2011 diesel cars in the USA: here’s the lineup

Have you seen our new 2012 diesel car lineup post?

There have been a few exciting new developments in diesel automobiles available in the United States since we published our 2010 list, but for the most part the diesel vehicles available in the US remain the same.

A wide variety of car manufacturers have diesel available in Europe, but the stricter emissions standards in the States have prevented them from bringing those models over here. It’s evidently quite expensive to upgrade a standard diesel engine so that it meets US “clean diesel” standards. Therefore, while there are some diesel powered cars available in the United States, it’s currently a minority market.

Without further hesitation, here’s our list of diesel powered cars for 2011 in the US:

Acura – There has been speculation of an Acura diesel model in the US for 2011, but recent updates show that the manufacturer is currently shying away from one being offered in the US. Currently, there is no diesel model available.

Audi – Audi will continue to offer its TDI diesel line. Complete information can be found on the Audi TDI site. The two cars offered are the Audi A3 TDI and the Audi Q7 TDI.

In 2010, the A3 was listed as the Green Car Journal’s ‘Green Car of The Year.’ It gets 30 mpg hwy and 42 mpg city. You may also remember it from the Green Police Ad featured during the last Superbowl.

The Q7 TDI is Audi’s diesel powered SUV. This SUV gets 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. Coincidentally, it’s also the same diesel engine that the Porsche Diesel engine is based off of (however, Porsche currently only has a diesel model available in Europe). More information about the Q7 can be found here.

BMW – Many will argue that Bavarian Motor Works make some of the finest cars out there. Not to be outdone, BMW also offers two different diesel models: The 335d and the X5 xDrive 35d.

The 335d sedan features a 3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A engine, and gets 23 mpg city and 36 mpg highway (for a combined total of 27).

The 2011 BMW X5 xDrive 35d features is a 265 horsepower, 3.0-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that gets 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

Buick – There are no Buick diesel models available in the US for 2011.

Cadillac – Cadillac does not currently offer any of their models in Diesel.

Chevrolet – There are no Chevy cars that feature diesel, but the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD Pickup Truck comes with a Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 that has an output of 397 max horsepower and 765 lb.-ft. of torque.

This truck is supposed to have a 11% increase in fuel saving technology over the 2010 model.

Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge – Chrysler and Jeep do not offer any cars with diesel capabilities for 2011. Dodge, however does. The 2011 Ram Chassis is available in diesel (if you plan to do a lot of heavy loading from now and then, or are really just a hoss).

In addition, the 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 models are also slated to be diesel trucks, with the 2500 typically getting 15 mpg city and 20 hwy.

Ford – Cars, not so much. Trucks, Yes. The Ford Super Duty models (F-250, F-350, and F-450) are all available with a 6.7L Power Stroke(R) V8 Turbo Diesel Engine.

These trucks are workhorses, but can also be the maximum in comfort. The King Ranch edition, for example comes fully loaded so you can utilize your truck in style as well as in an alternative fuel manner.

GMC – Much like Chevy, GMC will feature the Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD models with a diesel engine.

Honda – While there has been plenty of speculation and hope of Honda releasing a 2011 diesel model in the US, it doesn’t appear as if that will be happening.

Hyundai – The folks over at Hyundai currently have no diesel models slated for the US in 2011.

Kia – Kia currently does not have a diesel powered car in the US market.

Lexus – While there are plenty of fuel efficient hybrids that Lexus has to offer, they currently do not have a diesel model available in the United States.

Lincoln – There are no Lincoln diesel models listed for the 2011 year.

Mazda – No diesel models are listed for 2011.

Mercedes-Benz – Mercedes features three models with their diesel Bluetec system. These models are the ML350, the GL350, and the R350. The R350 model is a crossover, while the G and M models are sport utility vehicles.

As far as gas mileage is concerned the M class will get 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, the G class will get 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway, and the R class will get 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. These models were also available in 2010.

Mercury – There are no Mercury diesel models listed for 2011.

Mitsubishi –2011 does not have any diesel models listed for Mercury.

Nissan – There are no diesel cars slated to come out for Nissan in 2011, despite some speculation.

Pontiac – There are no new Pontiacs for 2011, or ever for that matter. Hence, there will be no Pontiac models available as diesel powered cars either.

Porsche – While there is a Porsche Cayenne diesel powered SUV available in Europe, there is not currently one available in the USA.

However, a unique fact is that the engine technology used for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel features the same look and basic engine design of the Volkswagon Toureg TDI and the Audi Q7 TDI, both of which are available in the United States of America.

Saab – There are currently no Saab diesel models slated for 2011 in America.

Saturn – There are currently no Saturn diesel models available. Much like Pontiac, there will be no more Saturns made ever. So hope you weren’t holding out hope for a Saturn diesel model, because quite simply put: it’s not going to happen.

Subaru – Subaru unfortunately doesn’t have any diesel models available in the US, although they are available in Europe.

Toyota – There has also been some buzz and speculation of Toyota potentially releasing a diesel model in the US in 2011, but this will not be the case either.

Volkswagen – Ah yes, the “V-dub.” There are actually four Volkswagen diesel models available in the United States. They are the Touareg TDI (a sport utility vehicle), the Jetta TDI, The Jetta SportWagen TDI, and the Volkswagen Golf.

Gas Milage for the Touareg is 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. For the Jetta, it’s a whopping 30 mpg and 42 mpg highway. As far as the golf is concerned, you’re going to be looking at a very similar number: 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Volvo – There have been Volvo diesels before, and there are Volvo diesel cars overseas, but 2011 will not see any Volvo diesel cars in the United States.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

136 thoughts on “2011 diesel cars in the USA: here’s the lineup”

  1. Would it not make more since for the U.S to have cheaper diesel
    fuel. all our goods are transported buy semitrucks if their cost is cheaper than our (consumer) cost is cheaper!

    Hell only took me 5min to figure this out after reading these articles, we have the dumbest goverment in the world!

    The U.S. goverment needs to lower the tax on diesel fuel so we all win, lower transportation cost, save the enviroment, increase
    our mileage in car.

    p.s. get rid of all suv’s that is America’s biggest problem!

  2. Didn’t see anything about Bio-diesel… it is SO easy to convert a regular diesel to run on Bio-diesel it isn’t even funny. Most don’t even need a conversion at all! Home brew fuel means less imports for a stronger echonomy on the homefront, AND possibly more jobs. By the way, the subaru diesels I drove in Germany handled great. Far better than I expected.

    Even Brazil uses more Ethanol and Bio-diesel than any other fuel. We are falling behind the rest of the world! Come on US, be the “World Leader” you clame to be!!!!!!!!

    I vote YES to diesel!!!

  3. If the car makers would bring diesels to the market, people would buy them. I drove a superb ford kuga diesel in Germany last year. The people with me thought I had messed up when I filled up the tank with fuel oil..They really thought it was a gas powered suv. At home I drive a Dodge Ram with the Cummins turbo-diesel so I’m totally sold!… Bring us more non-truck diesels like the rest of the world has…

  4. I think people will soon see a change in the market place all together. Ford’s new product line is boosting an added savings of 30% mpg with new patented technology. I’m hearing rumers that this is it # 6,518,209 Tytan purchased the patent in Feb of 2010. That’s some big numbers that will soon bring Ford back on top and the technology is going to make an impact indeed.

  5. Has anyone heard whether VW is planning to offer once again the new beetle with the TDI diesel engine currently being installed in the Jetta and Golf.

  6. This is stupid. Why do we have to choose between a huge truck or an expensive german import? Why doesnt Ford let us buy the Ford Focus diesel that they sell all over europe??????? Will the republican party ever let that happen?????

  7. You know whut makes me sick? Thuh fact that we Amuricuns sit back and let thuh orl cumpanies ruin our way of life! But seriously, we need to take a lesson from Europe! We need more efficient ways of conducting our businesses. We gripe about how businesses keep on leaving our country; wouldn’t you? If you could make a widget somewhere else, have it shipped for cheap, and make a whopping profit to boot? We used to be a mobile population. Not any more. Our politicians seem to be more worried about petty bullshit instead of getting down to business. How can we make Americans more mobile again? And, if we do, will they not start traveling more, and spending more? I think this is pretty elementary. How about you?

  8. If you want the truth, quit blaming the oil companies and start looking at all the government agencies that control what the auto and oil companies can do. That is why we don’t have the diesel cars that they have in europe.

  9. Mini Cooper SDs have now been re-engineered with a BMW diesel are now available, and will likely have better mileage than the VWs even after all the US mods needed. Don’t know why BMW has decided not to sell them in US. They would sell vast quantities…

  10. Have a Golf TDI travel 600-750 miles/week, mostly interstate at 75-80 MPH and average 44 mpg and over 600 miles per tank. MPG creeps up the more miles I put on my car. Drove about 70-75 MPH one week, got close to 50 MPG.

