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.
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.
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.
Diesels offer better fuel economy than similar sized gas models. Significantly higher diesel prices have narrowed fuel cost differences considerably.
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.
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.
Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines. That longer lifespan is usually factored in to justify its price premium.
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