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2014 VW Jetta TDI

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There are more diesel-powered cars available now than ever. Unfortunately, almost all of them are expensive cars. One of the few – one of the two – that’s not is VW’s Jetta TDI. Its only competition is the Chevy Cruze diesel, which is the only other diesel-powered sedan you can currently buy for less than…

2014 Mercedes-Benz E250

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Small engines can do big things . . . in not-little cars. If they’re turbo-diesels. And if the car is a new Mercedes E-Class sedan. The 2014 E250 sedan, to be precise. It’s a 4,200 pound luxury sled propelled by a teensy (2.1 liter) turbo-diesel four. The only such – and smallest such – engine in this class. It…

The Diesel Dilemma

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Diesel-powered cars could be the ticket – as far as giving us very high-mileage cars (50-plus MPGs) with excellent power/performance and without the liabilities of hybrids – including the additional expense/complexity of having two powerplants (a gas engine and an electric motor)  in the same vehicle – or the compromised economy/performance of hybrids at highway…

2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel

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I’m not sure what to think of the new Chevy Cruze diesel. On the one hand, it’s very appealing: EPA says 46 on the highway (I got close to 50 a couple of times). It’s also quicker to 60 than any gas-powered Cruze. And it’s quiet, doesn’t smoke – or stink. On the other hand,…

Bring Amberlamps

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You may remember the viral video, “Epic Beard Man” – in which an old bearded guy was assaulted by a street thug and proceeded to teach the thug a lesson. The video ends with the thug dripping blood and teeth from his pie hole and asking for an amberlamps to be sent. Luckily for the…

Throw (Clean) Diesels in the Woods?

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Diesel engines could deliver us – from high transportation costs. There is no reason – well, no technical or economic reason – why consumers couldn’t have access to $15,000 subcompact economy cars powered by high-efficiency turbo-diesels capable of 70 MPG, 50 MPG family cars –  and 30 MPG trucks and SUVs. Except for the only…

The Stinker: 1978–1985 Cadillac Seville Diesel

As the second energy crisis in a decade kidney-punched an inflation-addled nation, several automakers began to eye the diesel engine as a way to attract customers interested in high-mileage vehicles. The diesel alternative seemed especially appealing to luxury car brands such as Cadillac, whose mighty road dreadnoughts slurped fuel at unconscionable rates. It was by…

2011 Ford F250 Super Duty Powerstroke

“Super Duty” sounds heroic, larger-than-life. And the Ford F250 Super Duty is all those things and more besides. A six-foot-three man needs a step ladder to get up to the bed (Ford thoughtfully provides one built into the tailgate). The optional PowerStroke turbodiesel V-8 belts out 800 lbs.-ft. of torque. It’ll carry more than two…

Diesel Pros… and Cons

Diesel-powered vehicles are making a big comeback – no surprise given renewed buyer interest in high-efficiency, long-life vehicles. But like gas-burners, diesels have their downsides as well as their upsides. Here’s a look at both sides of the equation:  Pros: * Excellent fuel economy – with excellent performance – Many people remember the days when…