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Diesel vs. Gas: What’s Best for Trucks?

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Every truck owner has to make the decision of whether they prefer diesel or gas.

Power. Durability. Grit. These are common words that are associated with trucks, and that’s for good reason. Trucks are used every day for some of the toughest jobs in the world. In order to keep these beasts running smoothly, some drivers have concerns about which type of fuel to use on a daily basis. The common concern is the battle of diesel vs. gas as the best option.

Fuel Efficiency

Right off the bat, diesel wins in the category of fuel efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Diesel engines outperform gasoline engines in fuel economy by over thirty percent because diesel engines burn less fuel while operating. Additionally, diesel fuel has a high energy density and therefore less fuel is needed overall to create the same amount of power as gas.

Cost

Next, we get to cost. Unfortunately, everything isn’t perfect for diesel engines. The cost of diesel is usually higher than that of its gasoline counterpart. Although overall gas prices have gone down in recent years, diesel still remains about ten to fifteen cents higher than regular gas.

Environment

Initially, you may think diesel is less environmentally friendly. Historically, this has been true, but thanks to EPA diesel emissions requirements that went into effect in 2010, the emissions of both regular gasoline and diesel have been almost the same since then. This section ends in a tie between the two.

Making the decision between diesel and gas may be something to seriously consider based on what you’ll be doing with your truck, so be sure to keep all factors in mind when choosing. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us here at Corwin Dodge Ram.