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Yes, but like I said the Ridgeline gets significnatly better economy in the same winter conditions.
I'm not discounting that. That is certainly possible. There are a lot of things at work here as far as the differences between the Ridgeline and the Ranger.

I'm just saying that in my experience the short trip, high speed, cold weather, winter mileage you are seeing is not unusual to me in my experience.





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Yes, but like I said the Ridgeline gets significnatly better economy in the same winter conditions.
You say new owner, is it broken in yet ?As Matt said above, winter blends, longer warm ups ,driving over 70 mph all will contribute. Trust me it will get better. Bret
 

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New Lariat owner here. Can't say I'm impressed with mpg at all. I have a highway segment, ~10mi at sea level, mostly flat. I reset the trip just as I enter highway. At end of 10mi this morning I got 22.7mpg. That was with the cruise set to 68mph. Granted it was cold (8F), but my Ridgeline I just traded easily got 28-30mpg all the time. And that was using a VCM muzzler to keep it in running 6cyl all the time.
How the heck does the Ranger 4cyl with 10speed tranny underperform like this compared to 6cyl 6 speed tranny?
Few things:
1) Your Ridgeline was beating expectations pretty thoroughly as 28-30 is well above the EPA highway rating, and WAY above the real-world fuelly data.
2) Don't forget that mileage does improve with break-in. Not by 5+ mpg, but it will improve.
3) Don't discount the "granted it was cold" caveat. The cold, dense air adds to aerodynamic drag.
3b) It also keeps your truck from warming up to optimal operating temperature as quickly. How warmed up is the truck on such cold mornings when you get to the highway stretch?
4) Winter blend gas has slightly less BTUs than summer blend. The difference isn't as much as most people seem to believe, but it nonetheless has an effect.
5) The vehicle with the 6cyl/6-speed is designed with different goals in mind than the one with the 4cyl/10speed. That means the 4cyl can tow more than that 6cyl, but that comes with tradeoffs.
6) All these things are additive.

Anecdotally, I do believe that the Ranger MPGs are more severely impacted by winter driving than other vehicles I have owned, including after the engine has had plenty of time to get all warmed up.
 

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Few things:
1) Your Ridgeline was beating expectations pretty thoroughly as 28-30 is well above the EPA highway rating, and WAY above the real-world fuelly data.
2) Don't forget that mileage does improve with break-in. Not by 5+ mpg, but it will improve.
3) Don't discount the "granted it was cold" caveat. The cold, dense air adds to aerodynamic drag.
3b) It also keeps your truck from warming up to optimal operating temperature as quickly. How warmed up is the truck on such cold mornings when you get to the highway stretch?
4) Winter blend gas has slightly less BTUs than summer blend. The difference isn't as much as most people seem to believe, but it nonetheless has an effect.
5) The vehicle with the 6cyl/6-speed is designed with different goals in mind than the one with the 4cyl/10speed. That means the 4cyl can tow more than that 6cyl, but that comes with tradeoffs.
6) All these things are additive.

Anecdotally, I do believe that the Ranger MPGs are more severely impacted by winter driving than other vehicles I have owned, including after the engine has had plenty of time to get all warmed up.
makes sense. Before the highway segment, I've already got 10mi, so truck is warmed up. Only 250mi on odometer. I know it will get better with some mileage.
 

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lol, I had one for 3yrs until last week. Happy with the Ranger, but didn't expect a big hit on mpg
My bad, should have picked up on that. I usually figure on getting less than advertised mpg as the estimated are under conditions that I will never experience but I do expect to get close.

Hopefully yours will improve and as noted by others I also have taken a hit with winter fuel and temps. Did just complete an 1850 mile trip and averaged 21 with a strong headwind on the return trip.
 

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makes sense. Before the highway segment, I've already got 10mi, so truck is warmed up. Only 250mi on odometer. I know it will get better with some mileage.
Only 250 miles, that's a big contributor . Give it a couple thousand miles and things will get better. Bret
 

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Ridgeline? It never came close to making my spreadsheet when I was looking for a small truck. Ranger, Taco, Colorado.
I may be misinformed, but I think the Ridgeline is a unibody vehicle. ....doesn't qualify as a truck in my mind.
Towing, payload and torque sealed the deal for me on my Ranger. If I get real bored I'll add the Ridgeline to my spreadsheet. ...not expecting to have second thoughts.
 

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Yes, but like I said the Ridgeline gets significnatly better economy in the same winter conditions.
I went from the Ranger to Ridgeline (2020) Does get excellent MPGs but its an SUV with a neat bed, and tons of room floor to ceiling behind the front seat with the seats up, as far as if it's a real truck or not I'll rob a bank and let the witnesses let the police know what they saw...................... pretty much going to be a "white pickup truck". LOL
 

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Been a while since we've had a thread derailed by a good "Ridgeline: real truck or not?" argument.

I'll get my popcorn.
OK, I stepped in it. I'll either pull, out or dig in deeper here. Attached is my spec spreadsheet I used when shopping for my Ranger. ...still no regrets on my Ranger.

But it depends on your needs. I need good towing capacity for my boat. Ranger's torque split into 10 steps covers this. In the Supercab's cabin, it's smallish me, smaller wife and our Aussie dog. Plenty 'o room. When I had the full crew my choice was different. The blunderbuss '99 Durango was our choice.

Honda is OK. Top Asian brand in my mind. ...I'm guessing the 9 spd Ridgeline tranny is the same Z-F that is in the Accord and Jeep Cherokee.
 

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8 miles at 68mph in 8* weather is not sufficient for the engine to get into closed loop operation, therefore fuel economy suffers. Not to mention winter blend fuel....

My drive to work is 10 miles, with only 1.5 of that being city. Around 7-8 miles at 70mph+, my mileage starts to show improvement. Mind you, I'm in a different climate.

Most trucks have the aerodynamics of a brick, so yeah, mpg will take a hit. But other factors include throttle input and braking.
 

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Are you all getting accurate MPG from the Truck? Mine is off by about 20%. I'm getting less than what the truck says.
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18.1 is the MPG I am getting
 

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Been a while since we've had a thread derailed by a good "Ridgeline: real truck or not?" argument.

I'll get my popcorn.
As I understand it the crux of the argument is whether or not the Ridgeline can be considered a real "man's" truck. As an example a companion brought his Ridgeline on our annual elk hunt and was both embarrassed and emasculated by the Ridgeline's inability to handle mud packed roads with deep ruts. He'll leave it in the garage next fall if he even recovers sufficiently to hunt.
So what if he got a few additional mpgs, he will never be the same.
 

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OK, I stepped in it. I'll either pull, out or dig in deeper here. Attached is my spec spreadsheet I used when shopping for my Ranger. ...still no regrets on my Ranger.

But it depends on your needs. I need good towing capacity for my boat. Ranger's torque split into 10 steps covers this. In the Supercab's cabin, it's smallish me, smaller wife and our Aussie dog. Plenty 'o room. When I had the full crew my choice was different. The blunderbuss '99 Durango was our choice.

Honda is OK. Top Asian brand in my mind. ...I'm guessing the 9 spd Ridgeline tranny is the same Z-F that is in the Accord and Jeep Cherokee.
Surprising that the Ridgeline is the heaviest when compared to Ranger, Colorado, and Tacoma.

Must be that purse storage compartment?

Harringtonday Spreadsheet.jpg
 

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