It is funny how one the most consistent 'dings' for the Ridgeline is fuel economy. Back when gas was less than 2 bucks a gallon, do you think that folks were dinging the GM, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, and Chevy trucks for fuel economy?
I read through most of the threads here on fuel economy. It seems as though everyone is getting pretty close to the advertised 16/21. Maybe a few higher and a few lower. I can't complain about fuel economy. It was in big numbers on the window when I went and looked the first week of March. Pickup trucks use gas! Buy the hybid Civic or Accord if this is real important to you!
I agree with you. Pick-ups are not primarily designed for optimal fuel economy but for optimal utility. I'm not saying that a hybrid version wouldn't be nice, but I have no complaints about my fuel economy with this truck.
I think most people expect a V-6 to get better than a V-8. The mileage on my 1st two tanks were less than my F150 which had a V-8. Glad to say my mileage has improved greatly since then to where I'm happy with it (18 to 21.7).
Cost cutting measures? Get real MSN. You can have the driver's vanity mirror and telescopic wheel and I'll take the dual stage side curtain airbags, VSM, EBF distribution ABS brakes, that come standard on EVERY Ridgeline.