A diesel engine will go much farther on a gallon

of fuel that the standard gasoline engine

because of their designs, and due to the higher

energy density of a gallon of diesel fuel. But,

it also takes a bit more oil to manufacture a

gallon of diesel than a gallon of gas, with

the production and refining processes for

diesel producing more gases that trap heat.

Therefore, when you consider the relative merits

of deisel and gas cars, try knocking the MPG

estimates for the diesel car down by 20 percent.

A diesel vehicle will cost you a bit more,

so you’ll get more bang for your buck from a

gasoline vehicle.

The nasty rumors you hear about diesel are

true as well – diesel is less refined than gas,

or in other terms it’s dirtier. Diesel

vehicles also emit more particulate matter and

NOx, both of which are serious health hazards

and air pollutants. Current diesel engines are

more polluting per each mile they are driven

than gas engines.

Using biodiesel on the other hand, will improve

this situation. If biodiesel is available in

your area, you’ll still need to examine

whether a diesel is the right vehicle for you.

When you consider the facts, you have to ask

yourself which models you can afford, what is

the MPG, will engine be succifient for you,

and the number of passengers the vehicle will

accommodate. Then, given your budget, you can

go from there.

There are numerous gas and diesel vehicles

available, all you have to do is decide which

one is right for you. If you research carefully,

you’ll have the perfect vehicle for your entire

family.

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