Chevy Cruze Eco goes coast-to-coast getting 40.35 mpg

Cruze Across America – Click above to watch video after the jump

Apparently, some drivers are willing to boast about getting fewer miles per gallon than the EPA says you should. Take Richard Truesdell, editorial director of Automotive Traveler Magazine and, who recently drove a Chevy Cruze Eco across the country. After going over 3,000 miles from Riverside, California to Little Falls, New Jersey on 72.53 gallons of gas, his final result was 40.35 mpg. The manual transmission Cruze Eco is rated by the EPA to get 28/42/33 (city/highway/combined) while the automatic is rated at just 26/37/30. So, EPA says the Cruze Eco gets 42; real-world drive provides 40.35. Granted, Truesdell, "traveled through rain, ice and sleet as he made his way from California," but he must not have been employing any hypermiling tricks as he made the drive.

Still, Truesdell was impressed with his drive, saying in a statement that, "I felt like I was driving a much more expensive car." You can see him talk about the drive and arrive at the Schumacher Chevrolet dealership in New Jersey in the video pasted after the jump.

[Source: Schumacher Chevrolet]

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Cruze Across America: Journalist Drives From California to New Jersey on Less Than 73 Gallons of Gas
Schumacher Chevrolet Welcomes Cross-Country Traveler in General Motors Sponsored - 3,000 Mile Road Trip Challenge in New Chevy Cruze Eco

LITTLE FALLS, N.J., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Richard Truesdell, editorial director of Automotive Traveler Magazine and put the New Chevy Cruze Eco to the ultimate test.

On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 he arrived in Little Falls, New Jersey at 10:00 a.m., ending a 3,000 mile road trip challenge which originated from Riverside, California. The final gas mileage was tabulated when he arrived at Schumacher Chevrolet, located at 8 Main Street in Little Falls, New Jersey.

The trip was supported by General Motors who supplied the Chevy Cruze Eco, which is among the most fuel efficient cars in America, with an estimated EPA highway rating of 42 MPG.

Truesdell left California on Friday, April 29 with the goal of reaching his final destination (3,000 miles away) using just 75 gallons of gas or less.

He traveled through rain, ice and sleet as he made his way from California. Driving cross country in real-life road conditions, he mapped the trip through Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska , Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, finally arriving in New Jersey.

The official fuel mileage calculation was recorded as 40.35/MPG consuming 72.53 gallons of gas for the coast-to-coast drive. The CRUZE Eco met the challenge and made the trip across America on less than $300 (even with gas prices at an all-time high).

"I felt like I was driving a much more expensive car," said Truesdell. "It really is a fantastic car; with a sticker price of under $20,000 and with gas prices sky rocketing, driving a vehicle with great fuel efficiency is paramount."

According to Chevrolet's website, the Cruze Eco is equipped with a powerful, efficient 1.4L turbocharged engine, to which engineers added new components to help reduce drag and improve aerodynamics.

Truesdell made the cross country trip with his golden retriever Savannah, who sat comfortably in the passenger side foot well. He was greeted with a reception party hosted by Judith Schumacher-Tilton, dealer principal of Schumacher Chevrolet as well as members of the media who came to witness the outcome of the challenge. Video of his arrival is online at

Details of Truesdell's road trip and his cross-country journal can be found on the Automotive Traveler website, Videos from the trip can be found on Facebook at

"We were honored to be the destination dealership and we were not worried for one minute about putting the Cruze to the test. We were certain that it would perform as expected and it did surpass everyone's expectations," said Schumacher-Tilton.

Additional Information:

Schumacher Chevrolet founded in 1932, is the third largest volume Chevrolet dealership in New Jersey and part of the Tilton Automotive Group. It is the sister dealership to Gearhart Chevrolet in Denville, New Jersey, which was the site of the first delivery in the nation of the new electric extended range Chevy Volt on December 15, 2010, an historic event. Both dealerships are owned by Judith Schumacher-Tilton.

Automotive Traveler Magazine founded in April 2007 by William Basore, David Cunningham and Richard Truesdell, launched as the first online-only publication to combine cars and great road trips. It is supported by a companion website. Since September 2010 both the online magazine and website are produced in an iPad-friendly format that can be viewed on any digital device without the need for an app.

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