Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Which Is Right for You?

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Williston drivers may wonder if a gas or diesel engine vehicle is right for them. Depending on your needs, one may be better than the other. That’s why Ryan Chevrolet has put together a short guide to help you decide what type of engine you should choose.

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks Pros and Cons

Reasons to Choose a Diesel Truck

  • Torque and Towing – If you want optimal torque and towing capacity in your next truck, a diesel engine produces more of both than a gas engine. A diesel engine is a good option if you frequently take your vehicle to job sites and need it to be able to carry heavy loads.
  • Fuel Economy – Diesel engines are usually more fuel-efficient than gas engines, which means fewer stops for gas when you’re on the road to Bismarck. It tends to be more expensive than regular gas, but its fuel efficiency outways the cost for drivers who travel long distances.
  • Longevity – Evidence suggests that diesel engines last longer than gas engines, meaning it’s less likely to break down and need replacing. A diesel engine can last up to 500,000 miles without issues. But if you find you need a part replaced, make sure it’s OEM certified for the best quality and fit available.

Reasons to Choose a Gas Truck

  • Acceleration & Horsepower – Although diesel engines produce more torque and have a higher towing capacity, gas engines have more horsepower and better acceleration. For Belcourt drivers who need to keep up with traffic, a gas engine may be a better choice for them.
  • More Fueling Stations – Some gas stations do not sell diesel fuel, whereas all gas stations sell gas. With a gas engine, you won’t have to drive around New Town to find a gas station that sells diesel fuel.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs – Due to its simpler design and lack of spark plugs, some Stanley drivers mistakenly believe diesel engines are easier to maintain. However, diesel engines contain parts that are hard to find, translating to higher costs when you bring your vehicle in for maintenance. Gas engines, on the other hand, are less expensive to replace as their parts are easy to find.

Technical Comparison: Gas vs. Diesel Truck Engines

When you’re deciding between a diesel engine and a gas engine, it’s important to keep these things in mind:

  • Gas and diesel engines both have internal combustion engines, meaning that fuel turns into energy within the engine. An external combustion engine works by producing heat outside the engine and routing it to the engine.
  • Gas trucks tend to compress air and fuel at a ratio of roughly 10:1. Diesel trucks compress their own air/fuel mixture at a rate between 15:1 and 25:1. Because of a hotter cylinder, diesel engines are self-igniting, which means they don’t require spark plugs, whereas gas engines do.
  • The efficiency of any engine is determined in part by the relative difference between its maximum hot and cold temperatures. Higher compression ratios allow for a smaller min-max temperature difference, which accounts, in part, for the diesel engine’s greater fuel economy.

Compare Diesel vs. Gas Engine Trucks at Ryan Chevrolet!

Our staff at Ryan Chevrolet in Minot is here to help you choose the right engine for your needs, whether it be gas or diesel. We offer an array of new and used vehicles for %%target_city_6%% drivers to choose from. There are pros and cons to gas vs. diesel engines and vice versa, but it comes down to your particular performance needs. Contact us for advice on choosing the right vehicle for your lifestyle at Ryan Chevrolet!

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