The best diesel cars and trucks

(iSeeCars) – If you visit a gas station, you will notice the special different colored pump marked “diesel”. You may have wondered how diesel fuel differs from gasoline and which vehicles run on diesel fuel. This article will note the differences between diesel and gasoline and highlight the best diesel cars on the market today.

Diesel Vs. Gasoline:

The basic difference between a diesel engine and a gasoline engine is that in a gasoline engine, fuel and air are mixed inside a combustion chamber and ignited by a spark plug. Modern diesel powertrains first compress air, which causes heat, and when fuel is added, combustion occurs without the use of a spark plug.

Diesel engines are generally heavier and more powerful than gasoline engines, giving them greater towing capacity, which is why they are commonly found in tractor-trailers. Diesel engines have less horsepower than their gasoline counterparts, but they have more lb-ft of torque to contribute to their towing prowess and off-road capability. In addition to tractor-trailers and pickup trucks, diesel engines can also be found in SUVs and crossovers when combined with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

Diesel vehicles are generally more fuel efficient than their petrol counterparts, although more efficient modern petrol engines are proliferating on diesels, especially in hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. A well-maintained diesel engine will generally last longer than a comparable gasoline engine. Diesel-powered vehicles are generally more expensive than the gasoline equivalent, while diesel fuel, once much cheaper per gallon than gasoline, is often comparable in price today.

Diesel engine options are no longer as common as they used to be, partly due to the negative publicity of the “Dieselgate” headlines when it was proven that Volkswagen’s TDIs had tricked the certification system of EPA emissions. Although there are many diesel SUVs and trucks to choose from, there are no new diesel passenger cars in production, but there are used versions that can be found in the market.

Best diesel cars:

Our three main diesel-powered cars – and there aren’t many late-model cars to choose from, because diesel engines seem to make more sense in trucks and SUVs – all come from European automakers, where diesel cars are very common due to the high cost of fuel. The full list of diesel engine cars shows many discontinued models in US markets, so new car versions are not available, but you can still find these models as used cars. The compact Chevrolet Cruze hatchback or sedan stands out as the only non-luxury vehicle to make the list.

Topping the list of diesel models with an 8.5 rating is the BMW 3 Series with the optional diesel engine, the 328d, as in ‘d’ for diesel. The car is much, much more popular overseas than it was in North America, and it’s hard to find. They use 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In second place is another diesel-powered BMW, the larger 5 Series with a 7.9 rating. The 535d comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic transmission that generates a total of 30 mpg. BMW dropped the diesel engine for 2019, but 2018 and earlier 3-Series and 5-Series versions are available with this engine.

Rounding out the top three is the Jaguar XF with a rating of 7.3. The optional Ingenium turbodiesel engine is a 2.0-liter with an eight-speed automatic transmission. You might have to look for one – they’re rare and were discontinued after the 2019 model year.

Best Diesel Cars
Rank Vehicle iSeeCars Quality Level Combined MPG
1 BMW 3 Series 8.5 36
2 BMW 5 Series 7.9 30
3 Jaguar XF 7.3 35
4 Jaguar XE N / A 36
5 Chevrolet Cruze N / A 37

Best Diesel SUVs

The best diesel SUVs start with two Jeep models, the 3.0-liter turbodiesel Wrangler Unlimited, with a score of 8.8, and the ecodiesel version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee at 8.3. Both are equipped with a turbo diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Mazda CX-5 comes next with a score of 8.3. The CX-5 is equipped with Skyactiv-D, introduced in the 2019 model year and featuring a 2.2-liter turbocharged engine connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with standard All-Wheel Drive (AWD).

Best Diesel SUVs
Rank Vehicle iSeeCars Quality Level Combined MPG Maximum power Maximum torque Towing capacity
1 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 8.8 29 260 442 3500
2 jeep grand cherokee 8.3 24 240 420 7400
3 Mazda CX-5 8.3 28 168 290 3500
4 Chevy Tahoe 8.2 24 277 460 8200
5 GMC Yukon 8.1 23 277 460 8200
6 Chevrolet Suburban 8.0 23 277 460 8000
seven GMC Terrain 8.0 32 137 240 1500
8 GMC Yukon XL 7.9 23 277 460 8100
9 Chevrolet Equinox 7.8 32 137 240 1500

Best Diesel Trucks

Of the 60 or so new 2021 and 2022 vehicles listed by the EPA’s website, 32 are pickup trucks, so you’ll have a healthy selection of new and used diesel-powered trucks.

Topping the list is the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the optional Duramax diesel and a score of 8.3. The turbomax diesel engine is available in the LT, RST, LTZ and High Country trim levels of the truck. The nearly identical GMC Sierra 1500, with a score of 8.2, comes in third place with the same transmission specs as the Chevy Silverado. The new models have a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder, with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both models increased their towing capacity by nearly 4,000 pounds for their 2022 redesign.

The Ford F150 with the optional diesel ranks second between the pair of GM trucks, also earning an 8.3 rating. later models are powered by a 3.0-litre Powerstroke turbo six-cylinder with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Powerstroke diesel engine was discontinued after the 2021 model year.

Best Diesel Pickups
Rank Vehicle iSeeCars Quality Level Combined MPG Maximum power Maximum torque Towing capacity
1 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 8.3 27 277 460 9,500
2 Ford F-150 8.3 23 250 440 12,100
3 GMC Sierra 1500 8.2 26 277 460 9,500
4 GMC-Canyon 8.0 23 186 369 7,700
5 Chevy Colorado 8.0 23 186 369 7,700
6 Ram Pickup 1500 7.9 26 260 480 12,560
seven Nissan Titan XD 6.5 18 400 413 11000

Conclusion :

If you want a diesel powered vehicle, these are the best diesel cars you can buy. Diesel engine vehicles achieve the best fuel economy compared to gasoline engines, and diesel trucks and SUVs can tow and haul significantly more than their base engines. Although new diesel passenger cars are no longer readily available in the US market, there are a number of diesel trucks and SUVs to choose from.

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