A stock photo of a car's fuel gauge on empty.

What does an empty gas tank really mean?

How far will a Toyota car/truck/SUV go on empty? 

If you’ve ever unexpectedly run out of gas on the road, you will almost instantly remember that feeling. In our experience it feels like a combination of fear, shame and regret. Luckily, Toyota has joined several other automakers in providing drivers with a low fuel light to let them know that need to start looking for a place to fill the tank very soon. However, that hasn’t stopped people from asking our product experts, ‘How far will a Toyota car, truck or SUV go on empty?’ The exact numbers can depend on a lot of factors like the terrain being driving on and the overall health of the vehicle. However, our team of product experts has found a great website, www.tankonempty.com, that provides an average by individual model taken from crowd-sourced information. 

READ MORE: How good is the 2020 Toyota RAV4? 

Before we get into the meat of this information, it’s important to note something important. We’re all guilty of pushing the boundaries when it comes to filling up the gas tank. However, running the gas tank down to E on the fuel gauge regularly can cause some expensive problems, including burning out the fuel pump. Just about every automotive expert we’ve spoken with says that keeping at least a quarter tank at all times is a good idea. Click on the photos to learn more about each vehicle.

A rear right quarter photo of the 2020 Toyota Camry on the road.

Toyota Camry 

Best 2020 Fuel Economy:  
29 mpg city/41 mpg hwy. (4-cyl.) 
22 mpg city/33 mpg hwy. (V-6) 
Average Distance: 43.02 miles 

A left profile photo of the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

Toyota Corolla 

Best 2020 Fuel Economy:  
31 mpg city/40 mpg hwy. (2.0-L, CVT) 
30 mpg city/38 mpg hwy. (1.8-L, CVT) 
Average Distance: 44.84 miles 

An overhead photo of the 2020 Toyota RAV4 on the road.

Toyota RAV4 

Best 2020 Fuel Economy: 
28 mpg city/35 mpg hwy. (FWD) 
27 mpg city/34 mpg hwy. (AWD) 
Average Distance: 35.69 miles 

A front-right quarter photo of the 2020 Toyota Highlander in a photo studio.

Toyota Highlander 

Best 2020 Fuel Economy: 
21 mpg city/29 mpg hwy. (V-6, FWD) 
20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy. (V-6, AWD) 
Average Distance: 40.12 miles 

A head-on photo of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma driving through sand.

Toyota Tacoma 

Best 2020 Fuel Economy: 
20 mpg city/23 hwy. (4-Cyl, A/T, 4×2) 
19 mpg city/24 hwy. (V-6, A/T, 4×2) 
Average Distance: 39.15 miles 

Toyota Tundra 

Best 2020 Fuel Economy: 
13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy. (4×2) 
13 mpg city/17 mpg hwy. (4×4) 
Average Distance: 45.06 miles 

If you would like to learn more about any of these vehicles, make an appointment with a Serra Toyota of Decatur product expert today.