Most diesel vehicles sold in the United States are made by German companies (Mercedes, VW/Audi, BMW). American manufacturers, like Ford and General Motors, produce great diesel cars but only sell them in Europe. In the same way that hybrids with electric motors, batteries, and control systems are more complex and therefore pricier than gas-fueled cars, diesels have features that add to their cost, including turbochargers, direct injection, etc. However, as gas prices continue to rise, the higher cost of fuel will be more readily offset by efficiency savings. For example, the sporty
"clean diesel" maintains 42mpg on the highway, something even very few hybrids can claim. Its estimated annual fuel cost is $1,367 while it can easily cost twice as much as that to buy gas for other sedans.
If you're in the market for a new fuel-efficient car, it's worth test driving a diesel. You'll likely be surprised at how quiet and reasonable it is to drive. Not only do most diesels far surpass requirements, they'll save you money over time.
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