2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Fuel Economy Update for December
January 6, 2014
Well, you knew this wasn't going to be the 2005 Mercedes CL65's finest hour. After about 1,700 miles in our care, our newest/oldest long-term car is averaging 15.8 mpg. That's pretty terrible, but that's also nearly 3 better than the EPA's combined estimate of 13 mpg.
Of course, most of those miles were put on during the 19.6-mpg trip back from Reno and an all-highway road trip I took to the Grand Canyon where I averaged 17.7 mpg, so expect that 15 mpg to get lower in future months as the in-city miles accumulate. Scott Oldham's tank of 9.8 mpg probably won't be rare. But that's OK. If we wanted good fuel economy, we wouldn't have purchased a giant luxury coupe with a bi-turbo V12.
Worst Fill MPG: 9.8
Best Fill MPG: 19.6
Average Lifetime MPG: 15.8
EPA MPG Rating: 13 combined (11 city, 18 highway)
Best Range: 408.7
Current Odometer: 58,527
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 58,527 miles