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It also probably has to do with the choice of mechanisms used in the cruise control. Old systems strictly use a vacuum actuator. When the vacuum actuator needs more vacuum than that produced, it kicks out. I would imagine that the new ones have some sort of improvement.

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For those interested in the fuel economy for this trip:

1,413 miles from Southern Maryland (Waldorf, MD) to South Central Kentucky (Campbellsville, KY) via I-64.
78.1 gallons of diesel
18.09 MPG overall
341 miles, 20.6 gals, 16.55 MPG, Westbound
401 miles, 20.2 gals, 19.85 MPG, WB
246 miles, 16.7 gals, 14.73 MPG, EB
425 miles, 20.6 gals, 20.63 MPG, EB

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That's very good mileage considering you're driving the biggest, heaviest one they make!

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It's a fact that turbo powered engines are much more efficient when the air gets thinner at elevation than a naturally aspirated engine.
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