2011 Mazda2 Touring: Maxfield Parrish Edition
April 11, 2011
Nothing in particular to share with you except an incredible sunset that happened this weekend and what felt like a daring foray deep into "E" on the fuel gauge. When the "REMNG" range showed "0 mile," I decided it was time to visit the gas station. Guess how much of a comfort cushion Mazda gives its owners when it appears the car is running on fumes?
I watched the distance-to-empty change from 1-mile to 0-mile as I pulled into the filling station and snapped this shot. I proceeded to put 9.5 gallons in the tank which means there were 1.8 gallons left or, assuming a similar driving style/fuel consumption, about 65 miles before the car truly had zero fuel. Does this sound to you like an inordinate amount of idiot-resistance or are most carmakers this worried about people running out of gas?
The next shot was a mile down the road. That's a decent range for any car much less one with an 11.3-gallon tank.
Chief Road Test Editor, Chris Walton @ 8,170 miles