  11. I own a 2010 Czech-made Skoda (part of ther VW group) Octavia 1.6-litre TDi common-rail turbodiesel sedan with manual 5-speed gearbox. This car is broadly the same size as a Jetta sedan and is sold in some 100 countries. The same 1.6l.engine is found in some Audi , VW and SEAT cars sold in Europe. Performance is more than adequate- remember there are speed limits in force everywhere- and I have achieved in extra-urban driving 63.8 mpg to the Imperial gallon (c. 53 mpg to the US gallon). The engine is very refined and quiet,too. This is a very well-equipped sedan and shows what economy can be achieved with diesel technology. Diesels no longer mean smelly residues or frequent filter changes- service intervals are 15,000kms ( c. every 10,000 miles). Low CO2 emissions and particulate filters ensure that impact on the environment is kept to a minimum.
    Yes, gas costs twice as much in Europe. However, I visit the USA every year and rent a car (gas, as I can never rent a diesel there….) and notice that operating (i.e.fuel) costs are just as high as in Europe as US cars appear to us to have very high fuel consumption compared to Europe’s diesel cars. My point is that if American drivers were to go diesel, their motoring bills would decrease significantly. Economies of scale now mean that diesel cars shouldn’t cost ant more than gas-powered models. I just thought I’d add my experience to the debate……

  12. Bottom Line, The big thing the Gov. regulates is safety, emissions, and mpg. The cars in europe have side rails instead of tubes, the emissions aren’t as strict because there are far fewer cars in europe and much more public trans. The Gov. is trying to raise the mpg standard here not lower it. If you want a clearer picture, Canada has the same standards as we do and they have plenty of diesels there including the diesel smart car. None of them are sold here. I think you should stop looking for some big government scapegoat and place the blame where it belongs. With the oil and car companies and the politicians who work for them instead of for the people.

  13. America. This government of the stupid, by the stupid, for the stupid, should just go ahead and drop dead already.

  14. It would be nice to see lets say vw Tiguan as diesel, or even better Ford Edge why do we have to pick btw 50k touareg and little golf or jetta, give us more choices. Nissan xterra diesel for abut 30k cant go wrong …
    Goverment needs to stimulate car makers to bring these cars to US. Diesel all the way

  15. Thank your locally-elected, alternatively influenced politicians for taxing diesel so much in misguided efforts to “stick it to the man”.

    All they have done is build costs that end up on consumers and leave the fuel market so fiscally tilted away from diesel that vehicle builders are afraid to commit to the U.S. market with the flux of the fuel cost alone.

    I’d snap up a diesel Subaru Outback and a BMW 530d if this foolishness would abate and let the oilers push the hybrid fad into the tall grass with their real-world performance.

  16. I am driving my third Jeep diesel (one Liberty, two Grand Cherokees). They are amazing vehicles and I will have nothing but diesel powered vehicles from now on. Unfortunately, Chrysler (Fiat) discontinued the diesel powered Jeeps and I am not keen to go to a uber expensive European made BMW, Mercedes, Audi, or VW. Hopefully a North American manufacturer will fill this void soon.

  17. What about Smart car, two-for diesels? They make them in Europe, will they ever get into the US market, it is starving for their deisels. Please let me know, thanks, Ron


  19. I really do wish that American car companies will bring Diesel cars to the US. I am in the market to purchase a new car and the VW TDI’s look great, but I was raised to buy American. Even though I have a bias as I am german and scandinavian, I still cannot see myself in any type of those cars. Shoot I even feel guilty for considering not buying anything other than American. Especially given the economic times it is important to support America in any way we can, FORD, Chevy and Dodge should really consider this, DIESEL is no longer a dirty word. PLEASE BRING AMERICAN DIESEL CARS TO AMERICA!!!!

  20. Follow the Wrong Leader

    Missing out on the Win/ Win
    Canada has been accused of not addressing global warming as much as other nations. President Obama announced recently that new fuel economy regulations will require a corporate average fuel economy of 54.5 mpg by 2025 for all passenger vehicles. Unfortunately the Canadian government has done little to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions which tend to go hand in hand. Criticism is therefore rightly due. Especially at this time of economic hardship, Canadians are more willing than ever to defer the costs claimed to be associated with reducing carbon emission. Our main concerns revolve around measures to stimulate the economy, create jobs, reduce our deficit and contain inflation if and when in appears. One major inflationary factor that is sure to occur that will hamper economic growth relates to the rise in oil prices in conjunction with economic activity. As Canadians we squander our oil resources almost as much as our neighbors, the American’s. Due to our vast geography, high levels of urbanization and the relative inability of mass transit to offer a means to eliminate ownership requirements of the personal vehicle, we are more dependent on our vehicles and the world price of oil than almost any other nation in the world. It is therefore in our best interest to reduce our per capita consumption of oil. Of course in today’s deficit budget economy and the current global recession, we cannot afford to address this issue. It will cost the tax payer and business too much. THAT ARGUMENT IS BUNK!!!
    Perhaps the most visible usage of oil resources and variable carbon emissions is attached to the automotive industry. With modern technology and virtual harmonization of emission standards with Europe, today we can have our cake (reduced emissions) and eat it (pay less as consumers) to.
    Europe has significantly higher fuel prices than North America. As a result their vehicles are differently designed. The majorities of European vehicles are sold with diesel engines and have slightly less horsepower than American norms. I mention American norms because Canada is treated by vehicle manufacturers and distributors as another state of the USA. Despite purchaser evidence to the contrary, it is assumed that Canadians share our neighbors to the south aversion to diesel engines which are perceived to be noisy, dirty and underpowered. It has been simpler to ignore the fact that Canadians have a much more European purchasing phycology and in fact embrace diesel engines and their inherent fuel economy wherever they are offered. Sadly, diesel engine offerings in Canada are limited to just a few manufacturers of German origin in all but large trucks. With the exception of VW, these manufacturers provide their diesel offerings in upscale luxury sedans which due to their cost are targeted at the consumers group that can most afford to pay more if fuel prices skyrocket. The large numbers of European vehicles available that offer significant fuel savings as well as reduced emissions are not offered in Canada to the detriment of the Canadian consumer and our environment.

    Charting our own North American direction
    The solution is simple. The Canadian government needs to mandate fuel economy standards while fast tracking diesel engine certification for the Canadian market. High horsepower gasoline engines should be taxed at a premium in keeping with their emissions output. A simple emissions surcharge or rebate system for all new vehicles sold based upon a combination of combined average fuel economy and vehicle emissions that rewards selection of more efficient vehicles while taxing the selection of high fuel consumption and high emission vehicles is a simple solution. A clear message also needs to be sent to the vehicle manufacturers that we deserve the same fuel economy technology that is available elsewhere and we are not to be treated as just another US state. It is simple to target average fuel economy for all vehicles sold in the Canadian market while at the same time working with manufactures to communicate and assist in fast tracking certification for European technology.
    Mind boggling discrepancies
    Below are just a few examples of US/ Canadian vehicle specifications compared to their European counterparts.
    Small sample comparison of European vs. American best fuel efficient model offerings:
    Vehicle European American
    Fiat 500 1.3 Diesel (72.4 mpg) 1.4 Gas (30/38mpg)
    Ford Fiesta 1.6 Diesel (78.5 mpg) 1.6 gas (29/40 mpg)
    Kia Rio 1.5 Diesel (62.8 mpg) 1.6 gas (36/40 mpg)
    Mazda 2 1.6 Diesel (67.3 mpg) 1.5 gas (30/36 mpg)
    Mini 1.6 Diesel (67.3 mpg) 1.6 gas (29/37 mpg)
    Toyota Yaris 1.4 Diesel (68 mpg) 1.5 gas (29/36 mpg)
    Mazda 5 1.6 Diesel (54.3 mpg) 2.5 gas (21/28 mpg)
    Honda Accord 2.2 Diesel (50.4 mpg) 2.4 gas (23/34 mpg)
    Land Rover LR2/ Discovery 2.2 Diesel (45.6 mpg) 3.2 Gas (18mpg)

    The above comparisons show the most fuel efficient engines available for the listed models and where possible the combined city/ highway mileage fuel economy for these vehicles in the UK compared to North American offerings. Although these numbers compares British imperial gallons (equal to 4.54 liters) to the smaller US gallon (equal to 3.79 liters) thus making the European cars appear 17% more fuel efficient, a quick calculation shows that the UK vehicle cited have an average fuel economy of 63mpg UK for the listed vehicles compared with American/ Canadian best efficiency offerings at highway only fuel economy of 34 mpg US. Even after the UK vehicle are adjusted to convert the fuel economy to match the US vehicle the European spec vehicles average 52.3 US mpg compared with 34 US mpg with North American vehicles of the same make and model. We are in fact using 35% more fuel and the consumer is paying that much more to the oil companies than we should be paying.
    The same old case against change
    The standard argument is the European emissions standards are weaker and therefore allow for the use of “dirty”, “noisy” diesel engines. That is no longer true as all currently made diesel engines are very clean. In fact in some cities on smog filled days the air is has less particulate in it coming out of the tailpipe than the air that goes in the engine. Current Euro and EPA/ CARB specs are now almost identical allowing European style diesel to be sold here with little modification. The current Euro 5 emission standard requires passenger vehicle diesel engines to produce grams per kilogram ratings of less than 0.5 of CO2; 0.18 of No2 and ); 0.23 of HC+NO2 and 0.005 of Particulate Matter. With the exception of NO2 this exceeds even the current gasoline emission standards in Europe. The United States does not participate in the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations requiring different vehicle standards for the North American market dominated by the USA. Current US standards require no more than 0,032 grams per mile of hydrocarbons; 4,2 grams per mile of carbon monoxide; 1.25 grams per mile of NOx and 0.10 of particulate matter. These are all well within standard currently achievable using European diesel engines. A major reason for not offering more fuel efficient vehicles in the Canadian market is that they will not sell in the US. Why should that impact us? Most manufacturers would like to use a joint marketing strategy for North America with the same models, the same expensive commercials, the same reasons for purchasing and a streamlined parts distribution system. It is therefore more expensive to treat Canada separately despite our differing culture and purchasing patterns from the US. Although the costs in advertising and aftermarket support would in fact increase if manufacturers sold their European diesel engines into Canada, this increased cost would in fact be offset by both the increased income going toward the emission reduction research and development costs incurred to create these engines plus providing a more unique Canadian vehicle that could not be purchased at a lower price in the US whenever the exchange rate moves in a direction favorable to cross boarder shopping.
    The power in affect change
    Can Canada dictate standards that the automotive industry will follow? Most of the emission reduction standards and focus on improved fuel efficiency in the US has been dictated by California. With a population equal to the size of California and the added relevance of being a sovereign nation, Canada has the size and economic relevance to become a leader in North American vehicle fuel economy standards in addition to achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Not only can this be achieved without added cost to the Canadian consumer but it will serve to reduce inflation as oil prices increase in parallel with economic recovery and growth. Vehicle manufacturers like Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz have proven that Canadian consumers desire a more European vehicle. It is no accident that Mercedes launched their Smart Car into the Canadian marketplace well in advance of the US or that Volkswagen sell a much larger percentage of diesel powered vehicles in Canada than in the US. The market exists in Canada however it is only the cost efficiency derived by manufacturers in treating Canada and the US as a single market dominated by US preferences that has limited Canadians from benefiting from the reduced operating costs and carbon emissions that currently exist elsewhere in the first world nations of the world. Let the US continue their focus on big horse power gasoline powered cars that consume far too much fuel if they wish. We have the power to take a different direction that will benefit the Canadian consumer our economy and our environment.
    Robert Owen

  21. Yes, you did miss one. Land rover has a diesel version of the lr4, evoque, and other previous models.

  22. that is greay that you keep up with every brand thanks i hope the us gets with it desiel is where it at . keep me posted i have a ford desiel but uk has ranger desiel we need to get rid of our epa and transportation dot they regulate when they should not

  23. Thank you Robert. I was in the market for a diesel but now I will wait a little longer since I only have 5 family car options. This is not a healthy industry if they don’t offer a better gas mileage option.

  24. The Jeep Wrangler diesel is built in the states and shipped/sold the world over but its not available in North America. Thats crazy. Let us have a diesel choice! Have a Grand Cherokee diesel and VW TDI and love them both.

  25. as long as its a diesel it should be ok i have a Mercedes i drive my car about 1 mile then flip a switch and run on vegetable oil all day and deliver pizzas i get my oil from 3 restaurants 2 of them leave the oil for me and i go to another restaurants and take oil from a bin they have out back i pour it in a filter then put it in a big pot and heat it up to get what little water might be in it then poor it in my tank in my trunk

  26. Sorry american folks. Have you ever driven a small SUV with 4.8l fuel per 100km, about 48miles per US-gallon – with an average of 130km/h or about 80miles/h … skoda yeti, 2.0 diesel engine, 4wd, 140ps?

