Return of the Diesel: 5 New Cars That Will Make You Rethink Oil Burners
As fuel prices put a drain on the wallet, people are searching for a car with top fuel economy. This has led the auto industry to revisit the diesel motor. Here is a look at five new cars that will make you rethink oil burners:
2014 brings the first Chevy passenger car to include a diesel engine in almost three decades. It has a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that produces 151 horsepower. This model is based on the diesel models produced in Europe. This model includes a tough six-speed transmission. Cost will be approximately $25,200, but it receives much better fuel efficiency at 27 mpg in the city and 46 mph on the highway.
Audi has made a great expression to its lineup by offering various diesel vehicles. The newest additions are three 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel sedans. They supply great horsepower and have great fuel efficiency as well. The mid-size A6 TDI receives an estimated 29 mpg and starts at approximately $58,000. The A7 TDI receives the same fuel efficiency with a price of $69,000. The large A8 TDI receives 28 mpg combined and has a price of $82,500.
Another luxury car brand that is bringing back diesel motors is BMW. The 328d has a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that supplies 180 horsepower. It receives 37 mpg combined. The base model of this car will cost $39,525. The sportswagon model for families will cost approximately $43,875.
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep is introducing its newest return to a diesel engine with the latest Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Since Jeep is now aligned with Fiat, it is leaning on the experience of its parent company and introducing a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel to produce great horsepower and improved fuel economy. The new Grand Cherokee will receive 21 mpg in the city and 28 mph on the highway. This is rare for such a large 4WD SUV.
Although the Ram is a truck, it is light duty and comes with an EcoDiesel that may attract new car buyers. Dodge is the only manufacturer of a small full-size pickup. This vehicle uses the 1500 EcoDiesel 3.0-liter V6 turboidiesel engine. This clean diesel will provide 240 horsepower.
The above five vehicles are the latest to join the resurgence of the diesel engine. There are sure to be more diesel vehicles on the market shortly as the push for higher fuel economy increases. In the end, the heightened prices will be recovered trifold over the life of the vehicles.
If you have a diesel vehicle or are thinking of getting one, read this article on how long you can store diesel fuel.