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Here Are All the Numbers From My 6,522-Mile Cross-Country Aston Martin Road Trip

Just about the second I returned from my giant 6,522-mile cross-country Aston Martin road trip, you people started asking me for the details. Fuel economy. Total distance traveled. Nights on the road. Cheapest gas. Best-mileage section. Total vehicle range. Trip-route map. See the 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage models for sale near you

Well, here’s all that information, in spreadsheet (and map) form:

Road Trip Stats


For those of you who would rather me tell you the highlights, here goes: In all, I covered 6,517.7 miles (plus those extra four to get back home after my final fuel stop). I burned through 350.159 gallons of fuel at a total cost of $994.28, meaning that my average price per gallon of gas was $2.84 — not bad considering I only used premium.

My longest stretch of driving between fuel stops was from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Janesville, Wisconsin, which came out to 310.9 miles. That was also the stretch where I got the best fuel economy: an impressive 21.73 miles per gallon. My shortest stretch was from McCook, Nebraska just 125.7 miles to Yuma, Colorado, where I was stopping anyway to buy a bottle of water.

As for the run with the worst fuel economy, here’s an amazing fact: It wasn’t the stretch when I went on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Although I returned a meager 15.52 miles per gallon between those fuel stops (140.4 miles between Salt Lake City and Wendover, Utah), I actually did even worse during the 182.1-mile drive from Battle Mountain, Nevada, to Fernley, Nevada, where I managed just 14.8 mpg. I’ll leave you to guess why my gas mileage was so low on that run, though I will say this: The highway was empty, and it was late at night. Overall, my average fuel economy was 18.61 mpg.

The cheapest gas I purchased on the trip was, not surprisingly, in oil-rich North Dakota, where I paid just $2.50 per gallon for premium in Fargo. The most expensive gas was in the tiny alpine town of Chester, California, where I paid $3.40 for premium while a man with a Chevy Avalanche asked me if I wanted to trade vehicles. Overall, I stopped for fuel 29 times and averaged 224.9 miles between stops. I think the car could theoretically do 350 miles if you pushed it and feathered the accelerator.

In all, I spent 16 days on the road, which means my average driving distance per day was 434.8 miles. But I spent two of those days — Thursday, September 14, and Friday, September 15 — idle at my fiancee’s family vacation in California. Remove them, and my daily driving average becomes 501.7 miles.

I visited 19 U.S. states on this trip: California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. I also visited three national parks: Lassen (California), Yellowstone (Wyoming) and Theodore Roosevelt (North Dakota). I met up with about 800 readers and viewers in gatherings ranging from one person (in Belfield, North Dakota) to roughly 200 (in the Chicago suburbs). I got one speeding ticket for going 90 miles per hour in an 80-mph zone. I replaced two front brake pads for a total of $1,222.99. And one single bison crossed in front of my car. I named him Roger. Find a 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. I was so bummed out that I couldn’t meet up with you in Chicagoland, Doug. I had a class that night that I couldn’t skip, but I look forward to your future Chicago visits and Elgin, IL references!! (Shout out to Elgin!)

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