The Australian hypermiling duo of John and Helen Taylor have accomplished their goal of breaking the existing record for fuel economy achieved in a gasoline-fed production vehicle during a drive that touched some slice (defined here as at least 30 miles) of all 48 contiguous states.

Arriving in Las Vegas after 22 days and an impressive 9,564.2 miles out on the open road, the Taylors of Melbourne, Australia averaged a shocking 64.42 miles per gallon in an unmodified 2012 Chevy Cruze Eco. All told, the Cruze burned through 148.5 gallons of gas at a cost of $541.24. That's fine and dandy, you may be saying, but didn't the Taylors manage to get 67.9 mpg out of a Volkswagen Jetta TDI during a similar trip back in 2009? You're right, which is why this challenge was about gasoline (the TDI runs on diesel).

Officially, the Cruze Eco is rated at 42 mpg highway, but when driven the Taylor way, it seems the sky's the limit in terms of fuel economy. When the Taylors aren't trying to break records – as they've done 88 times, now – they can be found lobbying governments to implement fuel-saving driving techniques in driver education classes. The Taylors squeeze every last drop of the tank and drive three to five miles per hour below the speed limit, but beyond that, they don't offer up too much detail on the their record-setting driving technique (except in class, we assume). If you'd like some hypermiling tips right now, you can get them from another master: Wayne Gerdes.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 29 Comments
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad to hear that this car is the real deal. That's impressive fuel economy for a gas engine.
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pshha! I get 43+ MPG in my new ECO commuting on the shittiest urban street in Denver. On the highway I bet I could beat those numbers. Not all that impressed.
        fairfireman21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        Then prove it!
          fairfireman21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fairfireman21
          I do not dought that you can't do it, but is what I do dought is that you could do it for the same amount by driving normal, it has been proven driving a bit slower does increase the mpg. I can drive our HHR @ 65 mph and it will get worse than when I drive it at 60 mph. So if you drive the speed limit all the time even with the same car you would never have the same result, your mpg's will be lower.
          Spiffster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fairfireman21
          Im not gonna take a 9k trip if that's what you mean but I could ABSOLUTELY get 65+mpg in this car on the highway... its really not that hard. Go to cruzetalk.com and take a look, people do it all the time and they dont have to drive under the speed limit to do it. Jesus, these people dont have super powers, anyone car pull that off in this car if they know how to drive a stick.
      BigJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I get it, but I only burned about 8 gallons (@~20MpG) in my Grand Prix during the same time frame. Which is better?
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      ".....drive three to five miles per hour below the speed limit...." I bet they broke the record for being flipped off in 48 states too. j/k
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Yeah, this constitutes driving like a douche bag. Cool if you want to save gas and "hypermile", but stay the **** out of my way. Anyone can get mileage like this if they drive like grandma. Like I said, not impressive. I have a Cruze ECO and I could pull that off on the highway driving like that.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if gallon somehow refers to something that is not green.. it couldn't be global warming instigating planet killing fossil oil could it? does this mean the chevy cruze is here to save us from peak oil and global warming? or does it mean it will help us make it worse. this is not green. at all.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        @ 2WM. Still, you have to hand it to DF, even with all his alter-egos voting, he's still managed to achieve a record disapproval rating! A proud moment for the troll.
        sirvixisvexed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        DF, if you hate waste, think of the ENTIRE entertainment industry and everyone in it. How much oil was burned when a full mile of highway was built for ONE SCENE in the matrix reloaded! AND THEN IT WAS DESTROYED AGAIN!!! BAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!
          fairfireman21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirvixisvexed
          It was not destroyed. They have used it on Mythbusters. They just built it and then filmed and left it for whatever reason.
        fairfireman21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Well I will drive a green car more just for you Dan. Yea my 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer LTZ 4x4. It is dark forest metallic GREEN. It does not run off of oil it uses gasoline. HAHAHA!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        What's that, Debbie Downer?
          fairfireman21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          It is coming from someone that hates to hear of a gas burning car doing better than any EV. Yea he could have done it with an EV but it would have taken more than twice as long with the 110 volt charging times.
      Marco Polo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah Ha! And you thought Australia had forgiven you for rejecting Yahoo Serious! This couple should increase the percentage of road rage on an international scale! Still, the Chevy Cruse did perform very well. One question, why not just buy a Volt? Or a Prius ? My aging Lexus GS 450h will do nearly as well, with a lot more comfort and no angry drivers, (cars trucks, vans) behind me, driving unnaturally, using extra gasoline to pass me!
        Spiffster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        I never intended to buy a Prius but I did do a numbers comparison and a ton of research on the Prius vs Cruze vs Focus vs Civic before purchasing the Cruze. The Cruze offered the best efficiency for the money of any car I ran the numbers on. EPA was not considered, just real world number I could scrape together. All of the cars were close BUT the Cruze offered more toys for about $3k less and had a turbo = fun to drive :-)
        theaveng
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marco Polo
        The Cruze Eco only costs $19,000 while still getting a high 42mpg highway rating. The Prius or Volt's +10% higher MPG won't recover the higher 25-50% initial cost. In other words the CruzeEco saves more money overall.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marco Polo
        This thing will get better mpg than your 450h even when driven at normal speeds. I don't know why you would suggest a Volt for a trip which included more than 400 miles driving per day. It might actually use more energy since it can only drive about 10% of those miles on electricity. A Prius might do better, but any gains would be minimal because hybrids don't have as much advantage on the highway as in the city.
      HVH20
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a very impressive AVERAGE, hypermiling my gen 1 insight cvt around combined city/highway its difficult to get 62mpg average and thats in a 2-seater hybrid ultra lightweight/aerodynamic car.
      Manoli Katakis
      • 3 Years Ago
      But did they get 2,000 miles out of one tank like they set out to?
      Thor
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, let me get this right. To show off being green, they burned as much gas in 22 days as it takes me 4 months to do in my 12 year old Grand Am?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thor
        Let me get this right, you drive >2000 miles per month in a car that isn't exactly known for it's efficiency.. O_O
        fairfireman21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Thor
        That is funny we had a 2003 Grand-Am granted it was a 6 banger, but we could never have got close to this. A 1999 Grand-Am with a 4 banger was only rated for 22/30 city/highway. So you are saying you are getting more than double out of a non-modified car. You are blowing smoke out of your arse. We used to have a Jap built Dodge colt with a 1.5L 4 banger with a 5 speed and it would never have been able to do this. The rated mileage for it was 28/31 city/highway. I think it is great that they have done this it shows that you can save tons of gas by not puting your foot to the floor like most IDIOTS do. 3-5 mph under the speed limit is perfectly fine with me at least I know they are wise, unlike you Spif that probably drives 10-20 over and tailgaits.
          Thor
          • 3 Years Ago
          @fairfireman21
          Never said I got 60 mpg out of the GAGT.... 24-30 is more like it. But the issue is, to show off how green they could be by hypermiling, they wasted gas on an unnecessary trip. Not even counting the jet fuel to get here from Australia, that amount of gas gets me back and forth to work for 120 days or so.... and they burned it up in 22. This is like Al Gore being driven around in a 3 mpg bus telling everybody else to conserve.
    • Load More Comments