Diesel vs. Gas: All you need to know in 2022

Is it your first time buying a car? A first time car owner?

If yes, this article is for you. With this guide, you can finally decide which car is a good fit for you.

Who says shopping for a car these days is easy? It’s not. With a wide variety of cars in front of you, it can be very overwhelming to choose one. But don’t worry, you will definitely survive the process and drive your own dream car. Yes to positivity on your car hunting.

Let’s begin narrowing down your choices by considering the type of vehicle, gas or diesel powered.


The Ignition Method

Both engines use internal combustion but the ignition method differs. Gas engines rely on the use of spark plugs to ignite the fuel while diesel engines don’t. If the spark plug malfunctions or does not work, air-fuel compression will not happen, thus the car won’t start, or it gets stalled.

Diesel cars, on the other hand, depend on strong heat and compression to generate ignition. It does not use spark plugs. When the engine starts, it produces its own heat to maintain the

This is the most basic difference between a gas and diesel engine.


The Engine Power

When it comes to engine power, there are two terms you need to understand: torque and horsepower. So what are these two?

How do they differ?

When you say torque, it’s the amount of load your car’s engine can handle to start as it moves to and fro. So this means the higher the torque, the greater is your car’s capacity to do any task.  Horsepower as the name suggests, somehow resembles a horse kick. It is the amount of force required by the engine to move an object.

Compared to a gas-powered engine of the same size, a diesel-powered engine has higher torque but lesser horsepower so it is great for moving heavy loads, but takes more time to accelerate. Since a gasoline-powered engine has higher horsepower but lesser torque, it is perfect for driving conditions that requires better acceleration and conditions that doesn’t entail hauling much stuff.  


 The Fuel Price

For so many decades, diesel has always been cheaper than gas. You would definitely save money when driving a diesel powered car, years back.

But everything changed when the war between Russia and Ukraine started this 2022.

The Noise Emission

Do you hear the engine combustion while driving? Due to technological advancements in car manufacturing, it is now quieter to drive a modern diesel-powered car.  However, diesel engines create more noise when starting compared to gas. But because of modern innovations, their difference in terms of quiet and smooth driving is almost unnoticeable.


The Environmental Concerns

How do these cars affect the air that we breathe? Although diesel and gas powered cars have greatly improved throughout the years when it comes to emissions, diesel engines still produce more air pollutants while gas engines produce carbon monoxide, which is converted to Carbon Dioxide through modern exhaust sytems.


The Engine’s Longevity

How long will the engine last? Generally, gas-powered vehicles require major repair when it reaches 200,000 in mileage, while diesel cars can run for a million or more before it requires any crucial repair. This is because of the diesel engine’s design, oil properties, and combustion process.


So which one is better for you? Gasoline or diesel?

Before making a decision on what car to buy, it is best to consider not just your finances and the type of engine but also your lifestyle and the purpose of the vehicle you are planning to buy. Will you be using it going to work, to school or for business? What is the condition of the roads you pass on everyday? 

These are some of the questions you can ask yourself and reflect about. Along with your own research and study, you can always consult with an automotive expert.

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