VW Passat drives 1,626 miles on one tank of fuel
John and Helen Taylor broke the world record last week for the farthest distance ever traveled on a single tank of fuel. They took a Volkswagen Passat and drove 1,626 miles from Houston, TX to Sterling, Virginia on May 3rd to the 5th, and never stopped for fuel. The vehicle they used was a factory 2012 Passat TDI diesel with a six-speed manual transmission. The couple was able to average an incredible 84.1 mpg during the three-day trip.
The previous record for the most miles covered on a single tank of diesel was 1526.6 miles, achieved with a VW Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel in Europe. The couple didn’t strip the seats out of the vehicle or take anything else out in order to reduce weight, but included 120 pounds of luggage and drove during daylight hours to experience normal traffic situations.
The Taylors were not put up to this by Volkswagen, but the couple is not new to the high mileage game. And if you think you can achieve mileage like this, think again, because the Taylor’s are professionals. They have previously set the "48 Contiguous U.S. States Fuel Economy Guinness World Record”, and often run workshops on driving efficiently. The also run a website called Fuel Academy.