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Better Economy or Bigger Tank?

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, News by MrAngry | September 30th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Large Fuel Tank

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy a performance car that got 500 miles to a tank of fuel, or an SUV that could go for 700? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one that wishes every car made came with a bigger fuel tank. Right now the average size of a tank for a mid-sized to large car is 16-19 gallons. Automakers choose these sizes because their goal is for you (the consumer) to get about 300 miles in combined driving out of a fill-up. That means that whether you drive a Prius or a Ferrari, you’re still going to the pumps after about 5 hours of driving. Sure, some cars (diesels especially) will pull more, but for the majority of us that means hitting the pumps at least once a week. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand automakers are restricted by space, safety regulations and performance, but wouldn’t it be great to only have to fill up once a month? Who knows, maybe I’m going about it all wrong and should simply buy a clean diesel. The fact of the matter is though, I want to know how I can get my performance and range in one happy little package.

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3 Responses

  1. Jim says:

    With as fast as gas goes bad, no thanks on the bigger fuel tank. Going to the pump every two weeks is fine unless they make gas last longer.

  2. Dylan says:

    Jim: Gas can actually sit for a fairly long time. I’ve gone over a month without filling up my weekend cruiser and been just fine.

    As for the actual article. If you really wanted it, you can install a long range fuel tank, either in your trunk or mounted somewhere creative. I know the ones for the Jeeps are 38 gallons.

  3. Set says:

    I’ve never seen a long range tank for my jeep…

    My Beetle does 600-700 miles to the tank. I can’t complain about its range.