So today, I begin my lengthy drive from the outskirts of suburban Detroit, Michigan to Denver, Colorado, and back. Why? Because I’ve got a 2014 Cruze Diesel, and it’s time to put its estimated highway mileage range of 700 miles to the test. I’ll be periodically updating my status here, along with my Twitter and Instagram pages. Want to keep up? Follow me at @MotorCityGreek for both. Hopefully I don’t get kidnapped at an Iowa truck stop…
Stopping in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The car is currently achieving an astounding average of 57.1 miles per gallon. Driving conditions included light traffic, all on Interstate 94, and a maintained cruising speed of 65 miles per hour. Morale is high.
Mileage dipped a bit through Chicago traffic to 54.4 miles per gallon over 339 miles of driving. Regardless, the car is still on track to beat the 700 mile range estimate. Cruising speed remains 65 miles per hour.
IOWA IS BORING!!!
Decided to call it a night in Omaha, Nebraska. It was perfect timing, as the Cruze Diesel’s trip computer registered that it’s used 15.6 gallons of fuel, or exactly one tank. The distance traveled is 817 miles simply by cruising on the interstate.
Not only did the car beat the 700-mile range estimate, it crushed it. And Denver is only 7.5 hours away.
1,350 miles and 27 gallons of diesel fuel later, I’ve arrived in Denver, Colorado. The trip took less than two tanks in the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. Can you gas-powered ecobox sedan match that? Probably not, but I dare you to try.