How Far Will Your Mazda Go On Low Fuel?

June 16th, 2016 by

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How Far Can Your Mazda Drive With the Low Fuel Light On?

Imagine you’re on a road trip and the low fuel warning light comes on. Perhaps you aren’t entirely sure where you are or where the nearest gas station is. Or, perhaps you’re in an unfamiliar or dangerous area that would make having to immediately stop for gas less than ideal. Do you take a chance and keep driving until you find a suitable spot to fill up, or do you immediately seek out the nearest gas station ? These questions often have many road-tripping drivers wondering how far can their Mazda drive with the low fuel light on.

Since the answer depends on where you’re driving and your typical driving habits, you won’t be able to get an exact answer. The best thing you can do is access your Mazda’s distance-to-empty mode on the trip computer. The trip computer can also display your current or average fuel economy, but to get it to estimate how far you can drive on the fuel left in the tank, simply press the INFO switch or the up/down arrows on the switch while the ignition is on.

What Is Your Mazda Fuel Tank Range?

Low FuelThough the distance-to-empty mode is not exact and should not be relied upon fully, it can be used to give you a better idea about when a safe stopping point might be. But instead of taking the risk of dropping your fuel level down that low in the first place, consider planning ahead.

You can do so by figuring out your vehicle’s estimated driving distance on a single tank, and then mapping out safe and comfortable stopping points along your route that are within that range. To help you out, here are all of the available EPA estimates for existing Mazda models:

*Estimates show the maximum range possible and may vary depending on model/trim level*

  • 2016 Mazda3 4-Door: 449 miles
  • 2016 Mazda3 5-Door: 436 miles
  • 2016 Mazda6: 525 miles
  • 2016 Mazda CX-3: 394 miles (2WD), 345 miles (AWD)
  • 2016 Mazda CX-5: 429 miles (2WD), 398 miles (AWD)
  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: 357 miles 

Although estimating how far you can drive your Mazda with the low fuel light on can be risky, your Mazda’s distance-to-empty feature does make things easier when traveling in unfamiliar areas. Still, the best thing you can do for your upcoming summer road trips and vacations is to plan ahead by mapping out desired stopping points along your route within your vehicle’s fuel range. Check back to the Manchester Mazda blog for more Mazda tips or contact us for any questions regarding your Mazda’s fuel economy.