Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Pros and Cons

Whether you’ve got your eye on a brand new 2020 RAM 1500, or an off-road ready lifted truck, there’s certainly a lot to consider before driving home in the truck of your dreams! One of the most common questions truck shoppers have is whether it’s better to opt for a diesel or gas truck. Take a look at our guide to determine which model is best for your particular needs:




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When to Choose a Diesel Truck

  • Towing: Your average diesel truck is going to have much more to offer in both torque and towing capacity, which makes diesel a fantastic option for your work truck.
  • Gas Mileage: Diesel fuel may be a little more costly than traditional gas, but you’ll get quite a bit more miles out of every tank – which means fewer (and cheaper!) trips to the pump. This is especially true for RAM 1500 EcoDiesel models.
  • Longevity: Diesel engines are simpler in design, which means there are fewer moving parts to cause problems. That translates to a longer lifespan for your truck.

When to Choose a Gas Truck

  • Horsepower: Gas powered trucks have the advantage when it comes to both acceleration and horsepower.
  • Convenience: It’s easier to find a gas station with traditional gasoline. You might need to search a bit to find a diesel option.
  • Maintenance: Gas engines are more common and easier for technicians to service. That means lower maintenance costs overall.

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Pros and Cons

You know the basics about diesel vs. gas trucks, but what if you’re after more advanced criteria?

  • Combustion: Both models utilize internal combustion engines, so you’re dealing with similar technology in either model.
  • Compression: Diesel engines have a typical compression ratio of 15:1 and 25:1, which is higher than the gas engine’s 10:1 ratio. Diesel engines have enough pressure to self-ignite without spark plugs.
  • Temperature: Diesel engines utilize fuel more efficiently due to the smaller difference between maximum hot and cold temperatures in the engine cycle.

Find Out More with Clear Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT

Between diesel vs. gas trucks, which is better? It really depends on your personal needs. Whether you’re stopping by from Clear Lake or Houston, stop by  Clear Lake Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT to learn even more about diesel vs. gas trucks pros and cons. We’re conveniently located in Webster, and offer a large selection of gas and diesel new and used trucks!

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