2014 Mazda CX-5: Zero Range
June 7, 2013
I like that the 2014 Mazda CX-5 will count its remaining fuel range all the way down to zero. This is how it should be. Some other vehicles out there, like my wife's GMC Acadia, don't do this. When the GMC's fuel range drops below 50 miles, the display switches to a constant "low fuel" which is, of course, pointless.
After all, "low fuel" is no more helpful than an old style analog fuel gauge with a needle pointing to "E". You know, like the fuel gauge in my 1955 Chevy.
And when the Mazda hit zero range I quickly pulled into the next gas station and filled the tank to see just how accurate that information is. The crossover took 13.1 gallons of fuel. Now Mazda says the CX-5 has a 14.8 gallon fuel tank, so the crossover was basically down to its last gallon of gas.
In other words, Mazda has built a nice safety cushion into the system, but it's not tuned overly conservative.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief