Dear Truck Trend,
I keep wondering what the hype is about wanting a diesel engine in light-duty trucks or SUVs. I have been around diesels for many years, and to me they are dirty, noisy, and smelly. As for fuel economy, you pay thousands of dollars just for the diesel engine, and it takes a long time to recover your cost. If you are going somewhere important and you get one drop of diesel on you, you will smell for the rest of the day. I understand if you need power to tow a large RV, or a large livestock or oil field trailer with larger F-250 Fords or 2500 Chevrolets. If you need more power in ½-ton pickups, get the F-150 with an EcoBoost engine. For me, it has way outperformed any V-8 Ford, Chevrolet, or Toyota that I have had.
Yes, there are downsides to owning a diesel-powered vehicle. However, I'm a big fan of diesels, and I don't mind what I consider to be minor trade-offs. While I agree that diesels from the past were dirty and smelled bad, diesel technology has come quite a long way in the last 10 years. Another thing to remember about diesels is that they aren't solely about having plenty of low-end torque to help when towing -- even though that is a huge advantage. Fuel economy is such a huge part of why people like diesel so much that those who own cars such as Volkswagens and Mercedes-Benzes (and soon smaller Chevrolet sedans) swear by diesels. They are so much quieter and cleaner than they were in the past! But I agree with you on some of your points. The price of a diesel engine is often a deal-breaker for shoppers, but if you know you plan on holding on to your truck for a while, it can be worth the investment. It would be nice to see the price of the diesel engine option come down. And one of the biggest shortcomings of living with a diesel-powered vehicle is dealing with diesel fuel stations. Some of them are still somewhat antiquated, and it's very easy to spill diesel fuel on your hands or jeans. While the tradeoffs are worth it for me, and other diesel fans out there, it doesn't mean diesel vehicles are for everyone. And Ford's EcoBoost is an excellent alternative.
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