Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Pros and Cons

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Pros and Cons

Pickup trucks like the F-150 are designed to help drivers carry heavy loads and enjoy workhorse performance, but one important question is going to pose itself to every driver: should you choose a diesel or gas truck? With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick but comprehensive diesel vs. gas trucks pros and cons guide to show you where each option excels and help you choose between them.

Simply read through the benefits of each and ask yourself which fuel type best fits your needs.

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: What’s the Difference?

Many Atwater drivers find it useful to start with the technical differences between gas and diesel engines when they’re trying to make this decision, so let’s take a look.

Both are internal combustion engines that turn fuel into energy within the engine itself, but gas trucks generally compress air and fuel at a 10:1 ratio. Diesel trucks compress at between 15:1 and 25:1, which results in a much hotter cylinder. This means diesel fuel is self-igniting and no spark plugs are needed.

Why Should You Choose a Diesel Truck?

Reasons to choose a diesel truck include:

  • Added torque for considerably higher tow ratings compared against similarly sized gas models.
  • Lower fuel economy to minimize the number of stops you need to make around Turlock and help you save on fuel.
  • Exceptional durability to protect against breakdowns and replacements for years to come. A well-maintained diesel truck can go more than 500,000 miles before encountering serious issues.

Why Should You Choose a Gas Truck?

Reasons to choose a gas truck include:

  • Superior horsepower and acceleration to help you get up to speed and pass other vehicles faster as you cruise into Modesto.
  • More fueling stations to ensure you never have to worry about pulling up and finding no compatible filling pump.
  • Lower maintenance costs to help you keep down ongoing costs. Parts also tend to be easier to source for gas trucks.

Western Motors Merced Can Help You Pick Your Next Truck

Our team is dedicated to making the buying process easier whether you need help deciding between trucks or estimating your current vehicle’s trade-in value. For any further advice or assistance, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.


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