Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: What Is the Difference?

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks Pros and Cons

As drivers in the Glenwood Springs area shop for a new Ford, they may be wondering: What is the difference between diesel vs. gas trucks? Don’t worry – Columbine Ford has you covered. Check out this guide to discover the benefits and drawbacks of each type of engine, so that you conquer your Rifle drives with the engine you prefer.


Why Choose a Diesel Truck?

  • Torque and Towing: More often than not, diesel trucks produce considerably more torque than gas-powered trucks. That typically translates into greater towing capacities, even when the gas engine is a similar size!.
  • Fuel Economy: Diesel fuel can sometimes be more expensive, but diesel engines are usually more efficient than gas engines, meaning the savings are still there.
  • Longevity: There’s evidence that suggests that diesel engines can last much longer than gas engines. For the most part, that’s because diesel engines are made stronger and in a more simple manner. In fact, a well-maintained diesel engine can provide power for more than 500,000 miles, in some cases.

Why Choose a Gas Truck?

  • Acceleration and Horsepower: Diesel engines may provide more torque, but Grand Junction-area drivers who use their truck on a daily basis may find the better horsepower and acceleration from gas engines more appealing.
  • More Fueling Stations: When you set out from Craig on a long journey behind the wheel of a gas-powered truck, you won’t have to worry about where you’ll fill up on gas. Not every gas station offers diesel fuel, though, which may end up as a problem.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs: Diesel engines don’t have spark plugs, and they’re more simply designed. As such, it’s often assumed that they’re cheaper to maintain. However, diesel engines rely on heavy-duty and hard-to-find parts, which means service and repairs might be more costly.

Technical Comparison: Gas and Diesel Engines

Wondering why there is such a significant difference between gas and diesel engines? Consider these technical points as you make your decision.

  • Gas and diesel engines are similar in that they are classified as internal combustion engines, meaning they turn fuel into energy within the engine itself. External combustion engines, on the other hand, produce heat elsewhere and route it to the engine.
  • Gas-powered trucks typically compress air and fuel at a 10:1 ratio, while diesel-powered trucks do the same at a rate between 15:1 and 25:1. Given the higher ratios, diesel cylinders are much hotter, and diesel fuel is self-igniting, so spark plugs aren’t necessary.
  • Curious as to why diesel engines achieve higher fuel economy returns? Efficiency is partially determined by the relative difference between an engine’s maximum hot and cold temperatures. When there’s a higher compression ratio, there’s a smaller temperature difference. This contributes to the diesel engine’s superior efficiency.
Diesel Trucks vs. Gas Trucks
Internal Combustion Engine Type Internal Combustion
Advantage Efficiency Disadvantage
Disadvantage Maintenance Costs Advantage
Disadvantage Acceleration Advantage
Advantage Torque / Towing Power Disadvantage
No Requires Spark Plugs Yes


Compare a Diesel vs. Gas Truck In Person!

When you shop at Columbine Ford, you can take your pick from a variety of gas and diesel trucks, including the new F-150. Already know which you prefer? Apply for financing online before visiting the dealership! Still unsure whether you want to drive a gas or diesel truck, or need help deciding if a used car is right for you? Get in touch with us with any questions! You can also see how the Ford F-150 compares to the Chevy Silverado 1500 for further reference.

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