Gas Vs. Diesel: Which is better?

If you’re in the market for a brand-new truck or off-road vehicle it’s likely that you’ve heard arguments on both sides as to whether or not you should be choosing gas or diesel. In this article, we are going to compare the two based on some of their winning traits. Be sure to choose the trait that you want most in a vehicle and decide which option would be more advantageous:

Maintenance Costs

If you are worried about the overall cost of the vehicle and maintenance costs over time it’s important to consider that any regular gas engine is likely going to be easier to maintain than a diesel engine. A diesel engine often requires more fuel filters, oil, and ongoing maintenance and this means more money that you have to put into your truck over time.

Durability and Longevity

The diesel engine often has heavier transmission components and an engine that is designed to handle more compression and torque than a traditional gasoline engine. Diesel engines also have a much lower operating speed compared to gasoline engines so that components can receive much less wear and tear. Your diesel engine can last longer than a traditional gasoline off-road vehicle.

Fuel Savings

Diesel is always superior when it comes to overall fuel economy. Even though gas engines have come a long way, if you’re going to be doing a lot of hard work with your vehicle like hauling heavy loads, diesel will offer a superior fuel economy.

Power and Towing

Diesel also offers a large advantage with torque and towing. If you’re looking for something that can tow a large trailer or boat, a diesel truck will always be superior.


Diesel components weigh substantially more than a gas engine and this makes them a little more difficult to handle for rock crawling or extreme off-road conditions.

Consider what you would like to purchase a brand-new truck for and remember that each version comes with its own advantages. Think about what you want to get out of your truck and consider what’s going to be best for you.

This post was written by Justin K, owner of Wheel Identity. Wheel Identity is Tampa Bay’s premier custom shop. We carry custom wheels in Tampa for every vehicle, custom suspension kits, and all accessories for the interior or exterior of your vehicle. We only hire highly trained technicians using state of the art equipment with experience in all areas of tire, wheel, suspension, and 4×4 needs.

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