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One reason for the 2011 Cruze’s excellent fuel economy is its wheels

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Re: One reason for the 2011 Cruze’s excellent fuel economy is its wheels

I also have steelies.

I think it does work against you if you drive P&G style, since it's working against you in both acceleration and deceleration. Steady speed would be as you described.
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Re: One reason for the 2011 Cruze’s excellent fuel economy is its wheels

Wouldn't it be working FOR you in a glide? Heavier means more inertia, which means more resistance to slowing down?
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Re: One reason for the 2011 Cruze’s excellent fuel economy is its wheels

Just like vehicle weight, wheel weight only hurts you if you have to do any braking, otherwise you get back the additional energy put into accelleration in the form of a longer coast.
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Re: One reason for the 2011 Cruze’s excellent fuel economy is its wheels

That's probably true. I'd rather have the lighter weight, though, because this is the real world, and braking happens.
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