The Difference Between Diesel and Gas Trucks

Gas and diesel trucks may look the same on the outside but their inside systems are quite different. When comparing the two, it can be hard to know the difference between Diesel and Gas. When deciding which type of truck is for you, it is important to weigh the differences. Each one has positives and limitations over the other. There are no clear answers as to which type of truck is better than the other. Here are some differences to help make your decision easier. 


When considering the different types of fuel for both types of trucks, it is important to keep in mind the price of the fuel and the mileage capabilities. Diesel trucks usually have better fuel mileage than gas powered trucks, but you may have to go up to 150,000 miles before the cost-benefit will make up for the initial price. Diesel fuel is usually more expensive than gas, but diesel fuel has more energy then gasoline which helps you to drive further distances on less fuel. Diesel trucks will ultimately pay less per year for fuel than a gas powered truck. 

Truck Maintenance

Typically, diesel fuel engines will last longer than gas powered engines because the diesel fuel is an easier oil on the engine than a gas. Diesel fuel also naturally lubricates the engine when burned to help keep the engine in better condition. A diesel engine only turns half the amount of revolutions as a gas powered engine. This will help the diesel engine to have a longer life expectancy than a gas powered engine. Though the diesel engine itself will last longer, the prices to repair diesel trucks are usually more costly than gas trucks, especially with age. Gas powered trucks will typically have to go into the shop less than diesel trucks making the maintenance expenses for gas trucks cheaper. 

Truck Capabilities 

Depending on what you plan to use the truck for, different capabilities will be more important to you than others. If you are planning to use your truck as a work truck, you’ll want to make sure that your truck has great towing capabilities. Diesel trucks have a torque advantage which is much better suited for towing heavy loads than a gas powered truck. Another key feature in diesel trucks is the integrated exhaust brake. This helps reduce stress on the braking system to keep it from overheating. Diesel trucks have exceptional MPG. If you typically have to drive further distances for work, this is an attractive option for you. With the larger towing capacity, diesel trucks are the better option for heavy duty jobs. 

Which Option is Best For You? 

If you plan on driving shorter distances and hauling lighter loads, a gas truck would be the best option for you. If you plan to travel far distances and carry heavy duty loads, a diesel truck would be the best option for you. Whether you are looking to rent a work truck that uses gas or a work truck that uses diesel, Barco Rent-A-Truck is here to help you with your heavy duty truck needs. 

Author: Brandon Park