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Should i be using the ECON mode here in Canada in the winter to get a better fuel economy ? I feel the fuel consumption if quite high in the city.
 

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Well, speaking generally, ECON mode will increase economy at the expense of performance (and summer climate control.)

But heavy city driving in Canada in the winter is always going to cause lousy economy; only so much you can do.
 

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From what I've been reading lately, in colder climates you might want to drive around in Sport mode. The reason, Sport mode revs the engine a little higher which helps keep the engine temperatures in the normal range which allows the engine to lean the fuel flow. If you aren't having the cold running engine issues than Econ mode might help you eek out a extra mpg or two.
 

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I have a 2017 touring and after nearly 20k mi, I found that running econ or normal made very little, if any difference in mileage or KMs. I get 38.5 miles to imp gallon or 7.2 ltrs per 100km on a 6000 mile distance. Mixed city driving and highway at 110 kph. I use normal as it is a much nicer car for get up and go. I also have it chipped (15 more horses and a much better turbo response). I also do not have oil dilution, yet.
 

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In the summer, ECON saves a little fuel by turning down AC performance.
In the winter (as well as summer), ECON dulls the throttle response.
So if you can live with more sedate acceleration, ECON will yield some benefits in terms of fuel economy just as you would by being very gentle with the throttle. It will simply curb the enthusiasm of your right foot. It's no magic.
If, like some people, you can't stand not being first out off the gate at every red light and keep mashing the throttle, ECON will do nothing for you.
Personally, when the engine is cold and it's cold outside, I turn ECON off to get heat a little faster.
Once on the highway and on the ACC, I turn it back on because I think it behaves a little better by being less jerky with the throttle.
 

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Hate Eco mode. Makes no noticeable difference in fuel consumption but it’s awful to drive with. Normal or Sport is the only way.
 

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I only tried it once for few days and never again. Fuel economy is better in mine without it and also in winter than summer probably due to the aircon

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Hi,

Should i be using the ECON mode here in Canada in the winter to get a better fuel economy ? I feel the fuel consumption if quite high in the city.
2017 Touring Owner here- I do not see any difference in Mileage- However only time I use it is if road conditions are bad- seems to get more traction .
 

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Canadian touring here. Hate ECON, used it for one tank and didn’t see it benefit my mileage at all and the performance was terrible. No dilution in my 1.5 either.
 

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The dashboard is always showing 12.4L/100 km, no matter if i drive on the highway or in the city. But I have been driving more in the city than on the highway. I just got the car 2 weeks ago (lease transfer), hence I am not sure how this car was driven by the previous owner.

Should I reset all the mileage data and then take a closer look at the fuel stats ?
 

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If 12.4 is correct, you have something wrong. Do a hand calculation to find out. With city driving, you should see nearer to 8 than what you show, UNLESS you have an extremely heavy foot. IMHO.
 

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If 12.4 is correct, you have something wrong. Do a hand calculation to find out. With city driving, you should see nearer to 8 than what you show, UNLESS you have an extremely heavy foot. IMHO.
I never floor the gas pedal, knowing AWD will consume more fuel due to its weight.
 

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I never floor the gas pedal, knowing AWD will consume more fuel due to its weight.
It's not just weight. It's drive train loss due to power distribution. But it's also very negligible on the CRV.

I floor it all the time but get great gas mileage because I pay attention to time I can save fuel. Coasting and going close to the speed limit are probably the biggest thing.

I have also been impressed on how much better gas mileage when it's warm out. Very noticeable.
 

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I floor it all the time but get great gas mileage because I pay attention to time I can save fuel. Coasting and going close to the speed limit are probably the biggest thing.

I have also been impressed on how much better gas mileage when it's warm out. Very noticeable.
I'm glad you used the word "warm", rather than "hot", as here in the desert, my mpg average per tank dropped 2-3 mpg May-Oct due to 100% A/C usage! You are right-on regarding times you can save fuel...anticipating slow downs/traffic lights, etc.
 

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I'm glad you used the word "warm", rather than "hot", as here in the desert, my mpg average per tank dropped 2-3 mpg May-Oct due to 100% A/C usage! You are right-on regarding times you can save fuel...anticipating slow downs/traffic lights, etc.
I almost never use the A/C in this vehicle unless the humidity is high and temp is over 90.

Windows and sunroof get cracked and I'm usually pretty good.
 

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The dashboard is always showing 12.4L/100 km, no matter if i drive on the highway or in the city. But I have been driving more in the city than on the highway. I just got the car 2 weeks ago (lease transfer), hence I am not sure how this car was driven by the previous owner.

Should I reset all the mileage data and then take a closer look at the fuel stats ?
Yes, 12.4 is high. Do you use the remote start a lot? If you do I would guess this is part of your problem. If I was you I would reset all the previous fuel economy information and start fresh with your driving habits. Don’t use ECON, just be sensible with your right foot. ;-)
 

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In my opinion eco mode is useless unless you are highway driving then you can see 1-2mpg increase. But you can always gain more if you control your leadfoot. I can't control mine I end up pushing down more when I press the econ button rendering useless.
 

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Yes, 12.4 is high. Do you use the remote start a lot? If you do I would guess this is part of your problem. If I was you I would reset all the previous fuel economy information and start fresh with your driving habits. Don’t use ECON, just be sensible with your right foot. ;-)
I have an LX which doesn't have remote start. I am going to reset the data before i full up the tank.
 

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I have an LX which doesn't have remote start. I am going to reset the data before i full up the tank.

Ok, let me rephrase that. Are you letting your car warm up in the mornings before you drive off and if so how long? This has a huge effect on fuel economy.
 

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I have an LX which doesn't have remote start. I am going to reset the data before i full up the tank.

Ok, let me rephrase that. Are you letting your car warm up in the mornings before you drive off and if so how long? This has a huge effect on fuel economy.
For how long should I warm the car, before driving off ? I am in Montreal.
 
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