Are you getting too close to an empty fuel tank? This info might be helpful

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparison, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 at 8:41 pm
A stock photo of a gas gauge showing the low fuel light activated.

How far will my Kia go on empty?

There is nothing quite like the lonely and empty feeling as when you realize that your vehicle has just run out of gas. In the old days, it was easier to let a stop at the gas station slip through the cracks. However, most automakers, including Kia, have implemented a low-fuel warning light to help prevent that lonely and empty feeling. But the question still remains, ‘How far will my Kia go on empty?’ A few Team Gunther Kia product experts did some research to get as clear an answer as possible. They found a website called which has crowd-sourced information about some popular Kia vehicles. Let’s take a look at some information that might you need.

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This information is basically an average of what was compiled by the site’s users. So, it’s important to take these numbers with a grain of salt. There are several factors that could affect the numbers for your personal vehicle.

Kia Optima

A left profile photo of the 2020 Kia Optima

Avg. Distance: 34.89 miles
Data Points: 36
Std. Deviation: 22.75
Base 2020 Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city/34 mpg hwy.

Kia Rio

A left profile photo of the 2020 Kia Rio

Avg. Distance: 48.50 miles
Data Points: 28
Std. Deviation: 20.94
Base 2020 Fuel Economy: 33 mpg city/41 mpg hwy.

Kia Sorento

A left profile photo of the 2019 Kia Sorento.

Avg. Distance: 32.80 miles
Data Points: 25
Std. Deviation: 17.66
Base 2019 Fuel Economy: 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy.

Kia Soul

A left profile photo of the 2020 Kia Soul.

Avg. Distance: 37.27 miles
Data Points: 11
Std. Deviation: 12.77
Base 2020 Fuel Economy: 25 mpg city/31 mpg hwy.

Is it ok that my car runs out of gas?

So, it’s obviously going to be super inconvenient if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road with an empty gas tank. However, there are a few other concerns we have that you should also be aware of.

There is a safety risk of being stranded on the side of the road. That is always risky in the best of circumstances. Also being stuck in an unfamiliar area carries some issues in terms of personal safety. Finally, if you’re the type that regularly runs their fuel level down until the light comes on, you will run the risk of causing the fuel pump to burn out. This can be an expensive repair for vehicle owners.

If you ever have any questions about how to get the most out of your vehicle, make an appointment to speak with a Team Gunther Kia product expert today.