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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Road Trip to New York, Fuel Economy Report

April 17, 2013

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

So our long-term 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet made it from L.A. to New York. But that was only the first half of the road trip. I've turned the keys over to Mike Magrath for a second half. He's not taking the same route, of course. And he'll probably put the top down no matter how cold it is.

It goes without saying that we're competing on fuel economy. It's not just about logging the highest overall average mpg, either. It's about who gets the best mpg on a single tank, worst mpg on a single tank, and the most miles on a single tank. There's also the matter of who spends the most money on premium fuel.

Check my totals after the jump. These are the numbers Magrath has to beat.

This is a chart of all my fuel stops during the 3,014-mile journey to Midtown Manhattan. I've totaled up the miles, gallons, money and mpg at the bottom.

Odometer
Trip
Octane
Gallons
Total Price
MPG
Location
3,770
300.4
91
12.73
$60.85
23.6
Baker, CA
4,170
380.7
91
14.62
$52.62
26.0
Richfield, UT
4,576
424.4
91
15.19
$59.83
27.9
Salida, CO
5,066
490.4
91
16.44
$64.27
29.8
Russell, KS
5,537
471.2
93
16.99
$66.41
27.7
Wentzville, MO
6,032
494.3
93
17.01
$66.50
29.1
Columbus, OH
6,508
476.2
92
15.28
$59.61
31.1
Allentown, PA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Totals*
3,014
108.26
$430.09
28.1

*I only drove 184 miles of the 300.4-mile tank I logged in Baker, CA. This is because I neglected to refuel before I hit the road in L.A.

Worst Fill MPG (NY road trip): 23.6 mpg
Best Fill MPG (NY road trip): 31.1 mpg
Best Range (NY road trip): 494.3 miles
EPA MPG Rating: 20 city/28 highway/23 combined mpg

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 6,600 miles


Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Wow 500 mile range is pretty darn good.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Not to mention the 28-30 MPG. My pushrod V6 Taurus wagon struggles to do that.

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    > Not to mention the 28-30 MPG. I am pretty sure that was coming down a very steep mountain.

  • spdracerut_ spdracerut_ Posts:

    vvk, I don't think going from UT to PA was all 'down a very steep mountain'.

  • emajor emajor Posts:

    The Porsche is meeting its EPA estimates and getting similar mileage as the wheezy Subaru Impreza that is rated at 36 hwy. Ouch.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Or you could just fly round trip LA to NYC for $350. Just sayin'.

  • opfreak opfreak Posts:

    I totally agree about flying. I'm done a few 1200-1400 mile road one way road trips. (most of the driving through nebraska/iowa/eastern CO/ S&N daktoa. and if I can find cheap enough air fare. I wont do it again. I figure ~400 dollars in fuel. + food. depending on the season, and how the drive goes, might add in 2 nigths of hotel. at least 700 bucks in just getting to where I'm going. I've made the flight to denver twice now. Paid 140 a person for 1 trip, 160 the 2nd trip.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    3014/108.26 is not 28.1.

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    @greenpony New math strikes again.

  • cobryson cobryson Posts:

    @greenpony The sum of the trip odometer column is off by 20 miles for some reason...copying to Excel yields 3037.6 miles in 108.26 gallons, which is 28.058 MPG.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    other than the final fill on 93, it doesn't look scientifically significant that octane made any mileage difference. Maybe temperature/humidity had a bigger impact. You had some similar numbers on the last 2 91 octane fills as the first 2 93 fills.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Thanks cobryson. Figured there was an error somewhere...

  • huisj huisj Posts:

    Winds generally go more west-to-east than east-to-west across the plains and the east (my trip from Michigan to Colorado and back two years ago being an exception in which I drove through wacky headwind storms both ways on different weeks), so I'd say it'll be tough to get the same mileage on the way back.

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