The Pilot’s bright green “Eco” light, which illuminates on the left side of the dashboard, alerts drivers when they’re driving in a fuel-efficient way. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley writes in his Pilot review:
“To help drivers know when they're driving in a frugal manner, the Pilot has an "Eco" light in the instrument panel that illuminates when the SUV is achieving its combined gas mileage estimate (about 19 mpg) or greater, according to assistant chief engineer Craig Brazeau.”
Previous Honda models used the Eco light to show when a cylinder deactivation feature was active to save gas, but this isn’t always the case on the Pilot. The 2009 Pilot is rated at 19 combined mpg for two-wheel-drive models and 18 combined mpg for four-wheel-drive Pilots. All Pilots use Honda’s cylinder deactivation feature, Variable Cylinder Management, that deactivates cylinders to save fuel.
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