Diesel vs. Gas Trucks: Which is Right for You?

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When you’re shopping for a RAM truck for work or play in Middletown you’ll need to decide: diesel vs. gas trucks. What are the diesel vs. gas trucks pros and cons? Let Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM walk you through the differences in diesel vs. gas, so you can get an idea of the benefits of both, and which is the best bet for the way you drive. 

Diesel vs. Gas Trucks Pros and Cons

Reasons to Choose a Gas Truck

  • Acceleration & Horsepower – Diesel engines tend to offer more torque, but if you tend to stick to streets in New London, and you’re not towing, you might prefer better horsepower and acceleration specs.
  • More Fueling Stations – When you choose a gas-powered truck, it’s a little easier to find places to fuel it up, since not every gas station offers diesel fuel. 
  • Lower Maintenance Costs – Diesel engines have fewer parts, but the parts they do use tend to be heavier-duty. When it comes time to replace engine parts, the ones for a diesel truck might be harder to find and more expensive than what a conventional gasoline-powered engine uses. 

Reasons to Choose a Diesel Truck

  • Torque & Towing – Diesel trucks often generate considerably more torque than their gas-powered counterparts. They’re better-designed for towing and hauling. If you’re looking for a work truck with high towing capacity, a diesel-powered RAM truck is the way to go in Madison. 
  • Fuel Economy – Diesel engines tend to be more efficient than gas-powered ones. Even though diesel fuel can be a bit more expensive than conventional unleaded, it can be worth it if it means saving time by making fewer stops to refill the gas tank.
  • Longevity – Anecdotal and scientific evidence suggests that diesel engines can last much longer than comparable gas engines. This is due to their simpler construction and stronger engine blocks. A well-maintained diesel engine can power through more than 500,000 miles.

Compare a Diesel vs. Gas RAM Truck in Person!

With the diesel vs. gas truck pros and cons in mind, contact Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM to schedule a test drive of gas and diesel engine RAM trucks, so you can compare them side by side and learn more about being a fuel-efficient driver. When you’ve decided which is right for you in diesel vs. gas trucks, apply for financing to get started on the RAM-buying process.

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