5 Diesel Alternatives to the Affected Volkswagen Vehicles
If you were in the market for a new diesel vehicle in the U.S., your options—at least temporarily—have gotten a lot smaller. Due to the recent Volkswagen diesel scandal, the company has enacted a sales freeze on its non-compliant four-cylinder diesel models, which include a range of late model Audi A3, Jetta, Golf, Passat, and Beetle TDI vehicles. A few highly popular cars to say the least. While it’s true Volkswagen is one of the largest purveyors of diesel vehicles in North America, they certainly aren’t the only provider. Take a look at the following diesel-powered alternatives for current U.S. new car shoppers. It is no secret that the EPA and others are starting to take a closer look at diesel models in all corners of the market. If your heart is set on diesel, these are good bets, but if you are worried this problem extends to more diesel models, there are plenty of hybrids, EVs, and high-MPG gas cars out there to choose from. We'll have those options soon. 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Diesel doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg in America. The prime example—Chevrolet’s Cruze Diesel, which retails from $25,660. The popular sedan receives a makeover for 2016 with the diesel option set to return in 2017, however remaining 2015 models still tote an EPA rated 33 mpg combined city/highway from their 2.0-liter engines.
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2015 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wagon
The 2015 Golf SportWagen thrilled road testers earlier this year with its handling and wagon practicality. For buyers looking elsewhere for a diesel wagon, the BMW 328d offers another option. It asks a much higher $43,450 price, but offers 280 lb.-ft. of torque and an EPA rated 35 mpg in combined driving. A 328d sedan is also available.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC
Starting at $39,400, the outgoing GLK250 BlueTEC might be “more car” than prospective Volkswagen Jetta diesel customers are looking for, but with its lifecycle now ending, potential year-end deals could make it an attractive buy. The efficient GLK nets an EPA rated 28 mpg in mixed city/highway driving.
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2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Most potential Golf or Beetle TDI buyers won’t cross shop a mammoth-by-comparison Jeep Grand Cherokee. But for a base price of around $41,000, it is an option. EPA ratings give the big Jeep 24 mpg combined. Buyers also get a massive 420 lb.-ft. punch of torque.
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Future Diesel: Mazda6 SkyActiv-D
For years, Mazda has said it remains committed to bringing its SkyActiv 2.2-liter diesel engine to the U.S. market, however due to a lack of “zoom-zoom,” Mazda has delayed its introduction until its on-road performance can match its emissions prowess. While fans may lament the delay, in hindsight, the move makes sense.
When all things are said and done, the lasting impression on the automotive market from "Dieselgate" will be much more stringent testing and regulation of diesel cars within America. The system has been beaten once—the EPA won't let it happen again, and has already warned GM about added testing scrutiny on its new Colorado/Canyon Duramax diesel. In the coming days and weeks, you can bet all of the cars listed above will also have their emissions reevaluated on the road as well.
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