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Should I Get a Gas-Powered Engine or a Diesel-Powered Engine?By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Powertrain on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 8:00 am
Gas Engines vs Diesel Engines
Diesel engines are no longer just for large trucks and other commercial vehicles. Instead, diesel engines are now found in more and more smaller trucks, SUVs and cars, leading many to wonder whether they should purchase a model with a diesel engine or a standard gasoline engine. That’s why we decided to look at regular gas engines versus diesel engines, so read on to find out which is right for you.
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Pros and Cons of Diesel Engines
Everyone knows what they’re getting with a standard gasoline engine, since that’s all that was available for such a long time. So, instead, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of a diesel engine, which will help you decide whether you want a diesel model – like the new 2018 Ford F-150 Diesel – or a standard gasoline model. For starters, diesel engines get much better gas mileage than standard gas engines, leading to big savings at the pump. Those savings used to be even greater, as diesel used to cost much less than gas, but that’s not really the case anymore. Diesel engines also help you save on maintenance costs, as diesel powertrains don’t need spark plugs or distributors and tend to last longer between needed repairs than gas engines. You will still have to regularly change the oil and your filters, however, and when things do go wrong, diesel repairs often cost more than standard repairs. In terms of power, it’s somewhat of a wash. Diesel engines tend to provide much more torque, while gas engines tend to provide much more horsepower.
If you’d like to know more about the differences between diesel and gas engines, or if you’d like to find out which new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs offer diesel options, please contact our staff here at Brandon Ford in Tampa, FL.