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Finland magazine: Dodge, Jeep hit 50 mpg

by David Zatz on

Finnish magazine Auto Bild Suomi took a set of two Dodges, a Chrysler, and a Jeep, boasting manual and automated-manual dual-clutch transmissions with diesel and gasoline engines, on a 12-hour trip to the Arctic circle, measuring gas mileage along the way via trip computer and at the end of the journey by inspecting actual gasoline consumption. The cars, which ran trouble-free at an average speed of 70 km/h, ranged from 42.5 mpg to 57.8 mpg using ordinary economy techniques (no advanced hyper-miling). The vehicles were essentially run as they arrived from the manufacturer, but were fitted with snow tires pumped a little over the manufacturer recommendations.

Even the Dodge Journey managed to get 42.5 mpg on the trip (with a diesel and six-speed manual transmission); the Sebring, with its gasoline engine and five-speed manual, hit 44.4 mpg. The diesels hit 52 mpg (Avenger) and 58 mpg (Patriot). None of the four had 0-62 times of over 11 seconds, and all could reach at least 117 mph. 

We have full details of the Finland American-car gas-mileage run in English, with photos, courtesy of Auto Bild Suomi.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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