Many instances arise where I sit and think to myself, what really is the difference between a gasoline and a diesel powered engine? I promptly get distracted by another thought and move on, but I have never stopped wondering. I know that larger vehicles, such as semis, dump trucks, and construction vehicles, often use diesel fuel, but why? Why do many European countries use mostly diesel powered vehicles, while Americans continue to push for gasoline? It is really just a matter of opinion.
The reason that diesel fuel is used in many of the larger vehicles on the road is that diesel fuel actually produces a higher mileage per gallon. Diesel fuel is able to store more energy, making it more efficient per gallon than gasoline. European vehicles have been focusing on diesel fuel for years and years, and now that gasoline prices have begun to soar across the world, diesel is getting more publicity than ever. However, is it the right choice for you?
One brand that has been pushing the use of diesel vehicles is Mercedes-Benz. Every year, more and more Mercedes-Benz models are being released in the United State with diesel fuel capabilities, as Mercedes is a German company that is used to providing people with this power. Mileage can be more than 15% greater with a turbocharged diesel engine than a gasoline engine, making up for the slightly higher price per gallon of diesel fuel.
Diesel engines today also produce extremely low fuel emissions, a growing concern around the world for improved environmental health. Along with the ability to generate more torque, the case for the diesel engine is a good. However, don’t count gasoline out just yet.
Over the past few years, gasoline powered engines have been vastly improving. With the advancement in hybrid technology, gasoline’s life is getting even easier. More brands are coming out with hybrid versions of their vehicles, even Mercedes-Benz in its flagship S-Class models, to boost the power of gasoline in the market.
Gasoline engines are also much less expensive to tune up and repair. They require the use of less oil, which provides drivers with much more leeway in the “get an oil change every 3,000 miles or else” department, according to howstuffworks.com. Gasoline is also a cleaner burning engine and produces less noise and smell.
So what is it going to be? Diesel or gasoline? It really is up to you. There are pros and cons for both sides of the argument, and those loyal to one or the other will tell you to stay away from the alternate. Do some research, find the best option to fit your budget and your needs, and you are sure to make a good decisions regardless of which you choose.