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:
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