I would like to know what are the advantages and disadvantages of a gasoline engine compared to a diesel engine in a van.
Manufacturers offer a wide range of mechanical choices in their vans, thus making it possible to reach a clientele with very varied needs. This year, only with the Ford F-150, there are no less than six mechanical options: the 3.3-liter V6, the 2.7-liter V6 Ecoboost, the 3.0-liter V6 Ecoboost, the 5.0-liter V8, as well as the 3.0-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel and hybrid powertrain. To this could also be added a supercharged version of the V6 Ecoboost attributed to the F-150 Raptor.
These different mechanical options are of course accompanied by different capacities, allowing the buyer to make a more informed choice according to his needs and desires.
Now, why the option of diesel over a gasoline engine? Obviously for fuel consumption, although gasoline V6s are increasingly economical at the pump. For example, in Ford’s case, a 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 burns about one L / 100 km more than diesel, in normal use. However, in a towing exercise, the consumption of the gasoline engine soars while that of the diesel engine, depending on the load, increases by a maximum of about 30%.
We must also attribute to the diesel engine the strength of its initial torque, making it very pleasant on a daily basis. An engine that never seems to force and that always offers optimized performance, regardless of the conditions. In return, depending on the version, you will pay a supplement varying from $ 2,000 to $ 7,000 to access the diesel engine, which is accompanied by maintenance costs practically doubled. Think about oil changes, but also urea liquid used for pollution control, which slightly increases operating costs. Then, depending on the time of year, it often happens that in Quebec, diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline.
That said, the diesel engine pays off over the miles. The more you ride, the more profitable it is. However, if you only drive 15,000 or 20,000 km per year, you might never find your account compared to a gasoline V6.