Yay you're getting over 30 as well. Congrats. I'm not the only one with a FrankenMDX. You have the AWD and mine is FWD. That's a few pounds more for that feature. Does yours have a full sized spare. Mine doesn't. Mine doesn't even come with a jack. I wanted to remove the second row seats since it's only wife and I that travels. But removing it is a hassle. I used to remove the spare and 2nd row seats on my old CRV to cut back on weight.I was able to get 30.3 mpg on a 248 mile segment last summer with my 20 Advance Non Hybrid AWD. It only had 600 miles on it when I started, so essentially just broken in.
Getting over 30 mpg with the 3rd gen MDX is possible when the conditions are right.
Few hills, very little variance in speed, no or little wind, warm temps (look at outside temp gauge), 2 extra psi in tires, summer blend fuel, only two passengers in the vehicle with 2 suitcase. Mostly interstate at 70-75 mph. Hand calculated when I filled up at 301 miles and it came out at 29.8 mpg (so the onboard calculator seems pretty accurate). Lost some mpg the last 50 miles cause we ran into stop n go traffic for a few miles.
The low final gear ratio of the ZF9 tranny (75 mpg is approx.1750 rpms), along with VCM make this possible.
Will be making a 900 mile trip later in June. Anxious to see what she gets now that it has 8400 miles on it.
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