John and Helen Taylor achieve 1,626 miles on a tank of Diesel in a VW Passat TDIEnlarge Photo
It's been nearly two weeks since we've taken delivery of our six-month road test 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, and we are already impressed with its outstanding fuel economy. Seems we aren't the only ones, as a new world record has been set for the farthest distance traveled on a single tank of fuel.
The Taylors aren't your average drivers, as they have made their careers out of driving efficiently. Recently, they drove a stock 2012 VW Passat SE TDI with a six-speed manual transmission from Houston, Texas to Sterling, Virgina. Over the three days the couple traveled 1,626.1 miles on a single tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Averaging 84.1 mpg, the couple tried to drive in typical driving conditions.
They included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during the day time so they would possibly run into rush hour traffic in the morning and afternoon. They also never drove more than 14 hours in one day.
"We're excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one tank of fuel," said John Taylor. "The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record."
The Taylors beat the previous record of 1,526.6 miles by 99.5 miles. The previous record was set in Europe in a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel.
This record is nothing short of impressive, and couldn't have come at a better time as we prepare to hit the road in our six-month road test 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI in the coming weeks. While we aren't sure if we'll get the same mileage as the Taylors did, we are hoping to beat the 43 mpg EPA rating on the window sticker.