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Americans expect their cars to go at least 300 miles between fill ups. Many will go 350 to 400. As long as a car will meet that standard, it is fine. A diesel car with a fuel tank designed for a gas engine will go an extraordinary distance on a tank of fuel. But so what? Nobody cares. MPG matters. Distance between fill ups doesn't.
i have a 2013 sonic and live in puerto rico, with all the hills and mountains the i drive over on our highways i get 42 mpg on a long trip. on a trip where i have 4 or 5 hours of city driving included i get 37mpg.
Our family has a 1996 VW Passat wagon with the TDI & 5 spd. In the past 340,000 miles we have stayed in the 42 to 48 mpg "window" which with it's 25 gal fuel tank yields a constant 1,000 miles per fill up. I'm looking for a suitable replacement, so far nothing.
What about the Nissan Altima 2.5, the Kia Optima 2.4, the Hyundai Sonota 2.4, plus a large number of hybrids. All that get well above the 600 mile per tank.