The Payback on DieselsKiplinger

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Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

The Payback on Diesels

I put three diesel models through paces and then applied the value test.

Would you a cup of joe with a filter that time on a tailpipe? I wouldn’t but that’s the premise of a video on blog “TDI Truth A snowy-white coffee filter to a 2009 Touareg 2 TDI (turbocharged injection) diesel’s backside pristine, while a filter connected to an old diesel model black. The message: Diesel dirty anymore.

Gasoline-electric — and the soon-to-come plug-in — still get most of the ink, but clean diesels are for environmental street cred of own. What skeptics may not is that unlike the smoky, diesels of the early ‘80s, diesels are as clean as gasoline The emissions rules that effect two years ago forced to retool their diesels to smog-forming nitrogen oxides and The new 2009 models meet strict emissions standards and can be in all 50 states. In fact, diesels about 20% less carbon than gasoline engines do. And diesel engines don’t to be as large as gas engines to generate the power, diesels are up to 40% more

The Price is Almost Right.

To sales, diesels have to more than an image You’ll pay more for a diesel than its gasoline-engine sibling, because of the complex antipollution and limited sales in the U.S. The ranges from $1,500 on M-Class and R-Class diesels to on the Audi Q7 TDI. The seven-seat GL320 BlueTEC is a rarity – $1,000 cheaper than the model.

Until recently, diesel cost more than But in early June, the national price for a gallon of diesel was 20 cents less than for gasoline. If you hold on to a diesel for five years (the ownership period), with cheaper than gasoline, likely recoup the extra of the vehicle with savings at the pump. Plus, tax credits are for diesels; credits for the 2009 range from $900 to

Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

Testing The New Models.

Other heavy-duty trucks, all diesels for sale in the U.S. are made by car companies, which already large numbers of diesels the world. The lineup consists of SUVs, but more sedans are Mercedes-Benz’s 2010 E350 will arrive next and an Acura TSX diesel is in the works.

I put all-new diesel models their paces and then the Kiplinger’s value test. than labeling and a different as you accelerate, you’d be hard-pressed to the difference between the diesel and the model.

The sticker price of the BMW 335d is or $1,700 more than the 335i. The 335d’s 425 pound-feet of (compared with the gas engine’s sent me screeching off the line. But with aggressive driving, I achieved the Environmental Protection rating of 27 miles per gallon in city and highway driving. If you 15,000 miles a year at fuel prices, you’ll $755 annually compared the gas-engine 335i. A $900 tax also helps. The BMW X5 xDrive35d got over 28 mpg on a road trip, the EPA highway rating of 26 mpg (city is as 19 mpg). You could save a year in fuel costs the gasoline-engine X5 30i, and there’s a tax credit. But the sticker price of carries a premium of $3,700 the already pricey X5 30i.

When you see numbers like 30 mpg and 41 mpg highway, you probably think But that’s the fuel economy of the Jetta TDI . the only diesel in the that isn’t in the luxury range. The Jetta TDI starts at an $22,270. The premium over the Jetta SE is $2,175, but you get a $1,300 tax and would spend $525 a less on fuel than the Jetta SE.

Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI
Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI
Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

Mercedes-Benz GL320 GDI

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