VW had to go and ruin diesels for everyone. Even though the diesel car market wasn't exactly going like gangbusters here in America, they were at least starting to gain some traction. Cars like the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland EcoDiesel gave us hope, and even what was going to be the Mazda6 Diesel gave us dreams about a manual transmission diesel family car that would deliver both excellent fuel efficiency and gobs of torque. 

Cruze Diesel
The Chevy Cruze Diesel was fantastic, and at least Chevy plans on making one for the 2nd gen car.

But it was not to be, and the timing could not have been worse. Dieselgate hit us like a Mack truck, and it wasn't enough of a hurdle apparently to break free from the bad memories of diesel 18-wheelers blowing hot, dirty smoke into the atmosphere. Clean-burning diesel cars were faced with an almost vertical battle to make amends for one automaker's cardinal sins. Oh, the humanity.

But we still stand behind clean-burning diesel cars for the wonderment they are. Here are great reasons why we should give diesels a second chance (or third, depending on how you look at it). To stem the tidal wave of electric and hybrid cars, we're here to extol the virtues of the diesel in hopes that the negative view of them can be curtailed and perhaps even turned around. 

Audi R18
Audi's R18 Le Mans winner is powered by diesel for a reason. 

Diesel is Potent

Diesel engines benefit from high-torque diesel fuel, which equates to better acceleration and towing capability (diesel pickups have far more torque than their gas counterparts). An Audi A6 gets 258 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel version of the same car gets 428 lb-ft. The acceleration and power differences are palatable, and you'll appreciate the extra performance your diesel engine can extract from the equation.

Diesel is Clean and Quieter 

Remember the diesels of old? Loud, dirty and pretty much a huge turn-off. Well, these days it's all about technology and fuel upgrades. Clean-burning diesel doesn't produce thick black smoke that billows into the atmosphere. Instead, diesel fuel is now mandated to be ultra-low-sulfur and diesel engines happen to be far quieter than the ones we remember from the past thanks to engine technology that minimizes noise and vibration. In fact, you can barely hear the distinctive diesel clicking anymore.

Diesel Efficiency and Range Are Truly Impressive

Diesel vehicles consistently knock mileage numbers out of the park. A 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland EcoDiesel gets 30 mpg and a 730-mile range, burying its gas counterpart (25 mpg, 625-mile range). If you want to spends less time filling up at the gas station and more time on the road, diesel is the way to go. Hybrid and electric ranges don't even come close. 

Diesel Premiums Cost Less

If you want to upgrade to electric or hybrid over regular gas cars, the margin you'll pay over them is higher than that of diesel cars. So, if you don't mind paying more money for your hybrid or electric car, then by all means, do so. After all, those cars tend to get a higher environmental profile, so you will get noticed more. But if your quest for ideal mileage (and power) is desirable along with lower costs, diesel is the way to go.

Diesel Engines Last Longer

Due to higher combustion temperatures and compression ratios, diesel engine parts have to be built stronger and more robust, and diesel fuel has better lubricative properties than regular gas. The result? Engines that last twice as long as standard gas engines. How's that for a distinct advantage?