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The Main Differences Between Diesel and Gas Cars

When looking for a new car, you will have to consider a couple of things. Do you want a Sedan, Coupe, or SUV? Different trim and package options alongside different colors. But before all that, you have to choose between four options: Diesel, gas, hybrid, and electric. Hybrid and electric are self-explanatory, but what about diesel and gas? If you want to know the differences between the two, you are in the right place.

Combustion Process

Both diesel and gas cars have combustion engines. One operates with gas and the other with diesel, and that makes the process different. In gasoline engines, the fuel is mixed with air, compressed, and ignited. On the other hand, in diesel engines, the air is firstly compressed, so it becomes hot, and diesel fuel enters the mix, exploding because of the high temperature. This is the simple explanation of the difference between the gas and diesel combustion processes.

Horsepower and Torque

One big difference is the output of horsepower and torque. Horsepower measures power and torque - rotation force the engine provides. Torque is important if you are carrying heavy cargo or the vehicle itself is heavy, and diesel engines offer exactly that - lower HP but higher torque. Gas engines make a lot of horsepower and lesser torque, that's why they are put in some of the fastest cars.

Fuel Efficiency

Another big difference is in fuel efficiency. With diesel cars, they tend to have way better mile-per-gallon scores. This is because of two main reasons: the high compression ratio and the power density of diesel fuel. If you are looking for fewer visits to the gas station, diesel is the way to go.

Engine Durability

From the two, diesel engines are much more durable and have a longer life expectancy. The combustion process that happens inside needs a very strong and resistant engine. In addition to that, diesel fuel is a natural lubricant making it even better. Some reach 200,000-250,000 miles before needing big repairs.

Diesel And Gas Engine Repairs And Maintenance!
Our team at Edmonds Import Auto works with all engine makes and models, gasoline or diesel. Whatever the problem may be, we are here to help. Give us a call!



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