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Learn How To Calculate Driving Distance When Your Honda is On Empty

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda CR-V, Model Information, Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 at 4:31 pm
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How Far Can Your Honda Drive with the Low Fuel Light On? 

Are you ready for your next family adventure in your 2020 Honda CR-V? What happens when the low fuel light comes to life on the dashboard? Panic can set in when you are on empty and you do not know if you have enough fuel to reach the next gas station that is 41 miles away. Armed with this quick guide on how to calculate driving distance when you are on empty, we can help you answer the question – how far can your Honda drive with the low fuel light on? 


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Step-By-Step Instructions To Calculate Driving Distance in Your Honda 

Close Up of Fuel Gauge with Needle on Empty

Do not panic. It is important not to panic when the low fuel light comes to life in your Honda. With the help of your Honda owner’s manual, the calculator on your phone and some quick math, you can estimate how much farther you can drive when you are empty. Follow the steps below to help you determine how far you can drive when your fuel gauge hits empty. To ensure you do not run into trouble down the road, it is important to stop for fuel as soon as possible.

  1. Read your 2020 Honda CR-V owner’s manual to determine the size of your fuel tank and understand your average fuel consumption in specific driving scenarios. The front-wheel drive 2020 Honda CR-V EPA-estimated fuel-economy ratings – 28 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg combined* – are a good place to start for families on the go. Note: Fuel consumption and individual fuel economy will vary from driver to driver.  
  2. When the low gas light comes on, the general estimate is that you have 10 to 15 percent of your total fuel capacity left. The 2020 Honda CR-V is equipped with a 14-gallon fuel tank. To help determine how much fuel you have left, drivers of the Honda CR-V can take 10 percent of 14 gallons – 14 x .10 = 1.4 gallons – to find a conservative fuel capacity estimate.  
  3. To calculate an estimated driving distance in the 2020 Honda CR-V, you can take the estimated 1.4 gallons of fuel that you have left and multiply by the mpg rating that best fits the type of driving you are doing. Families on a road trip in the 2020 Honda CR-V may want to use the EPA-estimated highway fuel-economy rating and multiply 1.4 gallons by 34 mpg. This gives you an estimated 47.6 miles of remaining driving distance on the highway.  

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How far can your Honda drive with the low fuel light on? Learn how you can calculate an estimated driving distance with some quick math and this step-by-step guide created by Earnhardt Honda. Drivers interested in a fuel-efficient Honda car, truck or crossover may find the right fit in the Earnhardt Honda online inventory

*28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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