Honda Ridgeline Gas Mileage, Increased, Used

5 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Honda Ridgeline Gas Mileage, Increased, Used

Honda Ridgeline

The Secret Of The Honda Ridgeline Gas Mileage

Of all the 4WD (4 wheel drive) gasoline mid-sized light pickup trucks made available in the US, the award-winning Honda Ridgeline takes the cake. The Honda Ridgeline gas mileage is an excellent 16 mpg (miles per gallon) for city driving and 21 mpg for highway driving. The respective EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) figures for the model are 15/20.

This truck model is completely built to provide you simply one of the best mpg in its class.

Let us see below how it is completely built with that in mind, although the secret is that every aspect of it has been designed to lower its weight which directly and favorably impacts fuel economy. The admirable aspect is that Honda has been able to achieve this while still providing requisite strength where it really matters. Further, this ‘crossover’ model is the first foray of Honda into the ‘light truck segment’.

Yes, it is a compact crossover between a car and a pickup truck as it provides an American family everything it seemingly wants.

To those who crave for a family car, it is that by seating 5 adults comfortably in its legroom-spacious interiors. To those that want occasionally used not very heavy towing/hauling tasks, it is a pickup truck in the sense that it can haul a load of up to 5000 lbs. By limiting the hauling load, its weight could be minimized and this was a factor in its comparatively increased fuel economy over the Chevy Avalanche.

One of the best features that it has is the under-bed 8.5 cubic feet capacity protected trunk space that also stores the spare tire in its front side. By this endeavor (as no extra trunk space is required) it controlled vehicle weight and consequently fuel economy.

Honda Ridgeline

Moreover, its two-way opening tailgate provides easy access to the adequate six foot long ‘short’ bed and loading and unloading cargo is quite easy in it. By controlling the bed length, this Japanese truck model has been able to control vehicle weight, which in turn has a significant bearing on its fuel economy.

Its curb weight is a carefully controlled 2064 kg (4,550 lbs) with optimum body material and accessories selection. It has a ‘weight-lowering’ unit-body construction (compared to the body-on-frame construction).

We already know the role played by GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) on the fuel economy of any automobile. Its GVWR is only 2745 kg (6,050 lbs) and its payload capacity is only 705 kg (1,550 lbs). By sharing this ‘construction’ with one of its car models, Honda has successfully controlled the price of its base model to a comparatively cheap $30,000 (approximately).

This car-like pickup has completely independent suspensions on all its 4 wheels. This is also a part of the weight lowering strategy devised to ultimately boost fuel economy. The 5-speed automatic transmission and cruise control devices it has are also inclusions to maintain the excellent Honda Ridgeline gas mileage.

And we have not even talked about its 3.5 liter V6 engine that provides an excellent 255 horsepower @ 5750 rpm.

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