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Old 03-27-2015, 12:48 PM
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The hemi was the better choice on that tow test, it was faster and more fuel efficent. The diesel had 6.1 mpg and the hemi was 7.3 mpg. Likely because the diesel couldnt maintain the speed of 60 mph they selected dropping down to 50 mph and they had to keep it floored the whole time. The hemi they could not keep it floored or it would have overshoot the 60 mph limit they selected, so they were not wide open the whole time. Also factor in the higher cost of diesel fuel.

Interesting up hill test would have liked to see another test with them continue up and down in high mountain territory with those loads over more miles.
Diesel fuel is actually quite a bit cheaper than gasoline now. At least in Southern California (SD). My local gas station has diesel at $2.89/gal vs gasoline 87 at $3.09/gal. Also a quick search online has the cheapest diesel in SD at $2.65/gal vs cheapest gas (87) in SD at $2.91/gal. ;-)

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Diesel fuel is actually quite a bit cheaper than gasoline now. At least in Southern California (SD). My local gas station has diesel at $2.89/gal vs gasoline 87 at $3.09/gal. Also a quick search online has the cheapest diesel in SD at $2.65/gal vs cheapest gas (87) in SD at $2.91/gal. ;-)
That's great if you are getting it for that price that's when you will really start to see appreciable differences in fuel cost. nationally the gap has closed a little I think nationally diesel was around 45 cents more last I checked. its very specific to your area though so you always have to factor that in if you are concerned and comparing fuel costs. for me diesel usually runs near a dollar more so there is no appreciable financial case for the diesel here you are buying it because you want it for other reasons. it is something to check the history of for your area when you are buying though, diesel set to the same price as gas is when those higher mpg on the diesel will have some financial meaning.
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That's great if you are getting it for that price that's when you will really start to see appreciable differences in fuel cost. nationally the gap has closed a little I think nationally diesel was around 45 cents more last I checked. its very specific to your area though so you always have to factor that in if you are concerned and comparing fuel costs. for me diesel usually runs near a dollar more so there is no appreciable financial case for the diesel here you are buying it because you want it for other reasons. it is something to check the history of for your area when you are buying though, diesel set to the same price as gas is when those higher mpg on the diesel will have some financial meaning.
Yeah, I actually searched a few other parts of the country after posting that and definitely saw that California was not the norm. Which is not surprising knowing how much they tax our gas here. It seems to me (even though I never really paid attention to diesel prices before I got one) that the diesel prices here in CA are way more stable than gas prices (which seem to fluctuate all the time). Especially when it comes to the summer prices, where I expect to see gas go up at the very least $0.50/gal (probably more like $1.00/gal) and I expect diesel will only go up a little during the same time period. I guess California is one of the few places you may actually recoup the extra upfront cost of the diesel fairly quickly.
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Phoenix gas $2.16 and diesel $2.22
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Phoenix gas $2.16 and diesel $2.22
$3.19 for diesel where I live. I'll be visiting Phoenix next week and will be sure to fill up when I'm there.
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