Entries in High MPG (12)

Tuesday
Jun032014

Reviewed 2014 VW Jetta Hybrid: The Diesel Is Vastly Superior 

We've had the chance to drive just about every version of Volkswagen's Jetta.  We've driven the GLI with the Turbo motor, the now discontinued 5 cylinder, the excellent TDI, and now the Hybrid.

The big question with the Jetta Hybrid, is, is it the better value, and the better choice over the TDI.  As you can tell from the title of this video, the answer to that is a resounding NO!

Why is that?  Well, we break it all down for you on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.

Monday
Apr072014

Reviewed 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 

 

Another review of the fall of 2013 from our recovered videos, this time it's the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. 
With higher CAFE standards on the way, automakers are doing what ever they can to increase the MPG's of their fleets.  The Sonata Hybrid takes a solid mid sized family sedan and incorporates a good, though not great Hybrid system into it.
Does they Hybrid system take away from the Sonata, does it make it a better car?  That's what we find out on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.

 

Wednesday
Jan012014

Reviewed 2013 Chevy Cruze Diesel: 45+ MPG Is Easy Like Sunday Morning

 

The auto enthusiast community has been clambering for a small diesel car, from a U.S. manufacturer, for quite some time.  Chevy has answered their call by bringing the 2.0 Turbo Diesel engine from Europe to the U.S. and placed it in the Cruze, and it is set to go head to head with the Volkswagen Jetta.
The Cruze on it's own is a pretty solid car, however, once you put the clean diesel engine in the car, does it make it better, worse, or the same?  Will American's take to a clean diesel car from a U.S. manufacturer that gets 30mpg in the city and almost 50mpg on the highway?
That is what we find out on this episode of Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive.

 

Thursday
Jun062013

Reviewed: 2013 VW Beetle TDI, Having Your Cake And Eating Too 

A little over a year ago we had the VW Beetle in for a week of testing, it was the 2.5L 5 cylinder with an automatic. We never published a review on it, because we flat out didn't like it, though it was for personal reasons more than anything else. It felt like a pure nostalgia play, and it wasn't enjoyable to drive.

When our VW rep called and asked if we wanted to try the Beetle with the TDI Clean Diesel, we said, "sure, why not". We wondered if Volkswagen's terrific TDI engine could be a saving grace. Turns out it absolutely transformed the car!

This TDI Beetle with a manual was not only a hoot to drive, it returned 47-48mpg on the highway at 80mph! Sit back and have a look as Rumblestrip.NET and Ten Minute Test Drive have a go with the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI.


Friday
Mar222013

Support MPGomatic's Kickstarter Project "Ain't Fuelin'!"

Dan Gray from MPGomatic.com has been a friend of the site for some time, and he's got a Kickstarter project that we think is fantastic!  He wants to take a 10 year old car, and show you not only how to keep it running in tip top shape, but how to get better gas mileage with simple upgrades!

We like the project so much we have pleged money to the project and created a support video for him which you can see below.  If you'd like to help Dan achive his goal of raising $7,777 by April April 5th you can donate here.