Diesel vs. Gas Trucks

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Let’s do just a quick overview of diesel vs. gas trucks before getting into the details. Just because it’s a large, heavy-duty truck doesn’t mean it has a diesel engine. And just because you tow a 16,000-lb fifth wheel across the country doesn’t mean you have to get a diesel. But diesel trucks generally cost more, last longer, and have better towing capacities than gas.

Power and Torque

Torque is the engine’s twisting capability needed to pull heavy loads. Diesel engines produce more torque which means higher towing capacities compared to gas engines. This also means a smoother ride when towing heavy loads like a boat or trailer. Diesel engines also produce their peak torque at much lower RPM’s. This means that getting going and holding speed the engine will not need to to downshift as much.

Fuel Economy

Diesel trucks tend to have better fuel economy because the engine can work without strain. They have more torque, which enhances fuel efficiency.

Cost of Fuel

Diesel fuel comes at a higher price than gas on average. Typically it’s anywhere from 20 to 40 cents more in most places around the country. This should factor into your decision, especially if you plan to travel often.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Diesel?

The capabilities and longevity weigh in as the biggest advantages of owning a diesel truck. You can do more with a diesel without worrying about how much strain you put on the vehicle. And with diesel engines lasting 200,000 and 300,000 miles sometimes, you don’t have to pay for another truck anytime soon if you take good care of the one you have.

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