My 2006 Honda Pilot 4WD and fuel economy

Posted By on October 4, 2010

saltcoverdhondapilot I’ve tracked nearly 200 fuel fill-ups while driving a 2006 Honda Pilot 4WD and have been wondering if the new tires have impacted my efficiency. I do know that the new Michelins have significantly better wet traction than the long lasting Goodyear Integrity tires that came on the SUV. In creating a quick chart, after downloading the raw data from Fuelly, it is difficult to see a noticeable trend.

The low dip in the middle of the chart was due to pulling a trailer.

The slightly more aggressively treaded Michelin LTX MX2 tires may have slightly lowered my 20.6 lifetime MPG. In comparing the high points on the right side of the chart, it does look as if MPG may have dropped a little more than 1 per gallon, at least for highway driving. Overall though, I’m happy with the higher priced LTX MX2 tires as the ride is smooth and quiet yet is offering better wet traction – we’ll soon see how they perform in winter weather.


  • Wait, let me run that data through my peer reviewed algorithm.

    Yep, just as I thought. I discern the fingerprint of anthropogenic climate change!

    What?! I used Michael Mann’s formulas!

    • Too funny … (thanks for testing my Disqus plug-in)

  • Impressive MPG from a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion diesel … overseas of course, but seeing the numbers has me believing that improving fuel efficiency in the US by 2025 isn’t going to be impossible.

    1,527 MILES ON ONE TANK: PASSAT BLUEMOTION SETS NEW WORLD RECORD03/10/10 from VolkswagenA Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelled by a standard production passenger car on a single tank of fuel.The attempt, carried out by a team from The Sunday Times, involved driving from Maidstone in Kent to the South of France and back. The Passat BlueMotion finally ran out of fuel close to Calais after completing a distance of 1,526.63 miles.The route mainly followed French autoroutes, but included some town driving, resulting in an average speed of just over 45 mph.Gavin Conway, for The Sunday Times, drove the Passat BlueMotion during the three-day record-breaking trip, accompanied by a navigator and video crew. Two AA patrolmen followed the entire attempt in their van to witness the journey independently for the Guinness World Records organisation, which accredited the record.Powered by a Volkswagen 1.6-litre common rail TDI engine developing 105 PS, the Passat BlueMotion used for the record attempt was a standard production model. In common with the Polo and Golf BlueMotion models, the Passat is fitted with aerodynamic modifications to the bodywork, a lower ride height, Stop/Start, programmed battery charging, longer gearing and low rolling resistance tyres. The result is a vehicle that is completely conventional to drive, service and maintain yet among the most efficient vehicles on the road today.The Passat BlueMotion’s fuel tank was drained before the record breaking journey and filled with 77.25 litres of standard forecourt diesel, resulting in an overall fuel consumption of 89.83 miles per gallon. This substantially exceeds the Passat BlueMotion’s official combined figure of 64.2 mpg. The resulting fuel cost for the journey works out at just 6.17p per mile travelled.In setting the record the Passat BlueMotion travelled a distance equivalent to driving from London to Malaga, without needing to refuel or from New York to Los Angeles with a single stop for diesel.

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