Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: What’s the Difference?

If you’re like many drivers in the Round Rock area that have a truck or may be looking to purchase one, you might be wondering what the difference is between a diesel vs. gas truck. Luckily, the service department at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has you covered. We’ll walk you through all of the diesel vs. gas truck pros and cons to help you decide which truck type would be better for you.



Reasons to Choose a Diesel Truck

  • Torque: Diesel trucks are known for pushing out significantly more torque than gas trucks. This results in heavier towing capacities for tougher Cedar Park jobs.
  • Fuel Economy: Diesel engines tend to be more fuel-efficient than gas trucks even though diesel fuel can be slightly more expensive. But, you reduce the number of times you have to stop to fill up with diesel, so it evens out.
  • Lifespan: Due to their simpler construction and stronger engine blocks, diesel engines tend to last longer than gas engines. A well maintained diesel engine can keep your truck going for over 500,000 miles.

Reasons to Choose a Gas Truck

  • Horsepower: While diesel engines offer more torque for hauling, gas engines crank out more horsepower and acceleration, which leads to higher speeds on the Georgetown roads.
  • More Fueling Options: Not every gas station offers diesel fuel, so you’ll have to spend less time finding the right gas station if you have a gas truck.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs: Due to diesel engines’ heavy-duty and hard-to-find parts, service repairs can sometimes cost more than gas truck repairs.

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Technical Comparison

The main difference between a diesel truck vs. gas truck is the technical aspect of the two vehicles. Here are some things to consider when comparing the two:

  • Gas and diesel engines are internal combustion engines, meaning that the engine turns fuel into energy inside the engine itself. An external engine would be if heat is produced in one spot and routed to a different spot in the engine.
  • Gas trucks compress air and fuel at a ratio of about 10:1. Diesel trucks compress their own air and fuel at a ratio between 15:1 and 25:1. Since diesel engines have a much hotter cylinder, they are able to self-ignite and don’t need a spark plug.
  • An engine’s efficiency is determined by the difference between its maximum hot and cold temperatures. Higher compressions ratios allow for a smaller temperature difference. This accounts for the diesel engine’s better fuel economy.

Choose a Diesel or Gas Truck at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Now that you know the diesel vs. gas truck pros and cons, you can make your own decision when you visit Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We’re located in Austin, but you can contact us online or schedule a visit with our service department for all of your truck maintenance and service needs.

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