Distance to Empty? Wouldn't You Like to Know... - 2009 Dodge Challenger Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger: Distance to Empty? Wouldn't You Like to Know...

November 02, 2009


Over the weekend, I ran into the same issue on our long-term 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T that we've had with our Evolution X MR and Evo GSR. The "distance to empty" meter stops counting down the miles once youdrop belowa certain threshold.

In our Challenger R/T, that threshold is 30 miles, and it seems to be timed with the low fuel warning light. That light (off to the left) came on at the 347.5-mile mark in this trip.

On the upside, the lack of DTE functionality isn't such an annoyance in theDodge, which actually has some fuel range, thanks to its 19-gallon tank and respectable 25-mpg highway rating (though of course it rates only 16 in the city).

I ended up with 19.8 mpg on this 365.8-mile tank and I put in 18.468 gallons. I have to think, though, that the 19-gallon "capacity" is a rounded-down estimate. Hard to believe I was really a mere half-gallon from running dryfewer than 20 miles after the low-fuel warning light illuminated. Still, this tank bodes well for my upcoming road trip in the Challenger: Our longesttank so far is 396.8 miles (as driven by Brent Romans), so 400 should be attainable.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 13,007 miles

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