How To Calculate Your Driving Distance with the Low Fuel Light On

By Product Expert | Posted in How To, Mazda CX-5, Mazda Models, Mazda3, Mazda6 on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 8:05 pm
Close Up of Vehicle Speedometer and Display with Low Fuel Light On

How Far Can You Drive Your Mazda on Empty?

Have you ever been driving your 2019 Mazda6 and enjoying the drive when the low fuel light comes on? When that light comes to life, your mind automatically goes to – where is the nearest gas station? Do not panic. If you have ever wondered – how far can you drive your Mazda on empty – this in-depth guide will teach you how to calculate driving distance with the low fuel light on.


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Step-By Step Instructions to Calculate Driving Distance with Low Fuel

Remember – there is no need to panic when the low fuel light comes on. Use some basic math skills to help determine how much fuel you have left and estimate how many more miles you can go before you run out. It is important that you don’t wait too long to fill up – driving your 2019 Mazda CX-5 regularly with the low fuel light on can damage the fuel pump. Learn how to calculate driving distance with this quick step-by-step guide by Fairway Mazda!

  1. When the low fuel light appears on your dashboard, it typically indicates that you have 10-15 percent of your fuel tank’s total capacity remaining. Use the lower end of that estimate to be safe.
  2. Find your Mazda CX-5’s fuel capacity in the owner’s manual and take 10 percent of that number. In a front-wheel drive Mazda CX-5 with a 14.8-gallon fuel tank, that number comes out to 1.48 gallons when the low fuel light comes on.
  3. Multiply the remaining fuel by the combined fuel-economy rating of your Mazda. With the front-wheel drive Mazda CX-5 as an example, you will multiply 28 mpg combined by 1.48 gallons to determine an estimated driving distance of 41.4 miles.

How Far Will Mazda Models Drive with the Low Fuel Light On?

What is your favorite Mazda-brand car or crossover? If you are new to the Mazda brand and you want to know – how far will Mazda models drive with the low fuel light on – you have come to the right place. We will cut out the middleman and provide you with the information you need to help you find the Mazda that is the best fit for you and your family.

Graphic of Car Fuel Gauge on White Background with Needle Close to Full2019 Mazda CX-5 – The Mazda CX-5 is an award-winning compact crossover and a fan favorite at Fairway Mazda that features a trio of power-packed engine options. Mazda CX-5 entries with the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine have a fuel capacity of 14.8 gallons with front-wheel drive and 15.3 gallons with all-wheel drive. When equipped with i-ACTIV AWD®, the Mazda CX-5 will give you about 39.8 miles of range. An upgrade to the 250-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged engine with standard AWD translates to an estimated driving distance of 38.25 miles with a 15.3-gallon tank.

2019 Mazda3 – The redesigned 2019 Mazda3 is more athletic than ever with a 186-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder engine and available Mazda i-ACTIV AWD®. With a 13.2-gallon fuel tank and a combined fuel-economy rating of 30 mpg, the front-wheel drive Mazda3 provides an estimated driving distance of 39.6 miles with the low fuel light on. Equipped with all-wheel drive, the 2019 Mazda3 earns 27 mpg combined with a fuel capacity of 12.7 gallons that results in an estimated driving distance of 34.3 miles.

2019 Mazda6 – Next-generation 2019 Mazda6 entries can be equipped with a 187-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G four-cylinder or an available 250-horsepower 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With the entry-level 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine, a 16.4-gallon tank and a rating of 29 mpg combined, the Mazda6 will travel about 47.5 miles on empty. When equipped with the turbocharged engine, the Mazda6 will earn 26 mpg combined with a 16.4-gallon fuel capacity that allows you to drive up to 42.64 miles with the low fuel light on.


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How far can you drive your Mazda on empty? Do not panic next time the low fuel light comes on in your Mazda CX-5 and learn how to calculate the remaining driving range with these step-by-step instructions. Visit the Fairway Mazda inventory today to find a Mazda car or crossover to fit your lifestyle!

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