Thanks for joining us as we either prove or disprove the EPA’s highway fuel economy test of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline MPG with our own protocol. It’s hard not to be charmed by the functionality of this truck and its Goldilocks features; it’s not too big and not too small for the average American owner to daily. If a family doesn’t need a third-row seat from the Honda Pilot then this pickup is the obvious choice. They’re built on the same platform and share a similar(if not exactly the same) 3.5-liter V-6 and 9-speed automatic, but does the Honda Ridgeline gas mileage make sense compared to its sibling crossover and rival pickup competition?
After our test, we found the Honda Ridgeline fuel economy to 28 MPG with ECON Mode on. The EPA claimed the Honda Ridgeline MPG scored 24 MPG during their test and the difference is graciously accepted by our standard. The logic behind this better result is our test of the Honda Ridgeline gas mileage only incorporates about 5% of city driving to get on and off the highway while the EPA includes around 40% of city driving in their highway number. We’re eager to see if the Honda Pilot and Honda Passport also give improved highway fuel economy numbers considering they score very similarly in the EPA’s tests to the Ridgeline. The 19.5 gallon fuel tank on the Ridgeline delivers a 540 mile range during long trips if calculated with our Ridgeline MPG result.
Watch Our Honda Ridgeline Gas Mileage Test:
How We Test the Ridgeline Fuel Economy:
Daily Motor‘s real-world highway fuel economy test of the Honda Ridgeline MPG consists of over 100 miles of consistent highway driving. We fill this truck using the “three-click method,” meaning running the gas pump on super fast flow until it clicks, waiting ten seconds, running low flow until it clicks again, waiting another ten seconds, then running low flow one last time. We use the lowest octane fuel accepted by the vehicle’s manufacturer. We then drive 50 miles on public highway in one direction and then back in the opposite direction, attempting not to draft or drive aggressively. We set the cruise control during our Honda Ridgeline fuel economy test at a GPS-indicated 73 MPH in an attempt to achieve a moving average speed of 70 MPH over the entire test. Upon return to the gas station, we refill at the same gas pump as the initial fill using the same method. Miles per gallon is determined by dividing total miles traveled by fuel consumed. In cases where our observed figure differs greatly from the vehicle’s indicated figure and/or EPA’s estimate, we may recommend a number in between or plan to retest the Honda Ridgeline gas mileage.