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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Spring Training Calls

March 02, 2012

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Baseball spring training calls to me, so I’m away to Phoenix and a couple of games.

Got the Volkswagen Jetta TDI lined up. Was thinking about where to stop for fuel between here and Phoenix Municipal Stadium where the A’s play, about 400 miles. Phoenix Muni is pretty much the oldest and most charming of the Cactus League stadiums, where the original light standards came from the Polo Grounds in NYC and Willie Mays hit the first home run.

Finally I figured it out. The Jetta TDI has been getting 35.3 mpg and as much as 46.1 mpg. The tank measures 14.5 gallons. Cruising range = 512 miles. Wait a second, no stopping necessary between here and Phoenix. So, no planning necessary. A diesel is the ultimate car for spontaneous travel.

Of course, this just means more guilt when you want to stop for Twinkies and the fuel gauge has hardly moved for 200 miles.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com

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