Fuel Economy Ups and Downs - 2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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2016 Honda Pilot: Fuel Economy Ups and Downs

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing on July 8, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

The Fourth of July weekend is upon us, and I'm taking the opportunity to drive our 2016 Honda Pilot up to Oregon once again to see my sister-in-law in Bend and my parents on the southern coast near Gold Beach. But this is a June fuel economy update. What does a July road trip have do with anything?

Well, I left town on the afternoon of June 30th and got 344.3 miles up the road. It's what we in the industry call a "head start."

The tank of gas that got us all the way north to a hotel in Turlock, California, belongs to the June update, which is frankly the only bright spot in an otherwise inefficient month spent close to town.

How bright? I just closed out June with a new best-tank mark of 26.4 mpg, and that was the first time any of us has surpassed the Pilot's 26-mpg EPA highway rating. And it stands in stark contrast to the 12.9-mpg tank that kicked off the month four weeks ago. The polar opposite of a road trip, that tank was a result of lots of running around in town with visiting family by a staffer that lives in a particularly gridlocked part of West L.A.

I frankly don't know how he managed it, and it's no fluke because it follows on the heels of the 12.3-mpg tank that ended May. As good as my tank was, it was not enough to counteract these and other weak city tanks (14.8, 15.4) and prevent the overall average from dropping. June began at 19.5 mpg and it ended at 19.3 mpg.

But my road trip is barely underway. I have nearly 1,800 additional miles to go. I should be able to offset all of early June's city-dominated mileage by the time I get home. 

Worst Fill MPG: 12.3
Best Fill MPG: 26.4 (new!)
Average Lifetime MPG: 19.3 (5.2 gallons per 100 miles)
EPA MPG Rating: 22 Combined (19 City / 26 Highway)
Best Range: 400.6 miles
Current Odometer: 13,874 miles

 

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 13,874 miles

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