Perhaps the EPA should consider a new rating system for John and Helen Taylor, the noted hypermiling duo from Australia. The couple travelled an amazing 1626 miles on one tank of fuel and they did it in a 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, setting a new distance record in the process. The Passat is EPA rated at 35 mpg combined when equipped with the six-speed manual.
Their average for the tank was 84.1 mpg, nearly double the Passat TDI’s 43-mpg highway rating. The Taylors shattered the old record of 1526.6 miles, achieved in previous-generation, Euro-spec Passat equipped with a 1.6-liter BlueMotion diesel.
The Taylors completed their three-day, nine-state journey last week, which started in Houston, Texas and ended in Sterling, Virginia. Police officers from both states verified the fueling, mileage, and sealing of the fuel door. The U.S.-spec Passat was completely stock, including its 2.0-liter, four cylinder turbodiesel (140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque), which was mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The couple added 120 pounds of luggage, drove through normal traffic situations, and shared driving duties.
“We’re excited to have broken the record for the longest distance driven on one-tank of fuel,” said John Taylor. “The Passat TDI was the perfect car for the trip. It offers plenty of interior and cargo space, yet is frugal enough to help us achieve this record.”
Last summer the hypermiling couple achieved 64.62 mpg in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, setting a new world record for best fuel economy in a non-hybrid gas-powered vehicle.