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Oct 14, 2013 4:47PM
Who gives a puck what MPG it gets if you don`t like driving it ?
Oct 14, 2013 3:48PM
I've had three VW TDI's and yes they have a good range, but too small to haul the stuff I often do. And these were early 2000's with lots of electrical failures. In 2001 I tried a Silverado DuraMax, but GM pulled a boner and put a fuel tank in that was way too small.  My commute was 104 miles RT and if I ran errands at noon I had to stop 2-3 times a week and refuel - hated that.  In '04 I wanted a new set of wheels and IF GM had put the DuraMax and ample fuel tank into a Suburban they'd have had me, but no, somehow they knew better?  So I bought an Excursion - yes the one that tree huggers hated, but no tiny gas V-8 that got 7 mpg, I got a diesel and it came with a 44 gallon tank - HURRAH! Ford had a better idea!  I always got over 700 miles on a tank and today that rig that somehow the greenies thought was so bad has averaged over 17.6 mpg (I log every drop) for 247,876 miles and still going strong.  On top of that it has only been in the shop once in all that time because the tree huggers again stuck their noses in and forced an EGR system onto it and this was the first year, so at about 200,000 miles the intake had filled with carbon snot and it ran bad.  So thanks for forcing this on me and the last 50,000 miles blew carbon and dust over hundreds of cars commuting to work. Yes, clean the air, but by incentive, not forcing too early a technology that is undeveloped. The Europeans have done a much better job of integrating diesels into their product lines and after being there the last three weeks, they don't have smog, the cars don't smoke, the cities don't smell and the last number I heard was that nearly 60% of all new cars sold there are diesels.
Oct 14, 2013 4:12PM
The ranges are way off.  My Suburban gets about 400 miles on the tank if I'm lucky.  There is no way the range you posted could be achieved.
Oct 22, 2013 12:51PM
Who writes auto articles for MSN that cannot research the product they are writing about? The Audi A^ TDI does not use an INLINE six cylinder, it is using a V6. Fact check and fact check again folks. I give this write a C-
Oct 13, 2013 11:58AM

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.


Oct 19, 2013 3:27PM

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.

Oct 14, 2013 7:35PM
What about the Geo Metro which came out years ago and had impressive MPGs?
Oct 14, 2013 5:32PM
I like Fords Eco-Boost  engines but 37 mpg isn't a great number when Hyundai, Mazda and others are getting 40mpg without hybrids or even a turbocharger.
Nov 19, 2013 11:11AM
According to MSN Auto's own data, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec has a range of 949.5 miles -- which easily surpasses the "top" car in this poorly-researched article by more than 150 additional miles.
Oct 14, 2013 12:43PM
They missed a lot of cars on this list.  Must not have done their homework.
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.

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