red shift"... the truck has more power than we once thought. ;-)
 

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Anyone notice the green light glowing around the edges of the tachometer (left) and also the right side gauges on the dash? Glows green when driving and changes to white when stopped. Also changes from green and fades to white when you step on the gas while driving. I have the RTL-E so I don't know if it's on the other trim levels.
This is called the Ambient Meter. It's part of the Eco Assist System. RTL-T and above trims allow you to turn it off so that it stays white all the time if it bothers you. It works whether ECON mode is on or off. It's been a standard feature in most Honda models for several years now.

Green = fuel efficient driving
Light green = moderate acceleration/deceleration
White = aggressive acceleration/braking (or stopped)

Technically, it turns green when you're meeting or exceeding EPA fuel economy estimates for the conditions at that moment. You want it to stay green as much as possible to achieve the best fuel economy.

The description, operation, and configuration of this feature is explained in the Owner's Manual. :)
 

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Hate to dredge up an historical thread, but...

I am able to find the description and operation in the manual, but cannot find any options for configuration. What I'd really love is to turn it off. Would anyone be able and willing to assist?
 

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I feel like there was an option in the Settings menu when you go through the radio (on RTL-E or whichever models have the bigger screen), but I can't be sure. The owner's manual calls it the "Ambient Meter".
 

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It cannot be turned off or at least I have never seen the setting and did read somewhere it was not an option.
 

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If memory serves there was something similar in my 2008 Insight. Its a real time feedback system to tell you how you are driving. Essentially keeping an eye on this and keeping it as deep green as you can will teach you how to drive in order to get great MPG.

I also keep the MPG meter up on the dash board. I play it like a video game, personally.
I try and keep it "Al Gore Green" as much as possible and try and keep the MPG above 25 MPG as much as possible. This keeps me from driving this truck like a Trans Am!

Over the weekend i was enjoying 24 MPG!

Another trick i learned when driving the Hybrid is to Hypermile! If you are coming up on a red light and its red or yellow into red...no matter how far back you are take your foot off the gas! You get 0 MPG when sitting at a red light. By hypermiling the red lights you improve upon your MPG greatly. I often see folks rushing up to red lights. This makes no sense to me. Running to stand still, it seems.

All of this hypermiling and watching the MPG meters makes my ride more Dude-like! I am chilling like i got a new rug, a white russian in my hand, a trip to the cash machine while heading to the bowling lanes!
Driving like a 'Walter' kills your MPG!

Denicio The Dude
 

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I did the same over the weekend just goofing around driving the interstate like a granny up hills and then faster down them. Had it at 24mpg pulling a trailer. lol

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WoW, 24 MPG with a Trailer! NICE!

I had just filled up my 1st tank on this new truck and with that i was ready to see what i could get out of it. I just came from a 2015 Ford Edge that was getting 20 MPG at BEST!
I think long term i can get 24-26 MPG in the city driving 'green'.

Now i was not driving like a granny but i was not stomping on the gas at a changing green light either. Hills are the enemy which makes living in the Delta South a rare benefit! Memphis is flat!
 

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RTL-T and above trims allow you to turn it off so that it stays white all the time if it bothers you.
Zroger73, is there any way to turn this off in the RTL? I've seen a friend's Civic that had a "fuel efficiency backlight" option that could be toggled on and off through the information display, but I do not see this in my Ridgeline.
 
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