2013 Diesel Cars in the USA: Here’s the Lineup

Thinking about buying a new 2013 diesel car and looking at the options? We’re here to help.

Diesel offerings continue to gain ground. New for 2013 are the BMW 33d Sports Wagon, Chevy Cruze Diesel sedan, Mercedes GL250 BlueTEC SUV,  Porsche Cayenne Diesel SUV, and the Volkswagen Beetle TDI. With tougher diesel emissions standards being implemented in Europe in 2014, we may see even more diesel engines crossing over the Atlantic to U.S. shores in the near future.

Audi Diesels

A3 TDI – The sporty Audi A3 hatchback (30/42 MPG) has an all new design for 2013. An A3 sedan model is planned for 2014.

Q7 TDI – For 2013, the Audi Q7 SUV diesel (19/28 MPG) gets a new engine, going from 225 to 240 horsepower, with an improvement in fuel economy as well.

Rumors also indicate possible TDI versions of the A6, A8 and Q5 in the near future.

BMW Diesels

335d – It appears that there will be no diesel version of the 335 offered this fall.

X5 xDrive 35d – There will be a 2013 model of the BMW X5 35d diesel SUV (19/26 MPG), but the word on the message boards says it may not be available until December and may get an upgraded transmission.

BMW 330d Diesel Wagon

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon courtesy of BMW of North America

330d – The new 2013 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is expected to get a diesel version with a straight-six turbo-diesel. No word on mileage yet.

735d or 740d – Early reports also indicate BMW could be bringing a diesel engine to their flagship luxury 7 series in mid-2013.

Cadillac Diesels

ATS – The Cadillac ATS may be getting a diesel engine, but it’s not due on the market until late 2013 or early 2014.

Chevy Diesels

Chevy Cruze Diesel

Chevy Cruze Diesel courtesy of General Motors

Cruze – Chevy has committed to bringing a diesel version of their Cruze sedan to the U.S. in 2013. No word on price or MPG yet.

Chrysler Diesels

Chrysler is set to introduce their new “EcoDiesel” offerings in early 2014, starting with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and possibly the Chrysler 300 sedan.  The engine is expected to be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel that gets around 23/33 MPG.

Dodge Diesels /Ram Diesels

Dodge offers no diesel cars, but continues to offer a powerful diesel engine in its Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks.

Ford Diesels

While Ford has produced diesel cars for years in Europe, there doesn’t seem to be any plans to offer them in the U.S. Like Dodge, Ford does continue to offer their powerful PowerStroke diesel engine for their F250, F350 and F450 pickup trucks.

Honda Diesels

Honda does not appear to have any plans to bring diesel engines to the U.S., despite offering them overseas.

Hyundai Diesels

Like Honda, Hyundai offers diesels overseas but has announced no plans to bring them to U.S. shores.

Jaguar Diesels

Despite bringing the Jaguar XF diesel to the U.S. for a cross-country run last fall, Jaguar seems in no hurry to bring it’s diesel variants to U.S. showrooms.

Jeep Diesels

A new diesel engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee is in the works. See the Chrysler section, above, for more details.

Land Rover Diesels

Land Rover announced last September that they were planning to introduce diesel engines to some U.S. models in the next few years, but no word yet on exactly when or which models.

Lexus Diesels

Despite offering them overseas, Lexus appears to have no plans to offer diesel engines on any of their models in the U.S.

Mazda Diesels

Mazda still says that they will be bringing their SkyActive diesel engines to the U.S., starting in 2013. But they’ve remained silent on which model will get the diesel option first. Rumors indicate it could be their new CX-5 crossover.

Mercedes Diesels

Mercedes offers no less than six diesel automobile options, with the GLK250 a new entry to the pack:

GLK250 BlueTEC – Brand-new for 2013 is a diesel engine for Mercedes’ entry-level SUV. The 4-cylinder engine produces 190 horsepower. Fuel economy figures have not been released but highway MPG could be in the high 30s.

GL350 BlueTEC – This large SUV is redesigned for 2013 and sports a new, more powerful diesel engine with 240 horsepower. No word on how that will affect fuel efficiency, which was 17/21 MPG in last year’s model.

E350 BlueTEC – The E Class remains unchanged for 2013. It offers a 24/34 MPG rating in a true luxury diesel sedan.

ML350 BlueTEC – The ML350 SUV is also unchanged for 2013 and offers 18/25 MPG with all-wheel-drive.

S350 BlueTEC – Introduced in 2012, the S350 BlueTEC flagship sedan features the same engine as the ML350 and all-wheel drive. It gets 20/31 MPG.

R350 BlueTEC  – With seating for 7, 18/24 MPG and all-wheel drive, the R350 crossover wagon remains unchanged for 2013.

Mini Diesels

Rumor has it that Mini will be bringing a diesel option to their Clubman model in 2013, and the engine will be similar in specs to the Cooper SD model currently offered in Europe.

Mitsubishi Diesels

Mitsubishi  says it will be offering a diesel hybrid engine for their Evo XI sports car in 2014.

Nissan Diesels

While there is speculation of a diesel option being offered for the 2015 Titan light-duty pick-up truck, Nissan has said that they will be focusing on electric and hybrid vehicles, not diesels in the U.S.

Porsche Diesels

Porsche Cayenne Diesel

Porsche Cayenne Diesel courtesy of Porsche Cars North America

Cayenne Diesel – The Cayenne Diesel will be hitting showrooms for the first time September. It will sport all-wheel drive, 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Estimated fuel numbers are 20/28 MPG and pricing will start around $55,000.

Macan Diesel – Coming in 2014, the Porsche Macan (formerly called Cajun) is a smaller SUV crossover vehicle. It will reportedly be offered with a 2-liter turbo-diesel option, which has recorded 45 MPG in testing.

Scion Diesels

While a diesel version of the Scion iQ is sold overseas, no plans have been announced to bring it to the States.

Subaru Diesels

There’s a lot of love out there for the Subaru Boxer Diesel offered in Europe, but sadly no plans to offer it in the U.S.A.

Toyota Diesels

Toyota continues to focus on hybrid and electric cars for fuel efficiency in the U.S. No Toyota diesels are planned.

Volkswagen Diesels

2013 VW Beetle TDI Diesel

VW Beetle TDI courtesy of Volkswagen of America

Beetle TDI – The Beetle TDI should finally be arriving in showrooms in August.  Offering 28/41 MPG, it features a 2.0 turbo-diesel with 140 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. Pricing starts at $24,000.

Golf TDI – The zippy and entertaining Golf remains unchanged for 2013. The base 2-door Golf TDI starts at a reasonable $23,225 and it delivers 30/42 MPG.

Jetta TDI – The most economical of the TDI lineup is the Jetta diesel, which offers 30/42 MPG. Redesigned in 2011, the 2013 model does get a few updates, including some improvements on the interior finish.

Jetta Sportwagen TDI – The Jetta Sportwagen diesel with a manual transmission delivers the same MPG of 30/42 as the regular Jetta, but drops down to 29/39 with the automatic. It remains largely unchanged from 2012.

Passat TDI – VW’s full-sized diesel sedan offers offers 31/41 MPG (manual transmission) and 30/40 MPG (automatic). It is continued from last year with few changes.

Touareg V6 TDI Sport SUV – The only Volkswagen to offer a 3.0TDI diesel engine (shared with the Porsche Cayenne diesel) the TDI Touareg gets 20/29 MPG.

Volvo Diesels

There was hope that the new Volvo V40 with a diesel option would be offered stateside, but unfortunately it will only be offered in Europe. The U.S. is supposed to get the new V60 hybrid, but only in a gas version, instead of the diesel one offered in Europe.

So there you have it, the diesel car and diesel SUV lineup in the USA for 2013.

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CamDeMon July 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

If Cadillac do put the 2.8 Duramax diesel in the ATS then I’d be surprised if that particular model comes to Europe. I’d imagine they’re more likely to use one of Opel/Vauxhall’s excellent 2.0 diesels here instead. The twin turbo version has 195 HP, but the biggest seller is the 160 HP version which manages up to 72.4 mpg on the extra-urban cycle!

Charlie One August 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I think that once they change the emmissions laws in europe, Toyota and all the rest of the asian companies will follow suit and will flood the market here with diesels. Its to bad because they charge enough for there vehicles as it is right now without a diesel in the line up. My hat is off to VW for showing them what for…..

AZ_Utilitarian August 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

Another year passes…the captive U.S. market is trained to want only what they’re offered by Big ‘Bidness…the rest of the “free world” gets the RELIABLE ( read: non-VW) 45-65 mpg $25K – $35K cars that they really can use. Pathetic. Amurrika, home of Korporate Dominion…it’s like 1937 all over again; our laws are for sale to the highest re-election donor. If you brought in a current 2012 production AWD 65 MPG Fiat Panda Cross with the 1.3L Multijet TDI, the EPA could and would “legally” confiscate and crush your $25K vehicle that gets 300% better mileage than a $60K diesel F250 or $80 diesel Porsche Cayenne. The rules of our nation are certainly not written by you or I, they’ve become “golden rules”.

Chris September 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thats the big thing there az is the epa dictating what we are allowed to have. There is no reason a beaureau of the us government is allowed so much power to tell us how to live im all for clean water and air but at some point these rabid mutts need to be put back on a leash so the free market can once again be allowed to grow unstifled.

Tony September 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Test drove the Jetta and Passat TDI. The Passat won. The rear suspension of the Jetta is junk, but the Passat is very good. The interior was very quiet and spacious. Excellent back seat leg room. On my highway drive I was getting 56 mpg’s.
I have decided to purchase the Passat, just deciding on the manual or DSG.

RAI September 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

I believe the Mercedes R Class Bluetec has been discontinued in US for 2013 model year

Clint O September 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I enjoy reading these articles, but I tire of the “expected to” predictions from various manufacturers. Until I see it in the showroom, it’s irrelevant and chances are a big no-op anyway. I’m expected to clean my garage in the next 6 months, but I wouldn’t bet on it…

Shanu September 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm
Ven September 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

It is a shame that generally the only option for diesel are the German cars. They are too expensive to own. I can’t wait until Ford, Toyota, Chevy, Honda, etc have affordable diesels here. But it seems like I just keep waiting year after year while all the other countries have them.

Mike September 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Is the coupe A3 TDI available in the US? I was under the impression that it is not. I think the Golf TDI is the only 2(3) door diesel in the U.S.

Matt September 20, 2012 at 11:33 am

Well, still waiting on a 4×4 compact/midsized diesel pickup four door with a good build quality.

I hope that one of these companies, at the very least, release an AWD diesel car. AWD is almost a necessity in Colorado. Especially if you ski during the winter ;).

Until then, I’ll gladly save my voting dollars.

nick September 21, 2012 at 5:24 am

I been waiting for diesel car since 2000 . and keep tell us will be next couple years and the still tell us today will be in 2013 or 2014 when you wait till 2014 they will tell us 2016. what wrong with this people ?

Bwinkle September 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

A little perspective from a Big Oil employee. Diesel’s would make so much sense from a refining and supply perspective. The heavier oil that we get out of Latin America and Canada is perfect for making diesel. In fact the more complex refineries along the gulf coast have been exporting a lot of the ultra low sulfur diesel to Europe and Asia because demand here is low. So, if anyone tells you that we are keeping diesels out of America due to a Big Oil conspiracy – forget about it. Remember – we drive too and would love to have efficient modern diesels to buy. Plus, it would provide us with more demand for a fuel that we can make easily from existing cheap heavy oil. Cheers.

jack September 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Comparing the 2013 lineup to the previous year I still see overuse of future tenses “will be”, “going to” and future dates: next year, 2013, 2014, future.
The only cars, rather useless and expensive, that were added are Mercedes S350 and Cayenne and it’s not any great feat since their engines were already certified (used in other Mercedes vehicles and in case of Porsche – in VW Toureg). The other ones WILL be added – “like” in previous years and the years before. The only real improvement is the new New Beetle, but it was obvious it would get the VW 2.0 diesel used in other models.

In my opinion the whole discussion about diesel powered cars availability in US could be reduced to two facts.

The first is the price of fuels. They are too cheap (not that I necessary want to pay more) and diesel fuel is a little bit more expensive than gas. So incentive is not there in the first place.
If the gas was expensive enough, yet the diesel cheaper, manufacturers would figure out quickly how to meet the CARB rules and bring hundred of thousands of small diesels here. In one swoop the market would also experience the inflow of small gas engines and small cars in general. There’s a hope that it will happen with the new CAFE rules that can not be met without using diesels, small gas engines or more expensive hybrids in bigger cars.

The second is prohibitive rules regarding vehicle import. It’s ridiculous, especially in the country that allowed (or wanted) the crap from China to flood the domestic market and destroy manufacturing base and millions of jobs.
If the import was not restricted and there was some exempt for personal use then this page probably wouldn’t even exist. The greater part of population would be still governed by the first fact above, and we could buy our small pickups, SUVs, hatchbacks with 1.6-2.0 l manual diesels, get 55 mpg and be happy. We could even bring these cars in gasoline version with small efficient motors or already existing (in US market) cars with smaller engines since all imports are sold here either with the large or the largest engines available.

There are other aspects too.

Diesel cars are more expensive since the engines are more complex despite having apparently less elements than a gasoline version.
I have read lots of articles in European press comparing modern diesel and gas versions of the same cars from various manufacturers.

In general it makes sense to buy diesel only if you do a lot of highway miles. Doing short city errands with the heavier engine that will hardly get optimal temperature will not give you the desired efficiency.
Moreover we should remember that the modern diesels with high pressure, ultra precise injectors (injection pressure is about to increase again with the Euro 6 in 2016, up to 3000 Bar), turbos, particulate filters, are not the Mercedes W123/W124 300D that will run for 500000 miles. They are complex, expensive to make and expensive to repair if something breaks. Some people don’t see those expenses, thinking about fuel pump savings only. In case of major malfunctions all those savings will be lost and the initial purchase price never recouped. A different story is buying a used diesel. If something breaks then repair will be expensive too, but the purchase price is lower.

Obviously if diesel ever becomes more popular in the US it will be of complex, high power, not so reliable, expensive to repair type.
People talk about extreme sensitivity of those modern engines to lower quality diesel fuel that may easily damage injectors. In Europe gas engines are also getting very complex in the spirit of downsizing (engine displacement) by adding multiple turbos and high pressure injection. In US some European brands already offer these solutions, but mostly with large engines to make them even more powerful. In Europe they do it for efficiency replacing 2 liter engines with 1.4, in theory in the name of ecology. The truth is that those less reliable machines will need more frequent part replacements so again savings of few tons of CO2 will be overwhelmingly off set by the energy used to manufacture those parts.

Concluding, I would love to have a naturally aspirated diesel engine from the past or a small displacement gasoline engine without any complex accessories in some small SUV or crossover or a small gas and efficient gasoline engine in the same car, but unfortunately the “more power” and “bigger is better” mentality of young and older boys that never grew up still prevails.

It’s also funny that diesel cars are considered “green” here. What’s green about burning petroleum product? Maybe electric vehicles using power generated by sun or wind, but not diesel that only recently became clean with the help of lots of expensive technology.

Joe October 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

“A different story is buying a used diesel. If something breaks then repair will be expensive too, but the purchase price is lower.”

Used diesel prices are actually quite inflated.

AZ_Utilitarian October 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

It’s closing in on 2013. Still we are not allowed to buy any of the excellent diesel cars offered in practically every other civilized nation. Low to mid-range cost Diesels ($20K-$30K)are not being marketed in the USA because the major players (GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda) all prefer to sell high mark-up gasoline hybrids that have 15+ year dealer-only service requirements attached to them. No one has any interest in marketing a car that sells for 20% less but gets the same or better highway mileage than their flagship hybrids and can be serviced by virtually any garage. There are apparently infra-industry sanctions keeping out everyone else but VW, who seems to be tolerated as long as they don’t get too reliable. Another group not interested in better mileage is “Big Oil”, as an influx of 40-60 MPG affordable vehicles would obviously adversely impact their revenue.

Strangely enough, every US car maker also offers quite good $20 – $30K diesel cars and trucks in Europe. In the USA we have carefully worded emissions regulations that are providing plausible deniability to importing small diesel vehicles, yet simultaneously manage to ignore Diesel trains, ships, generators, commercial vehicles, and a bewildering variety of $50K to $90K 15 MPG giant pickups, 25 MPG luxury sedans, & 15 MPG SUV’s.

So to sum up: it is apparently impossible to import a $25K, 35MPG AWD diesel (a Ford KUGA comes to mind) but it is OK to buy a $65K 16MPG Dodge RAM 3500 or 25MPG $80K high end BMW/Mercedes/Audi. Right…

The Golden Rule states it quite simply: “They that have the gold make the rules.” The only reason we don’t have affordable diesels offered for sale in the USA is that the automakers and oil companies can make better profits from prohibiting access to them. They have the money to hire the right lobbiests, Senators and Representatives to do it for them. It’s just “too bad” for you and me; we’re not even allowed to buy the equipment that would make the average guy more competitive and the USA less dependent on oil imports. The same equipment that is offered for sale to most of the rest of the “free” world right now.

AZ_Utilitarian October 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hi Jack – nice write up. My take on the “bigger is better” is that U.S. advertising is highly effective in convincing the everyman that he needs 300 – 500 HP or he isn’t a real person. Eventually the reality of the situation, i.e., that it’s costing you $30 a day to drive your Madison-Avenue-hawked guzzle-o-matic to work at your $15 an hour job should sink in. Every day I drive my 38 MPG 100 HP Scion xA to work costs me $10, if I drive my Tacoma 4WD pickup it costs $20, so I save THAT for real snow-days. My buddy with the 12 MPG 300HP Nissan Armada will pay $30 every day to haul his butt to the same job. I’ve made a point to pass every $60k 4WD diesel Dodge Pickup or other Luxo-SUV I can, partially to prove that their $60-80K investment doesn’t allow them to own the road like they “drive” it does, and partially to show them that physics favors lighter vehicles on twisty roads. But it’s unreal to me that I can’t buy a 60MPG AWD Fiat Panda or Fiat 500 with Fiat’s 1.3L Multijet TDI now that Chrysler provides floorspace to Fiat. What really chaps my hide is the arrogance of our auto manufacturers pretending to be interested in higher mileage in their product line and simultaneously, blatantly, willfully & blindly refusing to bring in the very vehicles they’re ALREADY making offshore that would accomplish the task. There’a nothing to discover – the 40 – 60 MPG vehicles they agonize about for the future are already in production, but sadly they can’t squeeze the mark-up out of them the board of directors likes to see to justify exorbitant year-end executive bonus checks. It’s clearly a case of won’t, not can’t. I think the manufacturers infatuation with superior mark-up and 15 year guaranteed dealer-only service that follows Hybrid automotive design is what is keeping affordable diesels out of the U.S. market. There is certainly NO shortage of $60K to $100K+ diesels models marketed here, just the affordable $20K – $30K vehicles the bulk of the population might really benefit from.

Jfelt October 24, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Drove the VW Touareg Diesel. Great performance, and good for pulling medium size trailers and boats. Noise level was comparable to gas.

Dave October 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I wish that Nissan would ring their 2.7 diesel in their Navara (Frontier) 4 by 4 to the US. I woould buy one in a heart beat

lancelot November 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I am driving a VW Passat 2.0 Liter TDI SE. I was unable to purchase the SEL, because of VW of America’s production schedule; they flooded the market with their 2.5 Liter S gasoline “Chattanooga Camry Model”.
I did drive the TDI cross country, from South Florida to Los Angles last year in December and back January of 2012.
The good:
Great mileage in the high 40 Mpg; we were able to drive all day without refueling 600 plus miles. We refueled only in the mornings after checking out of hotels.
The suspension seems to be setup just about perfect, which makes the car easy to handle.
Great radio, one can store enough entertainment on 6 each mp3 CDs plus one 32 GB SD card to get one around the world without reloading.
The bad:
The compass is worthless indicating NW, while driving between Mobile, AL and the Florida boarder. I have never looked at the compass again. The temperature gauge of the cooling system will not rise about the # 190, even though the temperature climbed above 210F. This was verified by the CarChip I am driving with, to be able to prove not to have exceeding the posted speed limit. The highway patrol officers in Hudspeth County, Texas like to pillage out of State drivers.
The Ugly:
The speedometer is so far out of reality (compared to our TomTom 930, 80 on the speedometer and 85 on the GPS in Texas rural areas) hat a unsuspicious driver could easily be ticked for exceeding the posted speed limit.
The Super Ugly:
The seats!!!! I have to think many years back to remember seat as uncomfortable as the ones in our TDI SE. Just like the 1977 Chevrolet seat, no lateral support what so ever. The seating surface is tilted forward, which causes one to slide into that direction into an unnatural, very uncomfortable position. I cursed that seat with every of the 4100 miles I was driving after the first hour.
The seating surface is slightly tiled back if lowered to the lowest possible position. This OK for tall folks however, it looks ridicules when only a nose and a couple of eyes extent over the dashboard when a not so tall folks sit behind the steering wheel.

I will Test drive an most likely trade the TDI SE in for a 320d, if BMW sticks with the decision to bring this model to the US

Frans November 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

It still amazes me that the US is so reluctant to bring diesel engines into the US. So many good option abroad with better mpg’s than the hybrid alternative!
Sparks turbo diesel
Fiat 500 turbo diesel.
Just to name a few

Mike December 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

We own two VWs, the 2012 Tiguan and the 2011 Jetta TDI Sportwagen. Both with manual transmissions and no extras. Even with the fuel prices now having a $0.40 difference between Premium and Diesel (we live in Texas), on average, the TDI offers a 25% lower fuel cost than the Tiguan. The math is easy. For every 10 gallons of fuel the Tiguan can go 270 miles, the TDI about 380. 10 gallons premium fuel cost $34.00, diesel costs $38.00, a difference of $4.00 (or enough for another gallon of gas) for 110 miles of travel. If you only have to get regular unleaded, the difference is of course a bit more. However, as soon as a gas engine approaches fuel economy close to that of the TDI, you will spend less on gas than on diesel.

William Donald December 10, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thank you VW for bringing the diesel to the US. I now own your 2012 Golf TDI and love it. I will continue to support the clean air that diesel vehicles bring to our environment.

Walter December 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

I have a 2008 Mercedes M class SUV with a diesel engine, and it is fantastic. Runs quiet as a mouse, had great torque and gets 24.8 MPG average over nearly 99,000 miles. With the exception of the deer that strangely like to run into it, I have found the M 320 a nearly perfect vehicle for my needs and to be trouble free. This is the first diesel I have owned.

I just do not understand why Ford does not offer any diesels in the US passenger car lineup. I have purchased or leased nearly 75 Ford vehicles over my lifetime, and none had diesels. The diesel’s Ford makes in Europe are excellent and very efficient.

I think Ford is missing a good bet not offering diesels in their passenger cars or SUV’s in the US based on my recent experience with Mercedes. I have been an employee and supplier to Ford for nearly 42 years, and prefer their products, but on this issue I think the competition has got the high ground.

Dennis December 27, 2012 at 8:31 am

I have a 2013 VW Passat TDI SEL and LOVE IT!!! I have been a GM guy for years and I recently sold my 2005 GMC Sierra 2500HD with the duramax 6.6L and the great Allison 5spd transmission. I got great mileage and tons of power. With the few extras I did to the truck I could pull high 12′s in the 1/4mile but with power comes problems and sold the truck and moved into my VW passat (couldn’t get away from the diesel) and besides missing a truck I LOVE my VW and love the great mileage I get and according to forbes they said if I keep my VW for 5 years I have “the diesel vehicle”.. I have to agree. :)

Mike D. January 16, 2013 at 9:54 am

Drove 2002 VW TDI Beetle for work as commissioned salesman. Greatest car I ever had. Traveled Missouri, Southern Illinois back roads and highways. Always over 40 mpg, once hit 52 mpg in Nebraska to Wyoming. Retired in 2010 and gave car to daughter in Chicago, still running great 290,000 miles.

Norm January 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Hat’s off to Volkswagen for continuing to own the diesel market. I have 430 000kms (I’m Canadian eh) currently on my jetta tdi (2000). I may be overdoing it a bit on keeping it so long, and it’s certainly paid for, but even today @ -15 centigrade it fired up once again and sent me on my hour long commute. My maintenance costs are generally the same as any other with the exception of a 600$ timing belt change at 100000km intervals. There are a very few rust bubbles on the front fenders, and the car is still very sound.
However, I’m in the market for something new and although I’m pleased with Vw, I’m boggled at the lack of new competition. Even as times are supposedly tight, there are still those who want to forget all that, and buy a Hemi-powered pig. Maybe because they had one when they were young, or their dad had one, or whatever. Very well marketed indeed. I still shake my head at the auto market in disbelief. This from a kid who grew up wanting a fancy powerfull car, but then I did “grow up” and realized maybe a fast fancy car wasn’t so smart after all. Am I being too philosophical, well maybe, but I liken our way of thinking when it comes to being smart environmentally, to the age old true tale, mind you, of the band still playing as the Titanic was inevitably, but slowly sinking….

Penelope January 25, 2013 at 10:47 pm

It figures they all offer the diesel option in Europe but not here, wonder why? Could be big gas is afraid of the increased mileage with a diesel? Love my Liberty diesel

R Fisher February 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

Comparing a gasoline model car to a diesel ( same body ) will mean you will spend over $1,000. a year less in fuel ( even allowing for the $.40 more per gallon increase for the diesel fuel ) . Plus since you can buy a larger car with the diesel and still get the higher fuel economy , you will be driving a much safer car. Gasoline is an explosive fuel and results in hundreds of occupants burning to death in gasoline fires. Plus since diesel fuel is a light oil, the engines will usually last much longer.

