Deciding whether to opt for a gas- or diesel-fueled car can be a tough decision, according to BasilCars.com.
Diesel vehicles have a great resale value due to long-lasting dependability of the engines. A diesel engine vehicle costs about $5,000 more than the same gas-powered vehicle, however. It also costs more to maintain, but in the long run, diesel saves money thanks to better fuel economy.
Diesel is a great option for a truck that tows often or that travels many miles. A diesel engine offers more torque to the driveshaft, so it's must better than a gas-powered vehicle for towing.
Diesel engines get 30-35 percent better fuel economy than gas engines, according to Basil. Diesel engines also have no spark plugs or distributor caps, meaning no ignition tuneups are necessary. The engines are also built to last much longer than gas engines. Some diesel engines are still running after more than 900,000 miles.
The drawbacks of diesel are that repairs can be more costly than for similar gas-powered models. Diesel engines also tend to be louder than gas-powered engines.