Trucks are a popular vehicle choice in the Rocky Mountains of the West due to their practicality. For one, they have higher ground clearance and 4-wheel drive, making navigating over rough terrain and snow a breeze. However, drivers still must ask which fuel type is better: gas or diesel?
Before considering your options, it is important to note that each has their pros and cons.
First is the cost. Between the two, a gas-engine truck is cheaper than those with diesel engines. On the other hand, diesel has more advantage than gas-engine trucks in terms of fuel economy. One reason is due to emissions regulation where diesel trucks need regular top-ups of diesel exhaust fluid.
In terms of resale value and depreciation, diesel gains yet another advantage over gas. Trucks with diesel engine are said to last longer than gasoline counterparts. Likewise, diesel trucks hold their value better and depreciate less than a gas.
While both gas- and diesel-powered trucks have towing capabilities, the latter does the job better than the former due to its torque, which can pull more weight than gas.
In terms of maintenance costs, diesel trucks are more costly to maintain than gas, which gives the latter the advantage. This is because diesel itself is more expensive and various requirements needed than gas.
So, which of the two is better? The answer depends on what you will be using your truck for, how long and how often you will use it, whether you will use it to tow heavy loads.