2016 Honda Pilot: City Driving During February and March Reduces Fuel Economy
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on April 11, 2016
While our 2016 Honda Pilot saw a nice mix of city and highway driving in February, a month full of stop and go traffic in March dealt a blow to overall fuel economy. After it was all said and done, our overall average dropped from 20.4 mpg at the end of January to 19.7 mpg at the end of March.
We traveled 1,755 miles in February, with two of the eight fills related to Dan's comparison post between our Pilot Elite with its nine-speed transmission and a Pilot EX with the six-speed. Over two evaluations loops that totaled 217 miles, we found the fuel consumption of the Elite and EX were nearly the same in combined driving.
Additional Pilot Elite fills during the month brought February's average down to 20.0 mpg, reducing overall fuel economy slightly from 20.4 mpg to 20.3 mpg.
March was different. Our Pilot spent most of its time in the Los Angeles area, racking up just 761 miles in the process. City-heavy traffic is especially unkind to the Pilot's fuel consumption, which hit an all-time low (12.6 mpg) during one fill-up. The month's average ended up being 14.7 mpg, which reduced overall economy to 19.7 mpg. A road trip I took to Vegas at the beginning of April should see the needle swing back the other way.
Worst Fill MPG: 12.6 mpg
Best Fill MPG: 25.8 mpg
Average Lifetime MPG: 19.7 mpg (5.1 gallons/100 miles)
EPA MPG Rating: 22 Combined (19 City/26 Highway)
Best Range: 400.6 miles
Current Odometer: 10,201 miles
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 10,201 miles