VW had to go and ruin
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.
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
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
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?