Diesel Trucks Vs. Gas Trucks

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Some full-sized pickup trucks allow customers to choose between gasoline and diesel engines. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, considerations worth weighing before making a purchase.

Models

  • The Ford F-Series, Dodge Ram Series, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are full-sized pickup trucks which come with a diesel option on some models. The Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan are gas-only trucks.

Engines

  • Ford sources its 6.4L V8 diesel from Navistar while Dodge also offers a 6.7L diesel V8, relying on Cummins to supply its model. Chevrolet/GMC uses a 6.6L V8 Duramax diesel from DMAX.

Fuel Economy

  • Diesels offer better fuel economy than similar sized gas models. Significantly higher diesel prices have narrowed fuel cost differences considerably.

Torque

  • Diesel engines have a torque advantage, which is noticed in acceleration and towing. Most super-duty crew cabs are equipped with diesels for that reason.

Price

  • Diesels cost thousands of dollars more than gasoline engines. Savings are realized due to better fuel economy and fewer parts. Gas engines must be tuned, diesels do not.

Longevity

  • Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines. That longer lifespan is usually factored in to justify its price premium.

References

  • Photo Credit DIESEL; image by Harald Soehngen from Fotolia.com
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