Rob February 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I was looking to buy a TDI Passat to get the 40+ mpg. My concern is that the 68mpg BlueMotion Passats (Google it) available in Europe will finally be made available here in the US, and then I will be stuck with an inferior Passat. I am hoping that there will be enough outrage in the US (whoever you want to blame, govt, big oil, auto mfg) to get them here sooner. Whoever tells you that there is not enough interest among US consumers to make diesels more available is lying. I can’t believe that there is not more outrage that these doubly-efficient vehicles are being kept from us, especially with all the talk about dependence on foreign oil, etc. What a crock.

AZ_Utilitarian February 28, 2013 at 2:51 am

Hi Rob – buy your 40 mpg Passat. There will never be any 68 mpg Bluemotion Passats imported to the USA. No lobbiest in either the Oil industry or the Automotive industry is remotely interested in selling you a car that will displace a hybrid – the mark up and long term maintenance is waaay too lucrative on the battery-assist “enviro” mobiles to allow it to be jepordized by a “conventional” vehicle. I’ve yet to find a VW diesel owner that didn’t get 45+ MPG, and the Jetta & Passat wagon owners are all really satisfied with the practicality of their choice. It IS just too bad that VW won’t add the AWD 4-Motion to the diesel car mix though. It’d make a lot of Subaru owners think real hard about jumping ship…

RTC March 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Now that Chrysler and Fiat are sharing technology I hope that Fiat will also share some of their diesel engines with Chrysler or import Fiat vehicles like the Panda, Doblo etc. with Diesels. I drive a Panda diesel in Europe and easily get 50 mpg on the Autobahn. Our Doblo diesel has no problem getting 45+ mpg at Autobahn speeds. When towing our 24 foot travel trailer we average in the high 20′s. Now that’s quite a fuel savings over what Chrysler currently has in its lineup.

AZ_Utilitarian April 1, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Uhh…all I want for Christmas is a chance to buy a 50 MPG $26K Fiat Panda Cross with the 1.3L Multijet….from my friendly Chrysler/Dodge/Fiat/Jeep dealer…but all I’m offered is a $45-$60K 2500 Ram Turbodiesel or a $40K++ Jeep Commander with the imported FIAT diesel engine…both at about 20 or so MPG Hiway…is there a disconnect here or what??

TRScott April 26, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Some fool blamed the lack of diesels on big oil. No it is the liberals that you elect and allow the unelected, unfireable, eco-nazis that write the EPA regulations to continue to screw with this country. Read :The Forgotten Man” and you will understand. They taught about the New Deal, they forgot to teach how it turned a recession into a depression due to the micro management of the economy. You will learn how chicken selling polish brothers got drug into court because it was against the law to hand pick the chicken you wanted and they wanted to sell what the customer wanted. Soon you will see 20% of our truck fleet cut out of hauling goods because of new hours regulations that the DOT proved would do no good. And YOU get to pay for the higher costs. The under informed voter will turn us from citizens to subjects. They are not leaders in DC they are representatives but most are to lazy and re-educated to know. Enjoy.

AZ_Utilitarian May 29, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Re: TRScott-
Who do you think actually funds the election races and directs the media? Do you really believe that poor people have time & money & organizational skills to compete with the 5000+ exquisitely well paid lobbiests in D.C.? How do you think a 10,000 page tax code got written; accidentally by monkeys in a room full of typewriters, or under the gimlet eye of a fleet of highly paid lobbiests? What is the obvious reason to have such an opaque document? Whose benefit do you think most of our laws are written for, the guy doling out the information and gratuities to the candidate, or the poor schmuck living on $15 an hour? Haven’t you noticed how influential liberal groups such as the Sierra Club have been manipulated into eliminating coal derived electrical generation, thus providing even cheaper energy to China and degrading the ability of the rest of us to make a living? In the end, the same amount of coal is burned, but it’s just 3500 miles up wind of California, far away from the club meetings. And American power bills go up as 2 cent per KWH coal fired power is replaced by 15 cent per KWH gas fired power. But the profit margins of U.S. companies that relocated to China keep inflating. Know your enemy; it sure ain’t yer neighbor living in a trailor. Follow the money…

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