Oh, Canada, indeed. A husband-and-wife team set out to see what kind of fuel economy numbers they could get out of a Chevrolet Cruze Diesel on a transcontinental drive, and they ended up hitting some pretty impressive numbers. The team, according to their Driving.ca blog, averaged 4.3 liters of fuel use per 100 kilometers for their 5,956-kilometer (3,701-mile) jaunt from Vancouver to Halifax. That maps out to about 55 miles per gallon. And the drivers weren't total slow pokes, averaging about 50 miles per hour for the trip.
Chevrolet parent General Motors, which first unveiled the production version of the Cruze Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show in April, estimated that the model would get 42 miles per gallon on the highway, or about the same as the Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel. In addition to the fantastic fuel economy, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine delivers 148 horsepower. But, when it came to our two intrepid Canadians, the Cruze Diesel delivered as advertised, plus an additional 30 percent or so. "We made memories. The marriage survived. Here's to road trip!" the drivers wrote on their blog. Read here for Autoblog's Quick Spin review of the model from late May. At the time, we figured the car would do better than the EPA numbers suggested, but still only managed 44 mpg.