Is Diesel Better Than Gasoline?

Both diesel and gasoline engines have advantages and disadvantages, but in some respects, diesel is better. It really depends on your driving situation, the vehicle you drive, and how important gas mileage is to you. Checkpoint Motors services both diesel and gasoline engines, and we’d like to offer three primary benefits of driving diesel to answer the titled question.

1. Better Fuel Consumption

The primary reason some people prefer diesel engines over gasoline engines is they get better fuel economy. In fact, some diesel engines even rival gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles for fuel economy and at many stations, diesel fuel is cheaper. Diesel fuel burns slower, so you get more mileage out of a full tank. Some drivers report getting as much as 35 percent more fuel economy out of their diesel engine, but on average, the savings is about 20 percent.

2. Long Commutes

This fuel economy translates well for those who have a long daily commute. As mentioned above, you will get more mileage out of full tank of diesel fuel. Over time, this translates to significant cost savings. In fact, some diesel engines, such as those found in the VW Jetta TDI and the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel can get up to 42 mpg and 46 mpg, respectively, on the highway. You will save money at the pump if you drive a diesel as opposed to a gasoline vehicle if you have a long commute.

3. Improved Towing Capability

If you haul things, a diesel engine provides better towing capability than a gasoline engine does. This is why semi-trucks are diesel. Diesel engines can handle heavy loads without an issue and one reason why is a diesel engine produces better torque. Better torque means the engine can work much harder without damage than a gasoline engine can. If you work in construction or another industry that requires you haul heavy loads, diesel is the way to go.

No matter what you drive, Checkpoint Motors can maintain and repair it. Our certified technicians have vast experience in both diesel and gasoline vehicles, so call us today to set up an appointment at our Oregon City, OR, shop.