2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Will Try To Beat 42.9 MPG
August 02, 2011
If you noticed the latest fuel economy report, our Jetta's best fuel economy so far was 42.9 mpg, obtained by none other than Golf-TDI-owning staffer Ron Montoya. Perhaps with a bit of irony, he obtained that figure driving in Los Angeles during the infamous Carmageddon weeekend. (Ron's explanation: "There was nobody on the road.")
Well, I've got a 225-mile trip planned for tomorrow, and I'm going to try and beat Ron's number. In my favor, it's almost all highway driving, which is right up a diesel's alley. I've also seen a couple other 40-mpg tanks on our Jetta's fuel log, so I know 42.9 isn't otherworldly. Finally, I'll be actually trying for good fuel economy. However, I won't be driving like a hypermiling weenie, either. I'll match the posted speed limits (65 to 70 mph for the route) when possible and turn off the air-conditioning when possible, but that's about it. I'll also be going up and over the 4,000-foot Tejon Pass.
It'll be close. But I'm hoping for 44 mpg. I'll let you know tomorrow.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor