Top Recommended Diesel Vehicles

In that diesels use the engine’s compression to provide combustion, they dispense with what we normally regard as the ignition system on a conventional gasoline car or truck. And since that compression ratio is comparatively high, a diesel derives more bang from a buck of fuel – in both torque and efficiency – than its gasoline counterpart. With all of that, in the ongoing saga of Volkswagen’s attempt to ‘game’ the emission system, there’s a great deal of suspicion toward diesel powerplants and the carmakers that supply them. While diesel cars may be on a figurative ‘hold’ (even beyond the VW showroom), there’s renewed interest in their efficiency among truck makers and Jeep, along with the occasional introduction or update from the European (Jaguar, Benz and BMW) community. 

2016 1500

2016 RAM 1500

Ram 1500 pickups have roomy cabs with excellent ergonomics, cubby storage galore, and giant touchscreens that are easy to operate.Ram Box bed storage, an adjustable suspension that kneels for easier ingress, and active grille shutters add to its appeal.

The Ram 1500 competes with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Toyota Tundra, and Nissan Titan.All but the Ram have been recently redesigned.

The Ram compares very well to the competition and is the most distinctive among a group of distinctive trucks.Ride quality is dependent on suspension, tires and other packaging choices, but the Ram 1500 models generally tend toward …

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MPG MPG 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2016 X5

2016 BMW X5

The BMW X5, built in South Carolina, is a benchmark in the midsize luxury SUV field.But it's more of a family wagon than an SUV, as its superb and sophisticated demeanor on the road, not its offroad capability, is what the X5 is all about.

All-wheel drive is available, not standard.So some might consider a Range Rover, for its unbeatable winter capability, or also a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which isn't a BMW but it will get you places the X5 can't.Other competitors might be the Mercedes-Benz GLE or Volkswagen Touareg.

The X5 offers broad versatility, with a variety of powertrains, trims, and …

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$54,700 - $71,500
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2016 2500

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$31,780 - $57,285
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2016 Grand Cherokee

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a luxury vehicle in addition to being a solid highway cruiser and a capable off-road machine.The current-generation Grand Cherokee was introduced for the 2011 model year.

For 2016, Jeep Grand Cherokee is available in a new High Altitude edition based on the top Overland trim.Electric power steering is new for 2016, and the 2016 Grand Cherokee SRT gets a revised instrument cluster.

Seating five passengers in two rows, the Grand Cherokee features a richly furnished, luxury-level cabin with ample interior space.Superior capability is the rule.Not only does a Grand Cherokee ride comfortably, it handles and performs well.The …

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MPG MPG 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2016 Jetta

2016 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan, built in Mexico, is Volkswagen's best seller.For a good price, it offers German quality, the most interior space in the compact class, refinement, responsive performance, safety, and fuel economy.But now in its sixth year of this generation, its lines are beginning to look dated, despite a freshening of the fascia for 2015.

So for 2016, Jetta gets a new engine to keep it at the top of the game, a 1.4-liter turbo, plus infotainment and safety upgrades.

(The popular TDI diesel engine has been discontinued, on account of the emissions cheating scandal.There also used to be a …

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MPG MPG 28 City / 40 Hwy
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