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I think it is possible to engineer a truck with improved MPG and not use VCM. VCM is a cop-out in my opinion. They have it on the shelf, so they are using it. Unless Honda found a way to hit 30 mpg with this truck, I will not be interested in VCM. I'm not buying the tradeoff of mechanical wear to fuel savings.

I have a 1996 Camaro that has been modified to road race. When it was stock it had a 5.7L V8 engine, 275 hp, and got 26-27 mpg on the highway with a 6 speed manual tranny. The mpg speaks to aerodynamics and factory engine tuning. No VCM.

In race form, the car has a 6.2L engine, 425hp (to the wheels), and the same aero and has a highly modified racing tune. It gets 25mpg on the highway. No VCM.

Honda can do it. They don't need VCM. And with the small numbers of RL sales expected, 1 or 2 mpg on the RL will have little to no effect on the corporate CAFE.
I'm not disputing your statement, but I'm curious as to how much your Camaro weighs. In my experience weight and number of gears have more effect on mpg than (gas) engine size, straight 6, V6 or V8.
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