We made it about halfway back from Los Angeles before the fuel light came on.
It was CNET's annual road trip to the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML350 Bluetec we had chosen for the drive had already traveled the 380 miles between San Francisco and Los Angeles once. Short of it getting much better fuel economy in real world driving than the EPA estimates, we knew it wouldn't make it all the way back.
But it was still worth the attempt.
On our freeway run, 70-ish mph up the middle of California on … Read more