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2014 Toyota Highlander: Low Fuel Warning

December 9, 2014

2014 Toyota Highlander

Scott did the hard work last week. He figured out why our 2014 Toyota Highlander has never had a fill over 16.44 gallons into its 19.2-gallon fuel tank.

I'm doing the easy work and answering a question posed by s197gt. "What does the fuel gauge indicate when the light goes on?"

The photo above is what the highlander indicates, st197gt.

Let's go deeper.

So, unlike most cars which offer you a panicky low-fuel warning light (and sometimes prompt you to find a filling station via nav) at around 30 miles, the Toyota Highlander gives you only 13 miles warning and the needle is nearly touching the E. This would be slightly concerning if there weren't 2.9 gallons in reserve. 

Keep pushing and the Highlander will give you a warning all the way down to 1 mile of projected range as the needle nestles itself on the thick line for E. Blitz past that and the needle stops moving and the range is displayed as "Refuel."

It was well past midnight when I got to this point and couldn't remember if we had 1.9 or 2.9 gallons of reserve fuel, which means I couldn't tell if I had a 42(ish)-mile or 63(ish)-mile buffer, and I didn't really push it. Still, I managed to dump in 17.046 gallons which is a new record. One of these days I'll grab a jerrycan and push this thing to its theoretic limit. Maybe there are some secret warnings we haven't found yet.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 12,859 miles


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