What Is the Average Size of an Automobile Gas Tank?

by Meg Michelle

The amount of gas a car's tank can hold is an important piece of knowledge for every car owner or buyer. It helps you calculate gas mileage for a long trip or simply choose which car is best for you.

Compact Cars

There are a wide range of gas tank sizes.

The 2010 models of compact cars have a wide range of tank sizes. The Mazda 3 can have a tank as large as 15.9 gallons or as small as 14.9, depending on the model. The Honda Civic tank holds 13.2 gallons. Other common cars include the Hyundai Elantra, which is listed at 14 gallons, and the Ford Focus, which has a 13.5-gallon tank.

Sedans

The most common size of a 2010 sedan tank is 18.5 gallons.

The most common size of a 2010 sedan tank is 18.5 gallons. According to the manufacturer's websites, the Mazda 6, Hyundai Sonata, and Honda Accord all have an 18.5 gallon tank. Some sedan tanks are slightly larger, like the Ford Taurus at 19 gallon.

SUVs

Tanks of SUVs come in a range of different sizes.

Because SUVs come in so many different sizes, it is difficult to assume an average size of a gas tank. Even within the same company, 2010 SUV gas tanks can vary greatly. For example, Ford's small SUV, the Escape, holds 16.5 gallons, but its much large Expedition holds from 28 to 33.5 gallons, depending on the model.

Trucks

Trucks typically have larger gas tanks.

Like those in SUVs, the gas tanks on 2010 trucks vary widely depending on the size of the vehicle, though the industry standard is at around 26 gallons. Both the Ford F-150 and Chevy Silverado are right on the 26-gallon mark. Ford Super Duty truck tanks range from 26 to 37.5 gallons, and Dodge Ram trucks varies from 34 to 38 gallons.

About the Author

An avid lover of science and health, Meg Michelle began writing professionally about science and fitness in 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Creighton University and master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins. Her work has appeared in publications such as EARTH Magazine.

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