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2012 Honda Ridgeline: 15/21 mpg
if you're going to sell a unibody pickup with a V-6 on the basis of fuel economy, then you've got to do better than 15/20 mpg.
Only competitive when it was brand-new, the Honda Ridgeline has fallen behind the best-in-class pickups for gas mileage.
Because it's a Honda, and because it's a not-quite-full-size, V-6 truck, you might think the Ridgeline should be better at fuel economy. This year, the EPA rates the Ridgeline at 15/21 mpg, a boost of one mile per gallon on the highway, which Honda credits to improvements in the drivetrain. Still, those numbers are only slightly better than the basic V-8-powered Chevy Silverado, and a few figures shy of the latest Ford F-150 V-6, which is rated at 17/23 mpg.
Honda hasn't said whether it will offer a hybrid or diesel Ridgeline--but has indicated it's committed to selling the Ridgeline at least through the 2012 model year.
Honda doesn't have a lock on gas mileage, as the Ridgeline's mediocre numbers suggest.