Size of Gas Tank in Full Sized Van?

I am making a savings plan for our end of the home-school year field trip. I am guessing a full sized van takes $100 to fill up. I am not sure, maybe more or maybe less. I would appreciate any help.


We are renting the van.


By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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March 8, 20120 found this helpful

If you are renting a van there should be a operating manual in the glove box. looking in the manual should tell you how much gas the tank will hold. If no manual call the dealer of the make and model of the van you are renting and ask them what the capacity of the gas tank is and what the milage per gallon is of the van. With that information you will be able to figure you gas cost and distance you can travel on a tank of gas.

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March 9, 20120 found this helpful

Hi Robyn from here in the Tri Cities, WA ;-) First call the place you're renting the van from and ask the year, model and make of the van and then do these two internet searches:


Type in "what size gas tank does a (your year, model and make) have" and you'll find oodles of links pop up that will show the size. In my case I didn't even have to open any links to find the size of tank for my 2000 Hyundai Elantra Wagon because they were listed under the link.

Next go to this link
and click on the year of your vehicle. Next click on the 'model'. It will then open to a page with all of the 'makes' and you will see how many miles per gallon your car gets.

Now figure how many total miles (to and from) your field trip will be. Divide those total miles by using the 'average' listed miles per gallon that you find at the link above for your vehicle. That will give you the number of gallons you will need. Once you know that then simply multiply those gallons by the current price per gallon of gas in your area.


I might not be explaining myself well so I'll use my car and make believe I am going on a trip somewhere that will be 200 miles round trip as an example:

My car has a 14.5 gallon capacity. It gets 21 MPG city, 27 MPG highway and the 'average' is 22 MPG. I am dividing 200 by 22 (MPG) which equals 9.09 (gallons). Gas currently in my area is $3.75 per gallon so I multiple that by 9.09 which equals a total of $34.08 for the trip.

To estimate how much an entire tank costs for any given car just multiply the tank capacity by how much gas per gallon is. My car would be 14.5 (tank capacity) multipied by $3.75 per gallon which is a total of $54.37 to fill from empty to topped off.

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March 10, 20120 found this helpful

Thank you all very much, I will start on that!

Blessings, Robyn

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