One of the strongest divisions between groups of Orlando used truck owners is the split between those who favor gasoline and those who prefer diesel fuel. Each side argues that there are more advantages to one versus the other. Who is right? Today, Gibson Truck World is giving you the ultimate truck showdown! We’ll cover fuel efficiency, cost to use, cost of fuel, and engine longevity.
A study from the U.S. Department of Energy concluded that diesel engines are 30 to 35 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline engines. This is due to the fact that diesel engines ignite themselves through injection based compressed combustion, which requires less fuel to accomplish the same thing that a spark ignition would. Diesel fuel is more fuel efficient.
Cost to Use
Sure, diesel is more fuel efficient, but to be able to take advantage of that you obviously need a diesel engine. These engines tend to be anywhere from five to eight thousand dollars more expensive than their gasoline counterparts, which is a tough barrier to get past for some. As emissions standards become more strict, diesel truck manufacturers have implemented new technologies which cost more.
Cost of Fuel
In addition to the cost of obtaining a diesel engine, diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline. Although this difference has decreased over the years, diesel is on average 14 cents more expensive per gallon than gasoline. This is due to the higher taxes and environmental regulations of diesel.
Diesel engines last a lot longer than gasoline engines. This is due to the fact that the method in which they work, through high-compression combustion, requires that they be built more solidly and with stronger materials than a regular gasoline engine. A diesel engine can last hundreds of thousands more miles than a gasoline engine.
As you can see, both of these fuels have their own pros and cons which impact the purchasing decision of Orlando used truck customers. At Gibson Truck World, we attempt to satisfy every consumer, which is why we give you options in both gasoline and diesel trucks. If you have any questions about which one is right for you, give us a ring at 407-321-0660 or visit us in person at 3455 South Orlando Drive in the heart of central Florida.