I have had my E since the end of March and have almost 2000 miles traveled.....I am averaging 21.5 to 23 miles per gallon.
My driving is mostly city driving. My husband and I took a road trip to Chicago and we got 22.5 to 23 on the highway.....but we were also hauling a ton of cargo (seats out and the entire back full of boxes and misc cargo)....so I am pretty happy.
There is another post on the boards about gas mileage.....and there is a fairly wide range of gas mileages.
My dealer said that you should expect to start getting better gas mileage after 2000 miles....not sure how true this is *shrug*
After getting pretty decent gas mileage (see post above) this past week (filled up tonight) I only got 19.5 miles per gallon.....I wonder if it is because I have been using my air more? I also sat in a lot of traffic this week.....hope this next tank goes back to my avg.
I've had my SOP EX AWD for 1 month and 2 days. Just rolled 2600 miles. I have a fairly long commute (Goffstown, NH to Lewiston, ME - 136 miles each way) :roll: Been doing this for 7 years (short term job! :shock: )
My first tank averaged 19 mpg. Since then, she's gone from 20.2 to my last fillup, yesterday at 24.8! That's combined highway/city.
I have no complaints! A lot better than I got in my old '95 Dodge Ram Club Cab 2WD pickup!
I have 3200miles on EX 4wd, mixed driving and average 23.4 mpg with a/c on most of the time. I use the trip odo set at 0 when I fill up. I then add 40-50 miles to the milage shown when the fuel low lite comes on. This g
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Have logged 8000 miles on my EX. Milage gradually increased through the first 5000. I've been averaging 24-26 mile which is a mix of highway and city. With my A/C running most of the time, my milage is 24. Which brings up a problem I recently confirmed with the Honda Elements.
Discovered that the air conditioning unit turns on whenever you adjust the circulating air dial to windshild. You can not turn off the A/C when the dial is on windshield, nor does the A/C button light illuminate to indicate the A/C unit is operating.
I find this unbelievable. Actually, the service manager at Groppone Honda in Concord, NH didn't believe me initially. Then one of his technicians found a service report explaining exactly what I wanted the dealership to correct.
The dealership can not correct the problem because this is a factory preset.
I'm shocked that Honda engineers thought this was a smart thing to do. So now I have to run my air contitioner all winter long.
Consumer report recently reviewed the SUVs with the best gas milage. The Element EX was listed third among small SUVs (20 mpg). Certainly a respectable rating considering the source.
My worst milage was 21 mpg. As I posted earlier, my rural driving often nets me 25-26 mpg. That's because I can go through most of a tank of gas doing 40-45 mile per hour with few stops. I strongly suspect that the areodynamics of the Element decrease MPG at highways speeds of 65-75 mph. That is when my milage goes down to 22-23 mpg.
While I'm here, has anyone had problems with tire wear? My original tires needed to be replaced at 15000. Honda service analyzed my tire alignment and determined the vehiclle was misalligned at the factory and their interval servicing failed to note it. After some little argument, they replaced the tires.
I've sinced learned that the Honda Element owned my my mail carrier has had its tires replaced twice. The first set Honda paid for 100%. The second set Honda paid for 50%. This Element is back to Honda service because the third tires are wearing rapidly.
Sounds like a major problem here. Anyone else notice tire wear problems.?