If you're a new or aspiring truck owner and you're torn between getting a regular gasoline-powered truck or a diesel truck, then you might be wondering which one will give you more bang for your buck. We've heard (and answered) this question many, many times, and finally, want to put the matter to rest in a blog post. So, is a diesel-powered engine more efficient than a gasoline engine?
To answer the question simply, yes. Diesel engines are significantly more economical than traditional gasoline engines. According to a study conducted by The Motley Fool, diesel engines are more efficient in both the city and on the highway than gasoline-powered engines (24% and 29% more efficient, respectively). However, does this increased efficiency make the larger initial investment of purchasing a diesel vehicle worth it?
In case you weren't aware, diesel-powered vehicles are generally much more expensive than their gasoline-powered counterparts. That means while you'll be spending less money on gas, you'll need to do a lot of driving to actually make that efficiency worth it. However, if your job is that of a driver, or requires you to do a lot of highway driving in general, then it might definitely be worth it. You'll just have to weigh the risks and decide for yourself whether that's the case for you. However, just know that if you drive less than around 10K miles a year on average, then you won't be driving enough for your diesel investment to make any sort of financial sense.
However, an investment in a diesel engine does have other benefits, including overall durability and quality. Diesel engines are generally better made, more consistent, and produce better performance results than gas-powered engines. So if reliability is one of your concerns, then it might be worth shelling out the extra money to get not only the efficiency but the dependability that comes with investing in a diesel-powered vehicle.
If you want to know more about diesel vehicles, their efficiency, or whether it makes financial sense for you to invest in such a vehicle, we'd love to answer your questions or just service your vehicle as needed, so come on by!