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Compare 2009 Diesel and Bio-Diesel Vehicles on the Market



2006 Ford escape HybridDiesel vehicles may be making a comeback. Diesel engines are more powerful and fuel-efficient than similar-sized gasoline engines (about 30-35% more fuel efficient). Plus, today's diesel vehicles are much improved over diesels of the past. Improved fuel injection and electronic engine control technologies have increased power, improved acceleration and increased efficiency. New engine designs, along with noise- and vibration-damping technologies, have made them quieter and smoother. Cold-weather starting has been improved also.

Today's diesels must meet the same emissions standards as gasoline vehicles. Advances in engine technologies, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, and improved exhaust treatment have made this possible. Although emissions of particulates and smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) are still relatively high, new "clean" diesel fuels, such as ultra-low sulfur diesel and biodiesel, and advances in emission control technologies will reduce these pollutants also.

Biodiesel Compared to Petroleum Diesel



  • Domestically produced from non-petroluem, renewable resources

  • Can be used in most diesel engines, especially newer ones

  • Less air pollutants (other than nitrogen oxides) and greenhouse gases

  • Biodegradable

  • Non-toxic

  • Safer to handle

  • Use of blends above B5 not yet warrantied by auto makers

  • Lower fuel economy and power (10% lower for B100, 2% for B20)

  • Currently more expensive

  • More nitrogen oxide emissions

  • B100 generally not suitable for use in low temperatures

  • Concerns about B100's impact on engine durability

Biodiesel is a form of diesel fuel manufactured from vegetable oils, animal fats, or recycled restaurant greases. It is safe, biodegradable, and produces less air pollutants than petroleum-based diesel. In many ways, biodiesel is the perfect fuel for buses and trucks. It produces fewer polluting emissions, supplies of it can be renewed indefinitely, and because feedstock materials can be grown domestically, use of it can help bolster the U.S. economy while lessening this country?s dependence on foreign petroleum products.

Biodiesel can be used in its pure form (B100) or blended with petroleum diesel. Common blends include B2 (2% biodiesel), B5, and B20. B2 and B5 can be used safely in most diesel engines. However, most vehicle manufacturers do not recommend using blends greater than B5, and engine damage caused by higher blends is not covered by some manufacturer warranties.


Model Year 2009

2010 | 2011


Model (Trims)



Fuel Econ.


Audi Q7 TDI quattro Premium (4)   SUV   $50,900   N/A


BMW 3 Series Sedan 335d (5)   Sedan   $43,900   33/22 mpg


BMW X5 xDrive35d (3)   SUV   $51,200   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4X2 (3)   Truck   $44,455   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4X4 (3)   Truck   $51,075   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4X2 (8)   Truck   $45,735   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Quad Cab 4X4 (8)   Truck   $48,340   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 4X2 (3)   Truck   $38,235   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 4X4 (3)   Truck   $40,760   N/A


Dodge Sprinter 2500 EXT Van 170-in. WB   Van   $44,305   N/A


Dodge Sprinter 2500 Van 144-in. WB (2)   Van   $38,425   N/A


Dodge Sprinter 3500 EXT Van 170-in. WB   Van   $45,495   N/A


Dodge Sprinter 3500 Van 144-in. WB (2)   Van   $42,145   N/A


Dodge Sprinter Wagon 2500 170-in. WB (2)   Van   $47,200   N/A


Ford F-450 SD Crew Cab 4X2 172-in. (3)   Truck   $42,010   N/A


Ford F-450 SD Crew Cab 4X4 172-in. (3)   Truck   $44,925   N/A


Mercedes E-Class E320 BlueTEC Sedan (7)   Sedan   $54,200   32/23 mpg


Mercedes GL-Class GL320 BlueTEC (3)   SUV   $58,200   23/17 mpg


Mercedes M-Class ML320 BlueTEC (5)   SUV   $48,600   24/18 mpg


Mercedes R-Class R320 BlueTEC (2)   SUV   $49,150   24/18 mpg


VW Jetta Sedan TDI (10)   Sedan   $22,270   41/30 mpg


VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (7)   Sedan   $23,870   41/30 mpg


VW Touareg 2 V6 TDI (3)   SUV   $42,800   25/17 mpg


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