Diesel vs. Gas Trucks

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Diesel Trucks


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Advantages of a Gas Engine Truck

Whether new or used, gas trucks are a very common choice among and drivers for good reason. Consider a gas truck if you’re into the following:

  • Horsepower/Acceleration: Good acceleration can help with a lot of tasks, and a gas engine tends to best a diesel engine on this front.
  • Maintenance Costs: Because gas engines are more common and their parts are everywhere, maintenance costs can be lower on a gas truck.
  • Fuel Availability: Any service station will be able to fill up your truck. This factor is important for many when weighing diesel vs. gas truck pros and cons.

Advantages of a Diesel Engine Truck

Diesel vs. gas truck pros and cons have changed over the years thanks to great new diesel engines available around the area. Here are some reasons to buy a diesel truck:

  • Towing: Diesel engines are capable of producing more torque than gas engines, so you’ll find better max towing capacities on trucks with diesel engines.
  • Fuel Efficiency: One big advantage of diesel engines is higher fuel economy. You’ll have to weigh those benefits against more difficult fill-ups in certain places that don’t have capable service stations.
  • Longevity: Although diesel parts aren’t as readily available as gas engine parts, diesel engines have more simple mechanics, so they tend to have more staying power.

When thinking about diesel vs. gas truck pros and cons, it’s useful to remember that both are internal combustion engines. However, diesel trucks compress air at a higher ratio than gas trucks, so they can ignite more often without the help of traditional spark plugs.

Find Your Next Truck at Sam Leman Automotive Group

Sam Leman Automotive Group is proud to help Bloomington, Morton, Peoria drivers with a wide variety of vehicle specials on both diesel and gas trucks. If you want to know more about which is right for you, contact us and get inside your next truck. We’re ready to tell you all about the RAM 1500 towing capacity, help you explore the cost of lifting your truck, and more, so come see us today!


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