How Fuel Economy Champions Set 64 MPG Record in 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco

By Joel Arellano | August 26, 2011
Earlier this month, we posted how Australian husband-and-wife team John and Helen Taylor set out from Los Angeles, California, hit every state in the union (excluding Hawaii and Alaska), then finally arrive in Las Vegas, Nevada in the most fuel efficient manner possible. The Taylors' vehicle of choice to make the trip was the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, one of the most fuel efficient gas-powered vehicles current on the market excluding hybrids and diesels. Twenty-three days later, the Taylors completed the 9,552 mile road trip to arrive in Sin City this week with their 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco averaging an astonishing 64.42 miles per gallon. They also beat the previous record, which was also held by John Taylor. In 2008, Taylor traveled a similar route and averaged 58.82 mpg in his diesel Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Taylors used a bevy of fuel saving tips and techniques based on their experience and from Shell Oil, which sponsored the trip. The 2011 Chevy Cruze Eco with manual transmission already gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city / 42 mpg highway, currently the highest among compact cars. According to General Motors, the Cruze Eco achieves this fuel economy due to its light weight, spoiler, ultra-low resistance tires, special oil pump, and active "air shutter" system near the front grille to improve aerodynamics at high speeds.
The Taylors average 20 mpg more than the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco's city mpg. What do you think of the Taylors' latest endeavor? Could you achieve anything near such mileage in the Chevy Cruze Eco? Let us know in the comments below. Source: General Motors/Chevrolet