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Cost of Ownership: Gas vs. Diesel Comparison

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According to a University of Michigan study, owning a diesel vehicle will save you money. Revealed at the Alternative Clean Transportation Expo, the study’s results proved the following:

  • When comparing the gas version of a vehicle to a diesel version, the average total cost of ownership (TCO) was between $2,000- $5,000 less for diesel owners. Cost savings studied were over a 5-year period.
  • Out of the 12 cars studied, the lowest overall savings amount was $67 and the highest was $15,600.
  • Every diesel vehicle studied showed a fuel savings over the comparable gas model, with the most extreme difference clocking in at a 29% in savings.
  • The diesel models also proved better mileage than their gas counterparts, with an 8-44% higher mpg.
  • The study also showed that 11 of the 12 vehicles held their value higher than the gas model after a 3-year span.

Other Facts to Consider: Gas vs. Diesel Vehicles:

When considering a diesel vehicle, it’s important to keep in mind that they will probably be more expensive upfront than gas versions; this is due to a combination of less diesel vehicles being produced in the U.S. than gas vehicles, as well as our stringent emissions requirements.

2015-ford-superduty Also, according to fool.com, “as a rule of thumb, consumers should keep in mind that breakeven points could change significantly in favor of diesels if you do more highway driving than the excel model (that is, 45% of your miles), or drive significantly more miles overall (15,000).”

Ultimately, the biggest factor that comes into play when trying to decide between whether you should stick with a diesel or a gas vehicle, is how you plan to use it. Will you be towing large loads, or commuting an hour to work each day on the highway? Are you looking for better mpg or more torque?

For additional resources:
Check out Truck Trends article »
Explore CarsDirect’s comparison »
Read Torque News’ opinion on the 2016 Toyota Tacoma Gas Engine vs. Chevy Colorado Diesel – Fuel Costs Comparison »


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