  27. America and Canada need more diesel options, we shouldnt be limited to our selection. for the love of god they make the KIA RIO in EU with a CRDI engine (diesel), one of the cheapest cars yet to date, WTF! And it sure isnt an expensive german import…

  28. Diesels are the most efficient i just dont understand why the democrats tax diesel so much in this country. it should be 3/4 the cost like in europe where I lived. If the liberals here learnd from those in Europe we could have these vehicles with diesel fuel at a lower price while reducing emissions and fuel consumption in this country. They are too wraped up in hybrid vehicles that use hazzardous metals for all the electronics and batteries. The democrates want to invest in battiers, how about desiel technology which is here now, just cut the taxes!

  29. Hey you missed one, the The germans make 5 the Golf, Touareg TDI, The Jetta TDI, Jetta Wagon and the Bug New style in diesel. I’m looking to buy one.

  30. I have a M B 240 and love it. I had diesel cars all my life. I’m looking for on other M B diesel passibly a 300, If any one can direct me on where the best place is to look to find one.
    I would also like to know what American cars are diesel powerd ????.
    If any one has any questions on M B 240 email me.

  31. Correction!!! There are no diesel cars here in usa not becouse of thr”high emmision standarts” it is becouse of the wrong policy of the goverment and the help of the oil companies.why vw meets the standarts and honda cannot? Why vw does not offer the lupo 3l here-81mpg diesel? Why mercedes and the 3cyl diesel smart are not in usa -76mpg fot this champion!!!! Becouse the goverment needs to steal our money that is why people!!!

  32. It is has certainly been obvious for some time that the asinine politics and political correctness crap soooooo prevalent here in the United States is what keeps the simple and elegant solution of DIESEL from rapidly proliferating to greatly reduce fuel consumption AND waste. “Diesel” may also be a victim to some degree of the “not invented here” syndrome. Dumb people should realize that gasoline engines of today use the Otto Combustion Cycle which was also invented by a German. It appears that “hybrid insanity” has taken hold here in the USA because it was probably invented here. The State of California, with its infinite arrogance and jackass liberal politicians, thinks they are smarter than anyone else and are also culpable for a great many of the asinine pollution requirements. Hell, they cannot even balance the state budget so who would expect them to come up with any kind of logical, objective requirements for anything else.

  33. Hybrids would get at least 33% greater MPG if their engines only operated at a fixed, optimized RPM rather than operating over a wide range of RPM’s like every other car does. The trade-off using an engine that runs at one, optimized RPM is slightly decreased performance, however a higher-performance engine could be used to make up the difference, and the fixed-RPM hybrid would still get better MPG. (My 2000 Corvette with a 5.7 L, V-8 motor putting out 385 SAE HP and ~375+ ft-lbs of torque gets 31 MPG on the highway at 80 MPH while only turning 1700 RPM!
    Current hybrids are a red herring – they’re bullcrap, political correctness to make people feel good. I’ve driven the gen I and gen III Priuses, and they’re awful. The handling is awful and the power per a given amount of throttle varies greatly depending on the relative amount of power being supplied by the battery and/or engine.
    Another crock of bull is biodiesel and ethanol. The fact is, is that if every acre of arable land, including that not even being currently used, were used to grow rapeseed or soybeans or anything else to produce biodiesel, then all the biodiesel produced would only supply enough fuel to supply the entire US for two weeks! And using food to make ethanol is about the dumbest thing this country could possibly do. Another fact is that the more ethanol we produce, the more petroleum we have to import! No one considers that it takes diesel to plow and disk the fields. It requires diesel to plant the crops, and petroleum is used to produce the base chemicals from which pesticides are made. It takes high-octane gasoline for the airplane and/or a diesel tractor to apply pesticides and the fertilizer. A diesel tractor is required to harvest the corn. It takes a diesel semi truck or locomotive to transport the corn to the fermentation facility. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to distill the ethanol from the mash, and the ethanol produced is 95% pure; it contains too much water, therefore it takes benzene or another chemical to form a three-phase azeotrope to produce ethanol pure enough to be used as a fuel. Then, it takes a semi or a diesel locomotive to transport the ethanol to the petroleum refinery where it is blended with gasoline. Finally, the 10% ethanol/gasoline blend has less energy/gal than gasoline. In fact, your gas mileage will fall by about 6%. When all of these factors are added together, it ends up using significantly more petroleum to burn 10% ethanol, or any percentage of ethanol, and it adds to out national debt In the end, burning corn in our cars requires a lot more petroleum than simply burning pure gasoline from the get-go.
    Why don’t you idiot tree-huggers take a class in thermodynamics, or at least THINK about how things actually work before you continue going around lobbying for biodiesel and gasohol!

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