2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: Oregon Road Trip Part 4 & August Fuel Economy Update
September 11, 2014
As I reported in Part 3 of my Oregon Road Trip story, our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG made it to Crater Lake and Bend, Oregon, and back to Los Angeles without incident. It once again proved to be one of the best road trip cars for two people, period, and there's nothing in our fleet I would've been happier taking. In fact, there are few cars in the history of the long term fleet I would've preferred taking.
Below is my trip by the numbers as well as the fuel economy update for August, which for all intents and purposes, basically consisted of fills during the trip.
Oregon Road Trip By the Numbers:
Total miles: 1,921.3 miles
Total hours in-car: 31 hours, 38 minutes
Average Speed: 59 mph
Gallons Used: 105.273
Fuel Economy: 18.25 mpg
Best Tank: 19.5 mpg
Fuel Economy Update for August
Worst Fill MPG: 9.5 mpg
Best Fill MPG: 19.6 mpg
Average Lifetime MPG: 14.5 mpg
EPA MPG Rating: 13 Combined (11 City/18 Highway)
Best Range: 408.7 miles
Current Odometer: 68,290 miles
In August, the CL65 crossed the 10,000-mile mark during our ownership and thanks to nearly 2,000 highway miles, increased its fuel economy by 0.4 mpg up to 14.5.
I sadly failed to beat Mike Magrath's range and fuel economy record established with the very first fill during his drive back from Mercedes-Benz of Reno, but I did manage to put more gas into the car in one fill than anyone else. So, there's that.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 68,290 miles