Fuel efficiency experts take Passat 1,600 miles on one tank of gas

May 10, 2012 12:00 AM

"Mileage experts" John and Helen Taylor were reportedly able to log some 1,600 miles using a single tank of gas in a stock 2012 Passat TDI SE, breaking the world record for longest distance traveled on a single tank of gas.

The Taylors loaded up their Passat for a trip from Houston, Texas, to Sterling, Virginia, on just one tank of gas. The couple have become famous for their driving techniques that allow them to get the most mileage out of their cars. The duo run the website Fuel Academy and give workshops on efficiency all over the world, according to Autoblog.

For this challenge, the Taylors took the Passat TDI and set out on their journey. By the end, they had achieved approximately 84 miles per gallon with the car - way above what the EPA estimates normal drivers will get.

"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."

The Taylors give some tips on their website for maximizing fuel economy, and many revolved around keeping up with a car's scheduled maintenance. It may not seem like much, but a car tune-up can boost performance and fuel efficiency and should be done before any long trip.

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