When you’re shopping around for an exceptional pickup, there are tons of factors to consider. One of the most important is whether to choose a traditional gasoline engine or a diesel variant. Both have unique benefits, so here’s a simple guide to help you make an informed decision.
At their core, gasoline and diesel engines operate very similarly. The main difference is in each fuel’s chemistry. In essence, diesel has a higher overall energy content than gas, so it combusts when it comes in contact with compressed air — which is gains heat when under pressure — negating the need for a spark plug. Gas, meanwhile, requires a plug to ignite. Ultimately, that translates to increased efficiency, but a decrease in hauling capability when compared to a gasoline engine.
Using 2020 trucks as a point of reference, it’s clear that gasoline engines have plenty of advantages. The Ford F-150’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost®, for instance, provides 375 horsepower and a best-in-class gas torque rating of 470 lb-ft, while its available high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® blasts out range-topping figures in both horsepower and torque— 450 and 510 lb-ft, respectively.*
The biggest thing that diesel engines have going for them is their efficiency and longevity. Since the unique fuel type tends to burn cleaner, diesel trucks tend to earn higher fuel economy numbers — especially on longer drives. The F-150’s 3.0-liter Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel engine even scored an impressive EPA-estimated 29 mpg on the highway.** That’s not to say that they skimp on power, as the 2020 Ford Super Duty’s available 6.7-liter Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel V8 generates a staggering 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-feet of torque.
Some experts also suggest that — due in large part to the low number of moving parts involved cleaner burn — diesel engines often last longer than gas models and require less frequent maintenance.
Ultimately, which type of engine you choose for your new Ford truck depends on your individual needs. To learn more, visit us at Tropical Ford and see our inventory for yourself.
*When properly configured. Class is Full-Size Pickups under 8,500 lbs. GVWR.
**EPA-estimated rating of 21 city/29/hwy/24 combined mpg, 3.0L Power Stroke Diesel 4x2. Actual mileage will vary