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author photo by Autotrader February 2010

Most of us have dreamed of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records, but few have the time, talent or dedication. You may never set your own record, but you could have your very own record-holding automobile.

This 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI has the Guiness World Record for "Lowest Fuel Consumption." Australian fuel economy experts John and Helen Taylor drove the car 9,505 miles last summer while visiting all 48 contiguous U.S. states. They employed hyper-miling techniques to squeeze out a record-setting 67.9 mpg.

If you followed John and Helen's lead, you could drive this car from New York to Los Angeles on less than 41 gallons of diesel fuel. With the Jetta's 14.5 gallon tank you'd only have to stop three times to fill up. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration the current national average for diesel fuel is $2.76; at that price your transcontinental journey would set you back only $113.16.

That's a lot cheaper than a plane ticket, and the Jetta won't charge for baggage (you can even bring three friends). Of course flying is faster, but getting there is half the fun. And maybe you can set a record along the way for visiting the most roadside attractions or collecting the most tacky souvenirs.

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