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How Far Can You Drive Your Vehicle on Empty?

Driving your vehicle on empty might not be the ideal thing to do, it may, however, become a necessity in time of emergency.

Thus, it is important to know in advance how many miles your vehicle can cover on an empty gas.

Having the foreknowledge about the distance you can travel after the low fuel warning light has come on can be your saving grace from being stranded in an emergency situation.

vehicle gas gauge which is on empty

Are sweating bullets when your vehicle is on empty. Use the tables below to find your vehicle and how far you can drive.

However, there are few things you need to put into consideration if you really want to know the actual number of distance coverage uniquely applicable to your car.

Your vehicle, irrespective of model and type, is different from others, so your job is to know your vehicle inside out before taking any such risk.

Some of the factors you need to put into consideration are; the type of car you drive, the age of your car, the size of your fuel tank, the level of traffic on the road you are traveling, among other factors.

Tank on Empty by Vehicle

Chevrolet

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Cruze2 Gallons55 - 84
EquinoxNot Available50
Impala2 Gallons44 - 62
Malibu2 Gallons50 - 72
SilveradoNot Available25
Traverse2.5 Gallons42 - 60

Ford

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Edge1/16 of a Tank35 - 75
Escape1/16 of a Tank35 - 75
Explorer1/16 of a Tank35 - 75
F-1501/16 of a Tank35 - 75
Focus1/16 of a Tank35 - 75
Fusion1/16 of a Tank35 - 75
Mustang1/16 of a Tank35 - 75
Transit1/16 of a Tank35 - 75

GMC

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Sierra Denali4 Gallons64 - 90
TerrainNot Available50

Honda

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Accord2.6 Gallons70 - 93
Civic1.9 Gallons59 - 80
CR-V2.3 Gallons62 - 78
Odyssey3 Gallons57 - 84
Pilot2.5 Gallons45 - 62

Hyundai

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
ElantraNot Available30
Sante FeNot Available40
SonataNot Available40

Jeep

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Cherokee3 Gallons66 - 93
Grand Cherokee3 Gallons66 - 90
Patriot 2 Gallons46 - 60
Wrangler2.8 Gallons47 - 58

Kia

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
OptimaNot Available30
SorentoNot Available40
SoulNot Available30

Mazda

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
32.3 Gallons69 - 94
CX-52.6 Gallons67 - 91

Nissan

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Altima3.0 Gallons81 -114
Rogue3.0 Gallons78 - 99
Sentra2.0 Gallons60 - 80
Versa2.6 Gallons80 - 104

Toyota

ModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Camry2.6 Gallons65 - 91
Corolla2.0 Gallons60 - 84
Highlander2.9 Gallons58 - 72
Prius1.6 Gallons76 - 81
RAV-42.4 Gallons58 - 74
Sienna3.0 Gallons54 - 75
Tacoma3.0 Gallons63 - 75
Tundra4.0 Gallons60 - 72

Ram, Subaru, & Volkswagen

MakeModelGas Remaining When Fuel Light Comes OnMiles Remaining When Light Remains On
Ram15003.0 Gallons63 - 87
SubaruForester2.6 Gallons62 - 83
SubaruOutback2.6 Gallons65 - 85
VolkswagenJetta1.8 Gallons57 - 85

Meanwhile, you should not make it a habit of running your vehicle on empty as such could have dire consequences with a high repair bill.

In this article, we are going to show you some of the reasons why making the habit of letting your gas tank go empty might not be good to your vehicle.

We will also provide you with the chart that will show you how long you can travel on empty.

First, let’s consider the effects on you, and afterward, we will look at the effects on your vehicle.

The Negative Effects of Driving on Empty

Disappointment in a time of emergency: There is the limit to which a vehicle running on empty can take you in a time of emergency.

Running out of gas at the odd hours or wrong places can spell doom for you in a case of an emergency where you do not have access to an alternative means of conveying yourself to your destination.

Vehicle Accident: Running out of gas can lead to a fatal accident in case your car stop abruptly on a freeway where other surrounding vehicles are moving upward at 60 MPH.

Other vehicles can also crash into your vehicle if it breakdown at a dark spot on the road.

Failure to keep up with appointments: Your can fail to meet up with an important appointment if your vehicle runs out of fuel at a time or place where you cannot refill your tank immediately.

Possible Vehicle Damage To Fuel Pump & Catalytic Converter

  • Damage to catalytic converter: Running out of gas can cause damage to your catalytic converter leading to additional expenses.
  • Fuel Pump damage: Debris in the fuel can damage your fuel pump when you drive your vehicle with low amount of fuel in your tank.

The Importance of the Gas Indicator Light

The majority of the modern vehicles come with a gas indicator light on the dash. The distance to empty gauge gives an approximation of how many miles a vehicle can travel before running out of gas.

However, relying on this approximation can be a dangerous practice since the calculation is based on the average mileage that you have attained while driving the vehicle.

You need to take precaution here because such calculation may not be accurate on your own situation.

You might be stuck in traffic or driving on an unfamiliar road that may not be as smooth as the one you always drive on.

So, you should not rely on distance to empty gauge as you can get disappointed at the end.

How Far Can You Go When the Fuel Warning Light Illuminates?

How far you can drive when the fuel warning light comes on depend largely on you, your vehicle and the condition of the road on which you are driving.

However, use the reference guide next time you are running on empty. You can reference the chart to calculate how far you can go, given your type of vehicle.

In the chart, you will find top best-selling vehicles and a range of how many miles each can travel after the warning light has triggered.

At the point where the light comes on, most vehicles still have at least two gallons of gas in reserve, indicating that you can still get to your destination if you get your calculations right.

So, with the aid of the chart, you can actually discover the amount of gas remaining in your tank when the warning dash light triggers on, and the approximation of the distance the vehicle can cover before going out of gas completely.

5 Things To Do if Your are Low on Fuel

Drive 35 – 45 MPH

Vehicles are most efficient at this speed, according to Cars.com

Nix the Air Conditioning

Vehicles will use less fuel with the A/C off.

Kill Accessories

If you are using your stereo or phones are charging turn them off.

Roll your Windows Up

Roll up your windows to conserve energy. This will help if your have travel long distances.

Keep Your Cool

Over 1 million drivers run out of gas each year. If you are little embarrassed don’t worry about. Use your phone GPS and find the nearest gas station.

America’s Most & Least Gas Guzzling Cities

We know everyone is trying to save dollar or two, but below is a table of the most & least gas guzzling cities.

Biggest Gas Guzzling CityFuel ExpenseLeast Gas Guzzling CityFuel Expense
San Bernardino$3,880San Jose, CA$3,150
Washington, D.C$3,916Orange Co.$3,150
Jacksonville, FL$4,004Buffalo, NY$3,150
Somerset, NJ$4,064New Orleans, LA$3,110
Greensboro, NC$4,068Fort Lauderdale, FL$3,100
Monmouth, NJ$4,160San Francisco$3,050
Nashville, TN$4,184Hackensack, NJ$3,000
Atlanta, GA$4,200Miami$2,780
Charlotte, NC$4,244Los Angeles, CA$2,520
Chapel Hill, NC$4,296New York, NY$1,920
Conclusion

Of course, we all drive on empty occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control.

So, when next you find yourself running on low fuel, and the gas station is nowhere around the corner, you can turn to this chart as a buddy that will show you how far you can drive on empty before you actually run out of gas completely.

Brooke Chaplan
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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