2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Texas Road Trip, Day 2
October 1, 2014
Day 2: Deming, New Mexico to Austin, Texas, 681 miles.
Something I haven't done on previous multi-day road trips, but that I wanted to try with this one, was to go for a run each morning before I hit the road in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI. There were a couple of reasons for this: First, I don't eat particularly well on the road, so the running partially makes up for it. Second, exercise is a good way to wake the ol' bod up first thing.
So, around 5:30 in the morning there I was, running in the rain in the dark on an access road next to Interstate 10 in New Mexico. Got soaked, but it was worth it. Felt good.
Trust me on this, no one is going around calling me a genius back at the Edmunds headquarters (derogatory things yes, genius no). To that end, I probably should have looked up, or maybe just known, that I'd lose another hour in Texas. I figured this out once Google Maps on my iPhone told me I was scheduled to arrive in Austin at 6:00 p.m. instead of 5:00. Guess I was going to have to make up more time on the road.
On the bright side, the speed limit on Interstate 10 in Texas is 80 mph.
I love when navigation systems tell you the current speed limit of the road you're on. The Passat's does this, and it's a huge help to keep you on the good side of the law. You can't fully trust it, as every once in a while it's off by five mph or so, but most of the time it's spot-on and it's super-handy to look down at that nav screen for a quick check. Also helping here is that you can configure the center of the instrument panel to show a large digital speedo, which is super easy to read.
Even with a major rain storm and traffic near El Paso, the Passat's long fuel range (plus thankfully little Austin city traffic) meant I was able to make it to my hotel by 5:30 p.m. One hour to spare before the 2015 Audi S3 press conference started.
Fuel mileage for the trip from California to Texas: 31.4 mpg.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 16,503 miles