How Much Fuel is Left When the Low Fuel Light Comes On?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips & Tricks on Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 9:42 pm
Close Up of 2017 Kia Optima Speedometer and Fuel Gauge

How Far Can You Drive Your Kia Optima with the Low Fuel Light On?

Chances are – you are no stranger to the low fuel warning light in your 2017 Kia Optima. It always seems that the low fuel warning light comes to life at the most inconvenient time. A time when you are running late for work and wonder if you have what it takes to make it all the way to your destination without a quick stop at the gas station. If you have ever asked – how far can you drive your Kia Optima with the low fuel light on – you have come to the right place. Take a look at how you can determine how much fuel is left when the low fuel light comes on in your Kia model.

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How to Calculate How Much Fuel You Have Left in Your Kia

Close Up of Fuel Gauge with Needle on EmptyWe hope you are ready for some math. To calculate how much fuel is left when the low fuel light comes on, you will need to know a few key specs for your Kia model to go along with some basic math skills. When the low fuel light on your Kia comes to life, it generally indicates that you have 1.5 to 2 gallons of fuel left. How long you have and how far you can drive are dependent on which Kia model you own and your own driving habits.

If you drive a family-friendly Kia Optima, it is important to have an understanding of what your fuel-economy ratings are. Keep in mind that fuel-economy ratings will vary based on travel conditions and your driving habits. Capable of an EPA-estimated 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, the standard Kia Optima LX will make 29 mpg in combined driving. If you have 1.5 to 2 gallons of fuel left when the low fuel warning light comes on, it means that you have about 43.5 to 58 miles of combined city and highway travel left.

To calculate these figures and find a driving range, simply take the fuel-economy ratings of your Kia model that best fit the driving conditions – city or highway – and multiply by a factor of 1.5 or 2. This will provide you with an expected driving range. To determine your own average fuel-economy rating, zero out the trip meter next time you stop for fuel, take note of how much fuel you put in and divide by the number of gallons you put in the next time you hit empty and fill up.

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How far can you drive your Kia Optima with the low fuel light on? Armed with this brief how-to guide, you can determine how much fuel you have left when the low fuel warning light comes on and you can calculate your own miles per gallon to find a more precise driving range. If fuel economy is at the top of your car-buying wish list, visit the Moritz Kia inventory today and check out the all-new 2017 Kia Niro hybrid crossover.

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