Why Choose a Diesel-Powered Vehicle?

February 23rd, 2015 by

Chevy Diesel Engine

Advantages of Chevy Diesel Engines

Whenever most people think of diesel-powered engines, they think monstrous, rumbling eighteen wheelers that are built for long-haul trucking. Diesel engines, however, are no longer exclusive to big rigs and are now offered for many different vehicles including compact cars as a more fuel efficient, more powerful clean-energy engine option. In fact, you will find a wide variety of powerful and economical diesel engine options throughout the Chevy model lineup. There are several reasons why you might want to choose a diesel-powered vehicle, so we are highlighting the advantages of Chevy diesel engines at McCluskey Chevrolet.

Improved Fuel Economy and Efficiency

One of the primary advantages to choosing a diesel-powered vehicle is improved fuel economy and efficiency. When comparing a diesel engine to a similar gas-powered engine, you will often find that Chevy diesel models offer 25 to 30 percent better fuel efficiency. A premier example of this advantage is the 2015 Chevy Cruze equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel which will attain an EPA-estimated 46 mpg on the highway. This rating is one of the best on the road and will outperform competing models like the 2015 VW Jetta TDI Clean Diesel with ease. Improved fuel economy ratings are a result of more efficient fuel, as diesel fuel provides 15 percent more energy than gasoline, so you get more with less.

Increases in Torque

Diesel fuel is more stable than gasoline and so it can run at higher compression ratios. With compression rates ranging from 14:1 to 25:1, diesel-powered Chevy models produce significant increases in torque. Those increases translate directly to higher towing capacities, making diesel power an advantage for many trucks. This is a major benefit to models like the 2015 Chevy Colorado, which will receive a 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder engine later in 2015. The new Chevy Colorado diesel engine will increase the midsize truck’s already class-leading towing capacity and fuel efficiency.

Rugged and Reliable Chevy Diesel Engines

As we highlighted above, diesel engines run at higher compression ratios than their gas-powered counterparts. With more explosive compression ratios, Chevy diesel engines must be built to withstand the increases in power and torque. This leads to a longer lifespan for diesel-powered vehicles. Water-cooled diesel engines can go as long as 30,000 hours without major maintenance compared to 10,000 hours for gas engines. The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is a prime example of Chevy diesel models built to withstand hardship.

If you are looking for a new Chevy that provides improved fuel economy and efficiency, increases in torque and rugged reliability then diesel-powered models are an excellent option. Take a closer look at the advantages of Chevy diesel engines at McCluskey Chevrolet for a better understanding of the benefits of diesel. When you choose diesel models like the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Silverado 2500HD and future Chevy Colorado models, you won’t regret it. Stop in today and test drive one of our diesel-powered Chevy models at McCluskey Chevrolet.

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