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I bought a 2011 EX-L last month. Today we went on a mini road trip from Chattanooga, TN to Asheville, NC. I was amazed at the real-world gas mileage. I averaged 28.3 mpg on the 232 mile trip, as you can see in the attached picture. Most of the trip, cruise control was set to 69-70 mph. This was not a downhill trip; Chattanooga's elevation is around 650 feet, while Asheville's is around 2000 feet. I found the mpg pleasantly surprising, as the EX-L is rated at 27 mpg on the highway (whereas the Tourings with their 6-speeds are rated at 28 mpg). Have other 5-speed owners been seeing similar mileage? And are Touring owners still seeing an additional 1 mpg boost, in the 29.3 mpg range?
 

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Our Touring: 27.3 doing a mix of hwy, back roads and a little stop-and-go. I'm confident, if all hwy, we could push that another one mpg +. Especially if I drive, not my wife ;-)
In any case, congrats on the gas mileage; For a 4400 lb vehicle, that's pretty good in anybody's book. Seems Honda made good on this one.
Off topic: The testing I did between EX and Touring I noticed the extra gearing (Touring) made it feel quicker at low speeds. Whether that is real or my imagination is the question.
 

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Cruise control is KEY to great mileage. When I drive to my folks place (15 freeway miles, 3 local miles) I try to drive as gently with the accelerator as possible, I typically average 24mpg. When I use cruise control for the same trip, I consistently average 2-3 mpg better. What I do is if there is a slight incline, I will lower the cruise control speed and when there is a decline, I will raise it back up in attempt to keep it on Eco mode as much as possible. On local drives, I get about 15mpg.
 

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We used to have a nice/simple thread to discuss this until trolls managed to lock it :( but yes, highway MPG is awesome. It will be difficult to match your exact road/driving conditions but in general I've seen that a high-end highway MPG is easy to achieve with CC. Wife also uses CC in the city when possible, and see the numbers (trip A). Me, not at all (see trip B, where I drove most of the time). She can achieve almost 1-2 MPG more than me in general...

Anyway, here is the old thread, it has some good replies just to give you an idea:

http://www.odyclub.com/forums/54-20...orld-fuel-economy-consumption-numbers-14.html

 

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I actually averaged 29 mpg on the way home (Asheville, NC --> Chattanooga, TN). There was an elevation drop of about 1,400 feet on this 215 mile journey (6.5 feet per mile). I'm quite surprised. I imagined the "27 mpg highway" estimate was a highball estimate, and that real world performance would be worse. Not too often in this world you get more than you thought you were paying for.
 

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Wow, I'll have to back off a little and see what I can do. Last summer on the 10% eth gas we get all over these days, on 100 degree days going cross country from TX to VA, driving very gently on the throttle but going 70-79 and only getting off the super slabs for fuel and bathrooms I manually calc'd my MPG on the whole trip and never got over 23. But it was HOT and AC was cranked up the whole way, and I had 4 plus luggage, tires aired up michelin's OEM. Since then I have gotten 18" with "eco" tires and put in Mobil 1 so I'll hope for better MPG on my trip to Disney this summer.
 

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My personal record best is 32.0mpg, NY to Boston. Calculated by hand, not the computer. Cruise control as much as possible at around 65mph on the Touring elite with 5 people and luggage. We recently did a 1,000+ mile road trip and got 27.0mpg average, still impressive for the size/weight.
 

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We used to have a nice/simple thread to discuss this until trolls managed to lock it :( but yes, highway MPG is awesome. It will be difficult to match your exact road/driving conditions but in general I've seen that a high-end highway MPG is easy to achieve with CC. Wife also uses CC in the city when possible, and see the numbers (trip A). Me, not at all (see trip B, where I drove most of the time). She can achieve almost 1-2 MPG more than me in general...

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I would say highway miles per gallon is impressive as it has on my previous Oddy's.. but in town, not so good. I can get 27 to 32 mpg on highway, but only 15 to 17 in town..
 

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Our Touring: 27.3 doing a mix of hwy, back roads and a little stop-and-go. I'm confident, if all hwy, we could push that another one mpg +. Especially if I drive, not my wife ;-)
In any case, congrats on the gas mileage; For a 4400 lb vehicle, that's pretty good in anybody's book. Seems Honda made good on this one.
Off topic: The testing I did between EX and Touring I noticed the extra gearing (Touring) made it feel quicker at low speeds. Whether that is real or my imagination is the question.
Not your imagination, the touring is slightly quicker at all speeds than the other Oddy's, it's 6 spd auto has better gear ratios. I think the magazine testing got about 1/2 to 3/4 of a second faster 0-60mph with the 6 speed.
 

