spacedout· Premium Member
It's like buying a new car and increasing your car payment to get better MPG. If the MPG increase is big enough though it can be worth the price increase.A good rule of thumb is... Don't do mods to improve gas mileage. The gains you will see will take years to realize.
As an automatic cruze buyer comparing the MPG between the LS and 1LT cruze the EPA numbers indicate a 4mpg city and 3mpg highway increase in MPG, combined average is 3mpg better. It only cost $1295 more for the 1LT over the LS, so that fuel savings pays for itself pretty quick. That's enough fuel savings the amount I drive to make up the difference in payment every month.