VW Golf TDI visits all 48 states, spends $300 on fuel
Volkswagen has earned a Guinness World Record achievement for the “lowest fuel consumption” for a non-hybrid car traveling through all 48 contiguous US states.
The company took a 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel and drove 8,233.5 miles around America in 16 days, averaging 81.17 mpg. Putting the achievement into context, the feat was accomplished using just $294.98 of diesel fuel.
The Golf TDI beat the Passat TDI’s previous record of 77.99 mpg by more than three mpg, while also topping the hybrid vehicle record by more than six mpg. For reference, the EPA gives the Golf TDI a 45-mpg highway estimate.
The fuel-sipping hatchback was piloted by cleanmpg.com founder Wayne Gerdes and electronics engineer Bob Winger, described as an “expert hypermiler” who has set mileage records in 100 vehicles.
Interestingly, Honda recently set a different Guinness World Record title for fuel efficiency. The trip was essentially the same as VW’s, but traversing all 24 contiguous EU countries rather than US states. The Euro-spec Civic Tourer with a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine achieved an average of 100.31 mpg for the 8,387-mile trip.