2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ: Impressive Range
January 25, 2011
I'd planned to fuel up our 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ before my quick trip to San Diego, but there was a line at my usual gas station, and I got impatient, and hopped on the freeway, figuring I'd fill up somewhere in Orange County. The "distance to empty" meter promised about 89 miles at that point.
But I made it all the way to Oceanside before I really needed to fuel up -- 20 miles past when the low fuel light came on. That was an easy 451 miles on that tank, and I wasn't even trying. My pace was perhaps 70-75 when the freeway was clear.
I then put in 14.067 gallons of 87 octane, which is 32 mpg. Not an earth-shattering number, but still very good, and right on target with the 24 city/36 highway EPA rating on the automatic-equipped Cruze LTZ.
What I really like about this car, though, is its big gas tank -- 15.6 gallons -- meaning that a 500-mile tank should be in the cards for us without too much effort.
In reviewing the specs for the Cruze Eco model (which comes with a taller-geared version of the 6-speed manual gearbox), I noticed this car only has a 12.6-gallon tank. Of course, the Eco has a higher 28/42 EPA rating, but in theory, if the Cruze LTZ and Cruze Eco both hit their EPA highway targets, our LTZ would still have a longer range due to its bigger tank.
More notes from the trip coming tomorrow.
P.S. The photo was obviously taken when I was fueling up, accounting for why the fuel gauge needle points almost to the full mark. It was pegged near the E when I pulled into the station.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,461 miles