• 3D7DjjuDo6VdnLp939h avatar 3D7DjjuDo6VdnLp939h Posted: 9/6/2012 1:37pm PDT

    This is going to feel odd. Since it was just wrecked/totaled by a semi YESTERDAY. But I was interested in the TDIs. This report doesn't thrill me. My (up until yesterday) 12 year old, original year Prius 2001 was getting (up until yesterday) 50 mpg LIFETIME average. So, I'm looking for a(nother/new) car today. Hard to give up 50MPG. I'm sure the semi truck driver's employer (rhymes with wrongway)'s insurance company will offer me next to nothing for it. But I do like the Jetta and the Passat both. My wife really liked the Passat when we saw it at the auto show. Surprisingly, it was a base MSRP $19,xxx.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 9/7/2012 6:23am PDT

    So the highest number you ever achieved goes in the Title? That is pretty silly. Look at the number from the fillup both before and after the 46 MPG, they are in the 30's. No doubt the 46 mpg was an incomplete fill and that has caused the number to jump up.

    More reasons journalists should not do MPG testing, although the data here is certainly better than most.

  • marty avatar Marty Posted: 9/7/2012 8:04am PDT

    John, I've probably filled up and topped off 500 long-term cars in my life, from when I was a road warrior at Car and Driver. The differences are accounted for in the driving patterns before and after. The 46-mpg run was a one-way trip from my house to southern Maryland, without a refuel, running about 72 mph average. Before and after, both tanks were primarily here at home in city driving. It's pattern, not practice.