2015 BMW M235i: Zion Bound
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on March 11, 2016
By the time you read this, I'll be driving the 2015 BMW M235i to Zion National Park in southwest Utah. I've had the idea of going on a road trip in the BMW since I wrote its January fuel economy update. At the end of January, the odometer was just about to turn over 14,000 miles, and it hit the 15,000 milestone at the beginning of March.
We try to get every year-long test vehicle to the 20,000-mile mark, which works out to about 1,700 miles per month. The M235i has hit this mark only twice since it's been with us. The current odometer reading is 15,764, and it's due to go back to BMW at the beginning of April.
It's time to make up for lost ground.
In addition to getting us closer to our personal target, this accomplishes another goal: improving fuel economy. The M235i is signed out nearly every night, but it doesn't have as many miles on the odometer as we'd like. It's used for commuting, which partially explains the 20.9 mpg versus its 25 mpg combined rating over the last 11 months.
The other reason is that the M235i begs to be driven with a heavy foot, and we oblige. A long road trip at cruising speed helps bring us closer to our odometer goal and improves overall economy.
So the next question is where to go. I didn't want to pull myself away from my day-to-day too much, so an overnight trip seemed the most practical. I mulled several destinations before I remembered a trip my friends Patrick and Amanda took to Zion National Park a few years back. They had a blast hiking through the park and told me there were plenty of great picture spots. Bullseye.
So I'm on my way now to Zion. The plan is to travel north on Interstate 15, snap photos for a couple hours, drive back to Vegas for the night and return home the next day. Including navigating through the park, the round trip should be about 900 miles. Photos will be posted to my Twitter account as well as the Edmunds Instagram page for those who want to follow along.
Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor @ 15,764 miles