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Cindy writes:

I have a 2009 Honda Pilot that I love very much. I was wondering how far I could drive once the gas light comes on. Highway or city. Thanks!

Sajeev Answers:

I just love crazy questions like these; they are the most interesting to read on car forums. So let’s Piston Slap this one. Be it an “idiot light” or a terminal mileage calculation via trip computer, all vehicles have a low gas warning feature.  Since I had difficulty searching the Honda Pilot forums, I’ll go with a general statement: most low fuel systems activate with 1 or 2 gallons of gas left in the tank.

The (2WD) Honda pilot gets 17/23 MPG by the EPA’s estimate.  So you’d have somewhere between 34 and 46 miles before you’d run out of gas, if you believe the (dubious) general statement of the light coming on with two gallons left in the tank. Cut it in half if you think one gallon is all you have left. And cut it even more if you never achieve the EPA’s fuel consumption figures in your real world commute.

Yes, I know this is a dumb answer.  As I realized on a trip from Oklahoma City to Houston in my Lincoln Mark VIII, the only right thing do is to fill up the tank when the dashboard warning arrives. Otherwise, a host of potential problems can creep up, and leave you stranded or with not nearly enough fuel pressure to drive a safe speed on the road.

Make your dashboard happy, and you’ll stay happy: keep the tach in the black and the fuel light extinguished.

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