2008 Cadillac CTS: Detroit to Los Angeles Part V
January 29, 2009
After taking the time to photograph our trusty steed in New Mexico and Colorado simultaneously we continued to drive west, me in the very dirty Cadillac CTS and Ed Hellwig in his new 33-year-old truck. Now our speed was limited to 68 mph so Ed could keep up, and we would need to stop every 150 miles so Mr. Hellwig could refuel.
At that rate, the Cad's average speed was plummeting, but its fuel economy was through the roof. On the final day of the trip I covered almost 800 miles of interstate, but averaged only 60 mph. Fuel economy jumped to 24.1 mpg. Good, but still way below the car's EPA highway rating of 26 mpg, no doubt due to the numerous elevation changes and high winds on our route.
More highlights on the next page.
After I snapped this pic I stood in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah all at the same time. I like Colorado the best.
Just busting though the Arizona desert. Cruise control set on 68 mph.
Beats the office. Even at 68 mph.
-- Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief