84mpg VW Passat

With all the hype about hybrid vehicles these days, people tend to forget about efficient gas and especially diesel cars.  VW is the leader in this with their TDI diesel, and just recently John and Helen Taylor set a new record for the longest distance driven on one tank of diesel – 1626 miles!  That averages to 84.1mpg in a STOCK 2012 VW Passat (the official EPA rating for this car is 43mpg…so much of this gain was due to driving technique no doubt).  No modifications, zilch.  They even included 120lbs of luggage to make it a realistic road trip.  With this sort of gas mileage in a mid-size German sedan, hybrids don’t look nearly as impressive.

Full press release after the break.

(via Autoblog)

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