Toyota Yaris Diesel Wins World MPG Marathon with 70.49 MPG

by Benjamin Jones on October 17, 2008

The UK recently hosted 39 cars in the 2008 fleet World MPG Marathon. The challenge took them over many different types of roads over the course of its 400 miles in order to see which cars got the best fuel economy. All of these cars were fleet vehicles, so even though some modifications could increase their fuel economy, you can still get an idea what ecodriving can do for improving fuel economy.

The winning car officially turned in 84.66 MPG, but those are Imperial gallons and since most of our readers are in the US, 70.49 MPG is the better number for most EcoModder readers to compare. Sadly, however, there is really no comparison for us since the Toyota Yaris Diesel isn’t even available in the United States.

Another Toyota, the 1.0L Aygo rounded up the leaderboard as far as gasoline vehicles were concerned, pulling in a respectable 68.6 MPG (82.39 MPG Imperial).

Of course, we at EcoModder would like to see some of these cars modified, even if only in the most basic of senses, but I guess it’s up to us to host our own fuel economy where we can set our own rules.

Source: Treehugger

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1 Bob October 28, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Unreal mileage from the diesel Yaris. The question is why are we stuck with hybrids when we could be driving these killer little diesels?

2 Ted February 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm

The easy question to that is that in America, diesel is required to be low sulfur and is therefore more expensive (IIRC). It also has to do with supply and demand, Not many cars here run on diesel so they jump the prices up to make up the difference which in turn makes diesel look like a bad option up front which then makes auto makers think people don’t want diesels which then repeats the cycle…but then again…I could be completely wrong, I’m only thinking this through in my head.

3 greg April 24, 2009 at 3:55 am

years ago, i had a suzuki swift 1992, four cylinder engine five speed, was my commuter car for work, hot summer time 51mpg if i drove like old man and 35 in cold winter….. gas formulas are figured different now versas years ago. mileages arent as high as could be… i realize the swift was a cheap crappy car but i like it, if it wasnt for the frame rotting out just behind the front wheels i would still be driving it..

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