2010 diesel cars in the USA: here’s the lineup

Wait! Have you seen our guide to 2011 diesel cars yet?

There really hasn’t been any significant increase in the number of diesel cars available on the US market since our 2009 diesel car post from last year.  While common in Europe, stricter emissions requirements in some states and the recent temporary bout of high priced diesel fuel here has most car manufacturers hesitant to invest the money for what has only shown to be a small segment of the market so far in the United States.

Here is this year’s list of which 2010 diesel cars that automobile manufacturers will be offering:


Acura does not offer a diesel model.


AUDI Q7 and A3 TDI, courtesy Audi

A3 2.0 TDI clean diesel is available, details here, a small hatchback that gets 30 mpg hwy, 42 city.

Audi Q7 TDI will be Audi’s diesel engined SUV, getting 17 mpg city, 25 mpg hwy.  Details available here.

These vehicle will take a maximum of B5 biodiesel.



335d“We offer two diesels, the BMW Advanced Diesel 335d and the X5xDrive35d.  They have been on sale since January of this year.”x5_xDrive_35d



No Buick diesels for 2010


No Cadillac Diesels


No diesel engine cars for Chevy  this year.


No diesel cars this year for Chrysler brands.


No diesel cars for Ford this year.


From Honda: “There are no current plans to bring a diesel-powered vehicle to the US in 2010.“


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


Mercedes ML-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes ML-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz

This year Mercedes offers the ML350 sport utility, 18 mpg city 26 hwy, R350 crossover, 18 mpg city 24 hwy, and the GL350 sport utility, 17 mpg ciy 23 hwy.  According to a representitive in addition to the above  Mercedes USA  will be adding the E350 to the famous Blutec Diesel line later in the year.

Mercedes RL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes RL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes GL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz
Mercedes GL-350 courtesy Mercedes Benz


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


The Pontiac brand has been discontinued.  Although the EPA lists a few Pontiacs for 2010, GM does not.


Saab, a division of GM,  formerly sold a diesel model. But it does not have one this year in the US, or in other countries.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


In other countries, Subura offers the Legacy, Impreza, Outback, and Forrester all equipped with their impressive diesel boxer motor.  Sadly, none of those are available here so equipped.


No diesels listed for the 2010 model year.


Volkswagon Jetta courtesy Volkswagon
Volkswagen Jetta courtesy Volkswagen
Volkswagen Golf TDI courtesy Volkswagen

Volkswagen will have the Jetta, 30 city 42 hwy , The Golf, 30 city 42 hwy, and the  Touareg SUV 18 city, 26 hwy.  These vehicle will take a maximum of B5 biodiesel.  To learn more, visit Volkswagen’s Clean Diesel Site

Volkswagon Touareg courtesy Volkswagon
Volkswagen Touareg courtesy Volkswagen


Although there was talk of a 2010 diesel SUV from Volvo, it has failed to materialize.

149 thoughts on “2010 diesel cars in the USA: here’s the lineup”

  1. The high cost of diesel relative to Europe is due to taxes. I had a Chevy Luv (Isuzu) diesel in the 1980s, and currently drive a Jetta TDI. I’d love to have a small diesel pickup truck but it doesn’t look like any are sold in the US.

  2. Dogma…..do you really believe that it is the American public that is at fault for the lack of diesels??? Look at the list of diesel cars sold in the US. There are no cars in an affordable compact or subcompact class. The reason the current lineup is not selling is because people with money purchasing a bmw can afford get half the mileage with gas. VW makes some great cars but I personally am not going to purchase a $22,000 car just so I can get a diesel. I would however purchase a $12,000 diesel over a $12,000 gas powered car. Problem is none are available in the US. As far as saying people in the US do not want small affordable cars…..what about the mini, yaris, smart car, accent, ect…
    Small cars are really catching on and selling numbers to justify continued sales. Moreover when ever I come across articles on foreign compact cars, take the Alfa Mito as an example, all people do on the board is complain about not being able to purchase one in the states.
    The fact is that a hand full of people make 98% of the countries decisions, most of which are based on personal gain (money). Even domestic auto companies produce cars for other countries that are more fuel efficient and have smaller price tags (ford for instance). The US makes considerable profits off its gasoline sales and it does not want to sacrifice any of it…even though it would benefit the American people.

  3. 02/27/2010

    I have a 2010 Prius Level 4. It gets good gas mileage, 44M.P.G. to 52M.P.G. I would love to have a all wheel drive Diesel Sedan or wagon giving the same M.P.G.. I wonder why Subaru isn’t ready for the U.S..

  4. how is it, that europeans are running diesel cars with virtually 0 carbon emissions? to the point where they are not even taxed (UK road use tax) because they are so clean, and here we are no access to the same vehicles and the tax breaks are for “monster” that pollute and clog roads. there needs to come a point of the continued policies becoming objectionable to all and allow us the choice to drive what we want and not have to pollute as much and be more efficient. CMON AMERICA GIVE US WHAT WE WANT

  5. The last 15 cars that I have rented in Europe have been 4 cyl diesels with standard shift they have delivered 40 plus mpg. The Ford Mondeo with 6 spd standand trans delivered 40 + mpg and was one of the best cars I have driven..I have written Ford and consumer reports to say we should have them here. I believe that 60% of the new cars in Europe are diesels, Why not here. Later this month I will rent another diesel in France. Carl….Saddle River,N.J.

  6. I have just returned from the U S after driven in a 3 liter gas Chyrsler which did 30mpg U.S. Over here in Northern Ireland I drive a Mercedes C220 cdi which regularly gives 40 mpg,in the mainly short runs,but has on a long run given 53.8mpg. This car is an auto and is a really nice car to drive. I’m told B.M.W’s are even more frugal, but I like my Merc. and I will buy another.

  7. I don’t understand why we cannot buy all diesel models available in Europe, here in America. I think that the number of new cars in Europe is actually around 80% diesel powered. They consistently offer 40 to 50 MPG. Just about all manufacturer offer a few diesel options, why not here? The cars have more torque and feel stronger than gasoline engines and consume half the fuel.

  8. It’s real easy to see why diesels are not here. Public perception is too simple. Most Americans still see diesel as “dirty” even though that’s an incorrect view. And, most Americans just don’t get it that even if diesel fuel costs $0.25/gallon more, or about 8%, that you’re still ahead due to the 30-40% mileage improvement. For a country of technical wizards we sometimes take a long time to understand how current technology can erase our perceptions of the past. Old habits die hard.

  9. All that said, once those who are selling diesels like Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and VW show how many they are selling, Ford, GM, & Chrysler will follow, they all have platforms ready. It’s just that they are in too unstable of financial condition to roll the dice.

  10. We’re simply being gamed. A 45 MPG small TD such as the Ford Kuga will sell for $3000 – $8,000 less than the equivalent Ford Hybrid. All of the major players have similar situations. Why sell a car that will compete with your flagships? Apparently it is a bad case of “We don’t wanna and we’re not gonna, and you can’t make us either….” going on.

    Also, the more fuel the US automotive fleet uses, the more the profit margin for the oil companies. So NOBODY on the supply side has the SLIGHTEST incentive to import the cars that the sane world drives. And virtually every U.S. manufacturer makes and sells good to great diesel engined vehicles overseas, but apparently having a “captive” market is way too irresistable to the bean counters. How does it feel to be NOT ALLOWED to buy a better car because some accountant has decided that it is more profitable to “legally” manipulate the supply line? And WHO is going to work on your Hybrid? Why, only your friendly (Brand Here!) dealer, of course. Regular auto shops won’t touch anything significant, and justifiably so. Everyone but YOU is winning here.

    Personally I want a chance to own the Fiat Panda Cross – a 45-60 mpg AWD diesel engined utility vehicle. I love my Scion xA, but a 50% increase in fuel mileage and AWD to boot…But wait…how about an AWD Yaris with the proven D4-D Turbodiesel…? Oh to have these choices…

  11. I want an extremely efficient diesel station wagon in the USA. More efficient than the Jetta Sporgwagon.

  12. Mitch Smith has it. I’ve been saying it for 5 years. The line about our emissions is a lie. Check out emissions for the EU and California, go ahead. You’ll not find even one item where the EU requirement is lower than ours. Once our diesel fuel dropped to 15ppm sulfer car makers could have started shipping. European standards in 2004 were more strict than ours are now. Now that the dirty diesel is gone there is NO legal reason for them not to bring them here. And thier bin 6 is even cleaner than the inside of our homes.

    “We don’t wanna and we’re not gonna, and you can’t make us either….”

    Nicly put Mitch

  13. When I read Carl Landgren’s post to my wife, she thought I had just written it. We just returned from the UK after driving a Ford Mondeo TDCi for 8 days. WOW! An EXCELLENT car. After 600+ miles hauling a family of 4 adults (kids 21 and 13 yrs old) with luggage and a 1/4 tank remaining, I filled up!

    The Ford UK site lists the car as getting 53.3mpg with 139g/km CO2 emissions. The gas version is listed at 36.7mpg and 179g/km CO2. That’s 45% better fuel economy and 22% lower emissions. Think of the impacts on our environment, dependency on foreign oil, balance of trade, and transportation costs.

    I have to agree with Mitch, the supply side has no incentive. I’ve written to Ford, my congressman and both my senators.

  14. Ford, Chevy,GMC, and Dodge do actually make diseal vehicles providing that you consider a their heavy duty pickup truck lines as cars.
    -Ford has an extensive diseal line ranging from the F-250 through F-750
    – Chevy Silverado 3500HD with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo- Diesel engine
    – GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo- Diesel engine
    -Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 with available 6.7 L Cummins Turbo diseal engine

  15. Okay, I am going to chime in here. I think there are many good points here. It used to be a financial problem since before the emissions changes and 15ppm fuel a mfr could only sell diesel in 45 states (Non-CARB states). Now that they can be sold in all 50 that is no longer an issue. Public perception is another problem as someone else pointed out. The last crisis in the late 70s and early 80s brought the perception of slow, dirty, smoky, and noisy…I still don’t think we have shaken that. We really are missing the boat here totally and someone needs to invest some marketing money in the modern turbo diesel technology. The high prices of diesel make it a problem as well because it is a hard sell to charges a premium for the diesel engine (because of emissions equipment) and then have it cost more to fuel that vehicle. The problem with that is people don’t look at the facts! The premium paid for a diesel vehicle is made up for by significantly higher resale value. I want to see more diesels come across the pond and not just high performance units that are available now…..more economical units with more reasonable torque and hp numbers should yield higher fuel economy and still provide a satisfactory driving experience. Also, think about synthetic or algae based biodiesel (not food source based) and the fact that on B5 you are still reducing foreign oil consumption by 5% across the board. I own a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel which has the Mercedes 3.0L unit. My average through 28k miles is 24.8mpg and I actually was able to get 27.7 mpg once. 25 or 26 on the highway is not out of the ordinary for this vehicle. This is major considering that the smallest gas engine in the same vehicle doesn’t even get 20mpg according to the EPA. Your grandfather’s diesel is no longer….the new diesels are powerful, fun to drive, get better fuel economy, and are clean. It is also nice to cruise on the highway at max power and not have to downshift when you hit hills. Diesels get their max torque (power) at low RPM (typically between 1500-2500rpm) vs. a gasoline motor which needs to downshift and hit 3500+ RPM to get in the max power band. The lats 4 vehicles I have owned have all been diesel including two VW Jetta TDI and I will never buy another gasoline engine again.

  16. A Diesel in an SUV is an awesome combination satisfying power and economy at the same time. I currently own a GM SUV but just getting mediocre MPG. Even though GM is advertising great mileage for its new cars such as Equinox, Terrain, Traverse and so on, they are unrealistic with reg gas engines. These cars with diesel could get 30%-40% better MPG. Thus, I am not buying or even looking at another SUV until someone offers a diesel. Period.

  17. I’m an American living in the Czech Republic. I drive an ’02 Alfa Romeo 156 with a 1.9L turbo diesel. I love it, and it gets 38MPG (US). That figure is even more significant when you figure that diesel is about $.80/gal cheaper here than 95 octane unleaded. Finally, using B30 biodiesel out of the gas station pump, it’s $1.47 cheaper than unleaded (still, that’s $5.42/gal, compared to $6.80!). That’s something that really bothers me about diesel in the US – why is it so much more expensive when it’s so much simpler and cheaper to refine?

  18. I think the answer to why there are not more diesel offerings in the US is because of the relatively low price of gasoline.The governments of European countries tax their fuel heavily and with the income fund social welfare and healthcare programs. This also reduces oil consumption benefitting the environment. We on the other hand prefer to consume cheap gasoline in our guzzlers thereby transferring our wealth to oil producing countries. There is little incentive for the average consumer to switch to more expensive diesel cars given the current price of gas.

  19. There are several reasons diesel is more expensive in the U.S. even though it takes less cracking/refining then gasoline. For more than 2 decades no new refineries have been able to be built in this country due to environmental and NIMBY activism. This has meant refineries are operating at a level that even denies the equipment regular preventative maintenance let alone a competitive market price for fuel, furthermore a secondary product like diesel, fuel oil and such is then produced at a premium. With regard to the technical side of the engine, it is true that diesels are slightly louder in engine operation but they tend to have much longer operating life due to their lower operating temperature, narrower rpm range and stronger initial design. I will soon be in the market for a new car and I do plan on buying a diesel and I am sure it will be a VW or maybe a used Mercedes. However I want to purposely call other dealerships to let them know I am buying a diesel and “see” if they have a diesel to sell. Since more diesels won’t be produced as long as demand is so low, you must call the other car companies and tell them they are loosing a customer. I have long said diesels are the true green vehicle for a society as diffuse as ours. Most people would have to be forced into a pure electric car and hybrids have a substantially high carbon footprint especially when battery recycling and electricity production with coal is considered. A high energy density liquid fuel as diesel is safe and convenient with an existing infrastructure to support driving. Couple that with the ability to design regenerative compression systems to increase driving efficiency as well as use of natural vegetable oil and diesel could be more green than hydrogen.

  20. I have previously tried to get comments posted as I wanted to express my support for diesel supporters in the US. I have family there and currently persuading them to buy diesel. Apart from being more economical, usually longer lasting engines they are obviously safer in an impact as diesl doesnt explode. In the UK up to 90% of some SUV’s are sold with a diesel engine. Performance can be just as good and one Skoda (part of VW) diesel car is faster than the gasoline version


  22. The thing i don’t understand is why they say the U.S has this idea of diesels being dirt and inefficient, but all they would have to do is show them the product and prove all the stereotypes wrong. I would love to be able to buy a diesel without having to buy a full-sized truck.

  23. All,
    I saw these posts and just had put in my 2 cents worth. I too am all for some new diesel powered passenger cars but these new diesel engines that are so clean are not so just from the ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. They have lots of extras installed on the engine to make them cleaner such as egr valves, egr coolers (known to leak) variable geometry turbo chargers, dpf systems (diesel particulate filter) built into the muffler and an extra fuel injector just behind the turbo charger that sprays fuel into the exhaust system to “regenerate” or clean the dpf in the muffler. When these units regenerate exhaust temperatures soar to 1200 deg. plus. Then came the 2009-2010 epa mandates that states the engine manufacturers had to clean them up even more so now comes urea or DEF which is diesel exhaust fluid and now you have an extra small fuel tank and another fuel you must purchase to go in this tank. Just know that although you would be getting great fuel mileage, in the long run the diesel will be more costly to maintain. They also have a muriad of electronic sensors in these parts that get extremely hot and they just dont live in an environment like that. Ok, with all that being said go check out Mahindra cars, they make farm tractors and have been threatening to import small diesel pick ups and an suv or two into the United States
    for several years. Supposedly late 2010 you can get you one.
    Not real lovely looking but but at 30+ mpg I think I could learn to live with it.


  24. I have a 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 Wagon, and would give anything to have a diesel version. I’m sad to see that MB will only offer diesel in their huge cars/suvs, which will get mpg of what I already have.


  26. Anyone with the money can have a car that’s not sold in the U.S., imported here by going through the DOT and customs.

    The first one to be imported and tested is expensive, but after that it’s basically the price of shipping it I believe. May be a lucrative business for an importer, but I don’t know if it would be worth it. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and VW all offer diesel models in the U.S. Volvo may get back into the diesel car U.S. market as well.

  27. I am still waiting for the USA, and Canada to finally come out with small diesels. I dont expect cars to come with them but pickups and small, and fullsize SUV’s should have them, I got so tired of waiting that I bought a 1993 mitsubishi Pajero 2.8 diesel RHD from japan, after buying this I will never get a gas engine again, because even though my SUV is 15 years old it will go up to 1000000 miles, it does not give me problems and it was under $10,000, USA is lying to you about the inefficiency of diesels, they are just getting paid by oil companies to keep gas engines going to they get money, they don’t care about us or the environment at all

  28. The oil companies and auto manufacturers have been covered adequately above and the federal government was also mentioned. However the federal and state government gets substantial taxes on each gallon of fuel sold in road tax. Just check the sticker on the pump next time you fill up…. and it is charged on both gasoline and diesel fuel. Diesel engines are clean, stronger, last longer, and are more fuel efficient, so…. The manufacturer loses (fewer parts and service – where dealers make the most profit – and the vehicle is on the road longer thus fewer sales – where the manufacturer makes profit), the oil company loses (around 30% less fuel sales due to diesel efficiency), and the government both state and federal loses (30% less road tax due to lower sales). With that kind of opposition don’t expect much to change any time soon. EPA won’t let it happen, the oil companies, the auto manufacturers…..well, you get the picture. When do “We the people…” wake up?

  29. I own a 2002 Dodge PU with a Cummings diesel and a 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-320 with a diesel. Never again will I buy a gasoline vehicle.

  30. I had a 2002 VW Golf TDI for six years and put over 80,000 miles on it and never once got less than 46.4 mpg. I checked every fill up what my mileage was. The best was 56 mpg and that was with two people, the cargo stuffed full, and in the summer with the a/c going. The market here in the US will not support the diesel car due to ignorance of the buyers and the lack of diesel refineries here to support a huge jump in diesel sales. Blame the EPA and enviromentalist crazies for preventing refinery construction. The crazy conspiracy theorist in me thinks the players involved hiked diesel fuel prices higher than 87 octane to discourage diesel purchases. Why? I don’t know but it has to involve making lots of money and retaining control and power. I now drive a 1994 turbo diesel 4×4 3/4 ton suburban which gets about 40-50% greater fuel efficiency than a same size gasser.

  31. I am fortunate enough to own a 2009 VW diesel Jetta and love it. It has been averaging between 42 to 45 MPG, has great pick up, is fun to drive. Will get over 50 on open highway and I can get 600+ miles to a tank of fuel. Can’t understand why there is such reluctance to making them in this country I’m sure we could do a good job of it. BTW the Jetta is made in Mexico.

  32. Drives me crazy that they don’t have diesels over here – was just over in Europe and got to use my brothers ’97 Volvo 850 wagon diesel – I was getting MPG through town in a heavy old wagon !! My other brother had a ’00 Passat – for kicks he drove it really soft and got almost 1000 miles to one tank. The car guys say they can make them – 65% of the cars over there are D’s – what are they talking about ” we can’t make them “

  33. Oooppps – looks like I left something out
    The Volvo was getting 38MPG through town and almost 60MPG on the open road – love it –

  34. Most of you are probably not aware that America is run by corporate criminals,gangsters and other middle eastern mafias,that are using us and the US strictly as a colony to be exploited and raped .These hoodlums and banksters with their cronies operating the wall street gambling casino rigged strictly in their favor have brought the entire financial systems around the globe near collapse with absolutely NO chance of recovery.Y our best chance of survival,do NOT borrow any money,pay up your charge card every month and cash in all paper assets,along with leaving not as much as a single dime in your account for them to piss away.
    My diesel gets 48 mpg highway,40 city,not enough profit for BP,EXXON,SHELL and the other greedmongers.

  35. Dear readers
    My name is R from India we are the only country in the world that does have load of diesel cars from the worldwide car makers and w are happy even Toyota Prius is launched in India but it is failed because Prius is very expensive to buy & very bad for health wise.

    We have the best diesel car are Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel which gives 20 Km per litre in City and the best sedan diesel car is Chevy Cruz,VW Passat Jetta Polo, Hyundai i20 & our own car makers like Maruti & Tata has done partnership with Fiat of Italy for the best diesel engine in the world which is available in Swift Diesel & Tata Vista cars.

    I will Recommend Maruti Swift because they are the king of the market they cover 55 % of India’s market because they give best low maintenance service and the cars cost is also very low plus the chargeable service is between 75us$ to 250US$ only after every 10 thousand Km. Plus this vehicle is having highest resale vale in the India i was having swift diesel i bought in 2007 in 12000 with 4 years warranty & sold in 2010 in 8000 us$ .

    So still do not understand the philosophy of United States America they have biggest crude oil refinery’s plus their whole transport system is big loophole none of the small cities does have local trains except big cities your whole transport system is on road by this way your country is the most polluted country in the world so why your country is not allowing European diesel technology which is best for lungs better than Toyota Prius.


  36. We just got back from Ireland where we rented a Toyota Avensis D4D diesel. With a 6-speed tranny, we averaged about 43 mpg overall. The car had great pick-up at higher RPM’s, easily managing to pass slower cars, and handled 80 mph on the M roads without a problem at about 2300 RPM. Even with the slightly higher price of diesel in the USA, this type of car should be on the market here. What the hell is wrong with US?

  37. @Jon E

    Uhhhhh that is a pretty inaccurate view about diesels. I worked at a VW dealership for a few months. Every diesel Jetta or Golf, that came in there was sold before it got there. The only ones that stuck around for a few days were the wagens, and turn around on those was a week tops. This is in a very uneducated city, that has a low median income.

  38. It does surprise me that a country like the US lthat likes to excel and lead is still lagging as far as diesels go. Manufacturs know that if they want to export to Europe they have to have diesels, so many of them are using european engines. Years ago I used to run an ex London cab as a run-about, it was economical had a 25ft turning circle but sluggish and in the morning you had to turn the key to the right for 30 seconds to heat up the glow plugs so wasnt that much of a pleasure to drive. Then I got one of the first VW Golf (Rabbit) diesels and it was just like a regular gas car except my fuel costs were halved. Sadly one of the best direct injection diesels in the UK was produced by Perkins( an old established truck & tractor engine manufacturer) and was designed especially for Rover cars (now defunct) so is not available.

  39. I agree with the posting of Mitch Smith above. We (Americans) have been “played ” in the martketplace for ever. I live near Frankfurt de.
    I bought a 2005 Audi A3 2.0 TDi (diesel) and love the power it has. It is the best car I have ever owned . I lived in Denver Co. for a number years and went thru 3 Audi’s because of the lack of power at that altitude. 2002 A4 1.8T, 2003 A4 3.0, then finally a A6 4.2 v8. (Then I moved away). When I go back to the states I will be looking for a diesel car. I don’t think you can find a better engine that the modern diesel of today. Great fuel mileage and longevity.

  40. What I don’t understand is that, why can’t I get a F150 in Diesel, how about a Toyota Tundra or Chevy Silverado in Diesel. The American company offers them in the bigger trucks but why can’t they put it in the smaller lineup. I tow and would love to get more torque from the diesel engines. More than 40% of americans drive trucks, it should be a no brainer for most but not america. I don’t get it at all.

  41. The reason there are not many diesels in the US, has nothing to do about the perception of diesels being “dirty”. The truth is the EPA has implemented ridiculous rules regarding diesel emissions. Most of these engines, while realistically providing much less emissions per mile driven than current gasoline powered cars in the US, don’t meet these strict new EPA standards. Most car companies don’t wish to invest the additional capitol required to come up with an engine that is applicable to only one market, when their current product is viable in ALL other markets. Simple economics. 🙂

  42. Remember the F100? perfect size for most people. My dad had a dozen of them over the years. Imagine that in DIESEL!!! The ranger needs to be re-done and returning with an F100 diesel would be the ticket.
    WAKE UP AMERICA!! Fuel will be back to $4 per gallon as soon as the economy turns around…

  43. He Jon buddy,
    You’re wrong it’s not a perception of the people, it’s what has been brainwashed into them. Industry and government all for their own reasons keep brainwashing, to keep this superior technology off this continent. One way to force the Diesels in here. Everybody in the market for a new vehicle should visit the dealer-ship and insist on a Diesel model. If not available refuse to buy a car at all. Imagine how fast we would see diesel cars over here when dealers would have to listen to this from every potential customer and therefore would not sell a vehicle for half a year. America wake up and smell the bacon!

  44. I would love my next car to be a diesel. My first husband and I owned a late 1970/early 1980 something Olds wagon, but they no longer offer domestic cars in the US with diesel engines.

    I don’t want a VW they can be pricey to fix and we have only one dealer nearby. Can’t afford any of the luxury euro cars. They really need to get on board here in the US.

    My son told me about the Mahindra (I know it’s a truck, but it’s a small one), but no one knows when they’ll be available here.

  45. I’m stationed in the middle east and we have ford rangers with turbo diesel engines all over base. They are great to drive plenty of power, not sure why they are not sold in the US.

  46. If you think U.S. politicians are serious about cutting fuel costs, you can disprove it with just two words: smart stoplights. Just ask a politician his position on that, and watch him mummble and flee. This only shows the collusion between automakers who already have diesel cars they sell in Europe they could easily sell here, the government, and the oil companies. Face it. We have seen the enemy, and he is us.

  47. Just bought a new 2010 Jetta TDI and am very pleased so far. It is quiet, clean, fun to drive and extremely thrifty with a gallon of fuel. Thankfully, VW makes the kinds of quality cars that a diesel oriented person, such as myself, can afford to purchase and maintain.
    I bought a new 1979 VW Rabbit Diesel in October 1978 and drove it up until 1995, regretfully selling the car to a relative (with almost 200,000 miles) after buying a then new Toyota T-100 pickup and needing a little extra quick cash. I would have later replaced the Rabbit Diesel with another VW diesel if there had been a dealer in my home town. I still do not have a local dealer, but grew tired of waiting for the other auto brands in this country to offer a vehicle that I could get excited about. So last week, I went ahead and bought another VW diesel from an out-of-town dealer.
    I have to agree with many of the comments that I have seen so far in regards to our domestic and other import manufacturers’ reluctance to build diesel passenger cars and light trucks for sale in the US. It just does not make logical sense for our domestic car makers to sell all kinds of diesel vehicles to the rest of the world and not offer a few select models over here. The technology to make them work over here is clearly available – so there is no excuse for not dropping some of these engines into existing passenger car and truck body styles for domestic sales.
    So, heck with them. I voted with my pocketbook and they lost a sale. I got my Jetta TDI, …love it and feel sure that I will drive it for at least 15 years – even though I am 42 miles from my dealer.

  48. Ya’ll covered every topic on why we don’t have diesels in the US. You’ve named many, many used cars and trucks or vehicles in other countries. Please recommend and tell us HOW TO PURCHASE A NEW foreign DIESEL SUV and have it shipped to this country. I don’t like the diesel choices available here/now. Voting with my checkbook…….thanks.

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