2012 Jaguar XF Supercharged Alaska Road Trip: Highway Miles
September 19, 2012
The first real leg of our trip to Alaska just so happens to be one of the more boring portions of the drive. After Death Valley you just hop right back onto the 15 at Baker and drive North until Canada.
This is not an exciting drive. You go through Vegas, a chunk of Arizona, Salt Lake City and skirt Zion National Park. While there are some nice rock formations and vistas, really, this is a drive we've done before and on this trip those spots were simply dots that flew by on the nav. (I will take this opportunity to tell everyone to go to Zion National Park if you haven't done so. Spectacular.)
Two things made those dots fly by quicker...
Yes, yes, everyone's all excited about Texas having 85-mph speed limits, but right here in Utah we've got 80 which, especially in the rain, is darned good for rolling over the odometer.
The second thing aiding our progress was the Jag itself. This thing LOVES 80 mph on the freeway. It's quiet, stable and totally relaxed at these speeds and when we cruised into a fairly serious rain storm, the Jag was totally composed. Sixth could be a little taller as, according to our testing, it turns 2,000 rpm at 70 and here at 80, it was spinning higher than a luxury car should at cruising speed. That's the price you pay for a performance luxury car, though.
Oh, and thanks to the massive supercharged motor, if you need some throttle for a pass, you've got it in spades. We didn't want to have to stop for fuel too frequently, though, so we tried not to dip into the power reserves too frequently.
We didn't get the best fuel economy of the trip on this leg, but we did crush the previous range and fuel economy records with a 333.6 mile tank that worked out to 22.05 mpg. Oh, and we also had this tank where we averaged-- including this photo stop -- 76.8 mph.
Day one took us a over 800 miles and deep into Utah-- the Death Valley trip really slowed us down. Canada was practically in our sights.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 4,721 miles