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Wow, I'll have to back off a little and see what I can do. Last summer on the 10% eth gas we get all over these days, on 100 degree days going cross country from TX to VA, driving very gently on the throttle but going 70-79 and only getting off the super slabs for fuel and bathrooms I manually calc'd my MPG on the whole trip and never got over 23. But it was HOT and AC was cranked up the whole way, and I had 4 plus luggage, tires aired up michelin's OEM. Since then I have gotten 18" with "eco" tires and put in Mobil 1 so I'll hope for better MPG on my trip to Disney this summer.
Many people forgot these types of factors with mpg's. Sometimes I'm disappointed in our city mpg, but I know there have times that I drive it more aggresively than others (late for church, appt, etc.) and the mpg takes a nose dive. Then my wife gets the mpg's back up with her driving style. ;) I'm not expecting to get 30 mpgs on the highway when we travel this summer because we will be loaded to the max with 2 adults, 3 kids, and packed to the gills with suitcases, books, snacks, etc. We usually got 24-25 when we traveled with the 2003 Ody on the highway (sometimes we would get an occasional 23 for a low or a 26 for a high) so I'm expected 27-28. I'm going to try to keep the cruise set at 70-72 the whole trip when the speed limit allows it.

People need to consider all factors when calculating mpgs: temps, loads, wind speeds, driving styles, land topography, fuel (different gas stations' fuels can affect it), etc.
 

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Yesterday, 150 miles each way, rolling hills, but no steep climbs. Temps between 90-94 degrees F. Had the cruise set to 70 MPH most of the way, but saw upwards of 80 MPH a few times. A/C on Auto. About 45 mins of city driving. I got an indicated 28 MPG in my EX-L. Average speed in the trip computer said 64 MPH. Hand calculated mileage came out to 27.4 MPG.

Not my best tank, though! I had one that was indicating 29.9 MPG but came out to 29.1 by hand calc.

If I can find a photo host, will post a screenshot of the trip computer like Bigboat did above.
 

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Many people forgot these types of factors with mpg's. Sometimes I'm disappointed in our city mpg, but I know there have times that I drive it more aggresively than others (late for church, appt, etc.) and the mpg takes a nose dive. Then my wife gets the mpg's back up with her driving style. ;) I'm not expecting to get 30 mpgs on the highway when we travel this summer because we will be loaded to the max with 2 adults, 3 kids, and packed to the gills with suitcases, books, snacks, etc. We usually got 24-25 when we traveled with the 2003 Ody on the highway (sometimes we would get an occasional 23 for a low or a 26 for a high) so I'm expected 27-28. I'm going to try to keep the cruise set at 70-72 the whole trip when the speed limit allows it.

People need to consider all factors when calculating mpgs: temps, loads, wind speeds, driving styles, land topography, fuel (different gas stations' fuels can affect it), etc.
Agreed. Driving habits and style, all factors make a big diff. My record was 28mpg highway in the 2003 Oddy we had over a 400 mile highway trip. Where as the 2011 I got 32mpg on similar trip, which is about right based on the EPA numbers increase from 2003 to 2011.
 

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We started with 515 miles on the odometer, drove from Dallas to Hershey, PA, spent the day, drove to Greenwood Lake, NY, spent 10 days, then drove back to Dallas, ending with 4186 miles on the odometer. Over the 3671 miles we drove, mostly highway, but quite a bit of "city" driving, we averaged 24.3mpg as per the trip computer, and confirmed by careful record keeping in the Road Trip app I use. The best single tank I got, calculated by Road Trip, was 27.5mpg. This was with an average speed of 69 as shown on the Odyssey's trip computer.

Our van was loaded with about 600lbs of people (2 adults, 4 kids), and around 100lbs (best guess) of luggage. Our route to New England took us straight up the Appalachian Mountains.

I'm positive others would have better results. I don't drive with mileage in mind.
 

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I bought a 2011 EX-L last month. Today we went on a mini road trip from Chattanooga, TN to Asheville, NC. I was amazed at the real-world gas mileage. I averaged 28.3 mpg on the 232 mile trip, as you can see in the attached picture. Most of the trip, cruise control was set to 69-70 mph. This was not a downhill trip; Chattanooga's elevation is around 650 feet, while Asheville's is around 2000 feet. I found the mpg pleasantly surprising, as the EX-L is rated at 27 mpg on the highway (whereas the Tourings with their 6-speeds are rated at 28 mpg). Have other 5-speed owners been seeing similar mileage? And are Touring owners still seeing an additional 1 mpg boost, in the 29.3 mpg range?

I have a 2011 touring as well and don't recall seeing that screen anywhere in the menus. How did you get to it?


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I have a 2011 touring as well and don't recall seeing that screen anywhere in the menus. How did you get to it?


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That's the trip calculator screen. Press the "display" button on the center console, and then choose "trip calculator" from the menu that pops up.
 

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I have a 2011 touring as well and don't recall seeing that screen anywhere in the menus. How did you get to it?
That's the trip calculator screen. Press the "display" button on the center console, and then choose "trip calculator" from the menu that pops up.
The EX-L Trip Computer (and EX Canadian) is a little bit different to the Touring one, so richpor you can check your navigation manual (page 79) for more info. I.e. The Tourings don't have a "Display" button, but you have an "Info" one. Same principle though
 

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The EX-L Trip Computer (and EX Canadian) is a little bit different to the Touring one, so richpor you can check your navigation manual (page 79) for more info. I.e. The Tourings don't have a "Display" button, but you have an "Info" one. Same principle though
Thx!
 
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