Guide to Diesel vs. Gas Trucks

2019 RAM 3500



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When you’re looking for a truck that can handle your toughest to-do’s, it’s important to weigh all your options. So what is the difference between diesel and gas trucks? Our team at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will help you decide which truck in our online inventory is best for your to-do lists. Read on to compare diesel vs. gas trucks with our team at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Westlake.

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Pros and Cons

There are many differences between diesel vs. gas trucks, but there are also several similarities. For example, both utilize internal combustion to create power. However, their ignition processes are completely different. Diesel truck engines compress air at a ratio between 15:1 and 25:1 and solely use pressure to ignite fuel. Meanwhile, gas-powered trucks compress air at a ratio around 10:1 and require spark plugs for ignition. This means that a diesel engine can self-ignite more easily, and they usually don’t need spark plugs to do so.

What are the Benefits of Diesel Trucks?

  • Torque and Towing: Diesel trucks are popular with drivers who need a lot of torque, and their higher towing capacities make them perfect as work trucks and transport vehicles.
  • Gas Mileage: Due to the lower engine temperatures, the diesel engine tends to be more efficient overall, as less energy is converted to heat, and more is turned into power.
  • Longevity: Diesel engines are relatively simple in design, and fewer moving parts means a longer lifespan compared to non-diesel alternatives.

What are the Benefits of Gas Trucks?

  • Acceleration and Horsepower: The diesel may have the advantage of torque, but the gas engine has the advantage when it comes to acceleration and horsepower.
  • Ease of Fueling: While looking for diesel fuel might be a pain in Lakeway, gasoline is readily available throughout the area.
  • Lower Maintenance: Diesel engines may be less complex, but they can be costly to maintain. Gas engines are more popular, so it’s much easier to receive maintenance and find parts.

Test Drive a New Pickup Today

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a new gas or diesel-powered truck at our Pflugerville-area dealership? We’ll help you find the perfect truck for your needs at Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have for our team. We can also help you see how RAM trucks stack up against the competition by comparing the RAM 1500 vs. Silverado 1500. We’ll help you find incredible capability with our vast truck inventory! Whether you choose gas or diesel, RAM 2500 or RAM 3500, you can make the most of your truck’s performance with a lift kit. Learn how to lift a truck with Covert Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today!

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