Diesel vs. Regular Gasoline Engines

When it comes to choosing a reliable car or truck, the decision between a diesel or gasoline engine requires careful consideration and a lot of research. Diesel or gas, which is better? This is an age old question that has no clear answer because it depends on the needs of the driver. To help you get started on figuring out what kind of engine fits your needs best, here are some of the pros and cons of both diesel and gasoline engines:

Diesel Engine

Pros:

  • Diesel engines get great mileage; usually they deliver better fuel economy than similarly performing gasoline engines. Actually they can deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy.
  • Diesel fuel is one of the most efficient energy fuels available today. This is because it contains more usable energy than gasoline.
  • Diesel engines never need ignition tune-ups.
  • Diesel engines usually go much longer than gas-powered vehicles before they need to have big repairs.

Cons:

  • Diesel fuel now costs the same amount as gasoline, and sometimes can even cost more. Diesel fuel is also used for heating oil, commercial trucks, etc. which means the competition for diesel fuel is continuously growing, and will continue to rise, owing to that demand.
  • A diesel engine is stronger and more enduring than a gasoline-powered engine but it is also slower.
  • Diesel engines need regular maintenance to stay running.

Gasoline

Pros:

  • A diesel fuel engine makes sense if you are going to be doing 30,000 miles annually, but if you are going to be at or below 30,000 miles then a gasoline engine will be a better - lower cost choice.
  • A gas engine might be less expensive in the long run because diesel can be expensive per gallon.
  • When it comes to filling up, it's not hard to find somewhere that caters to your gas tank; that is not always the case with diesel.
  • A in terms of maintenance, a gasoline engine will not cost as much as a diesel one.

Cons:

  • Gasoline has a lower energy density than diesel fuel, this means that more fuel is needed to generate the same amount of power as gas - this is not good for fuel economy.
  • A gasoline engine won't last as long as a well-maintained diesel engine.
  • A diesel engine's exhaust system will last longer than a gas engine because gas is more corrosive.
  • Using a gasoline truck for heavy towing can decrease engine life and use up more gas.

Take a look at the pros and cons of both engines before you make your choice. You can also learn more about individual vehicles when you look more specifically. You can also view our current inventory of new vehicles once you have decided on the pros and cons you can comfortably live with.