2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: So, How'd I do?
March 02, 2012
In the last post, I made the trek from L.A. to Scottsdale, AZ (not Flagstaff, as I reported earlier) in an attempt to beat the 46.1-mpg record. I failed. But on the return trip?
I was determined to beat the record, but didn't even come close. I even tried cheating, but I came to the realization that I'm better at hyper-galloning than hyper-miling. I was drafting big-rigs and got the trip computer to display a 48.4 mpg average until I got back into California, but then I gave all of that back when I had to climb a few hills and the headwinds kicked-up near Palm Springs.
In the end, the indicated average mpg was 46.6. The actual mileage was 43.57 mpg. On a side note, the 41.9-mpg indicated average on the way to Arizona was actually 40.98 mpg. So despite my best efforts, the difference was a measly 2.59 mpg.
Forget this, I'm driving the way I normally do. The Jetta TDI still achieved impressive figures when I was heavier on the throttle.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 18,766 miles