Diesel vs. Gas Trucks

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When it comes to choosing the perfect pickup for your everyday tasks or heavy-duty hauls on your Humble job sites, you have more choices than ever. With the recent increase of diesel pickup truck options on the market, you’ll need to decide between a gas or diesel engine. That’s in addition to choosing a brand, model, and trim level – plus any upgrade packages and other optional features your Sugar Land jobs require.

When it comes to the advantages of a diesel vs. gas truck, the right choice ultimately depends on the kind of work you need your truck to do. Below, we’ll break down some key diesel vs. gas trucks pros and cons to help you make the call.

Which Pickup Truck is Right for You?

More torque makes diesel a smart choice if your job site demands concentrated power for tough towing, hauling, and commercial transport. Diesel will also save you money on gas if you’re often riding long stretches of highway between Houston and Cypress jobs. Gas has the advantage when it comes to horsepower, so it’s a good choice if you need a truck that can accelerate on a dime and make quick work of a crowded roadway. Check out a few more advantages of each.

Why Choose Diesel Trucks?

  • Torque and Towing: One look at the pickup truck rankings will tell you that class-leading torque specs tend to come from diesel engines. Torque is the twisting force required for heavy-duty hauling and towing jobs, and diesel engines are able to generate more torque than their non-diesel counterparts.
  • Fuel Economy: Although diesel fuel can be more expensive than traditional gasoline, diesel engines are far more efficient – especially at higher speeds.
  • Longevity: Diesel engines are simpler and easier to maintain than gas-powered engines. For this reason and others, many diesel engines run into less complications, require less repairs, and last longer overall.

Why Choose Gas Trucks?

  • Acceleration and Horsepower: While diesel takes the prize for torque, gas trucks win on horsepower. That translates to higher speeds and more satisfying acceleration on the road.
  • Easier Fueling: Gas trucks remain more popular than diesel with the help of one simple fact: It’s often easier to find gasoline filling stations than it is to find diesel fuel. If you’re often working in unfamiliar parts of Sugar Land, you’ll probably find a gas truck more convenient. However, fueling up with diesel may get easier as diesel pickup trucks gain popularity in Humble.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs: You might expect that the simpler diesel engines entail lower maintenance costs than gas engines. However, while it’s true that diesel engines have fewer problems, they’re much more expensive to fix when something does go wrong. Costs tend to even out in the long term, but if you’re concerned about short-term repair costs, a gas truck costs less.

Try Out Gas and Diesel Pickup Trucks in Houston!

We’re proud to serve Humble and Sugar Land drivers with quality service, fair prices, and a wide variety of pickup trucks for your personal and commercial use. Browse our inventory to find your favorite trucks, like a diesel-powered RAM model or Chassis Cab. Our team is happy to provide more info and help you choose your RAM 1500 cab style. When you’re ready to get behind the wheel, reach out to schedule a test drive today! Curious about powerful truck upfits? Discover the cost to lift a truck with Northwest Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram!

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