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Compare 2010 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 2010

2009 | 2011


Model (Trims)



Fuel Econ.


Audi A3 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel with S tronic (6)   SUV   $29,950   42/30 mpg


Audi Q7 TDI quattro Premium (3)   SUV   $50,900   25/17 mpg


BMW 3 Series Sedan 335d (5) Sedan   $43,950  36/23 mpg


BMW X5 xDrive 35d (3) SUV   $51,300  26/19 mpg


Chevy Express Cargo Van 2500 RWD (10)   Van   $37,770   --


Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab 4X2 ST SWB (6)   Truck   $38,410   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Crew Cab 4X4 ST LWB (6)   Truck   $41,585   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4X2 SWB (2)   Truck   $48,025   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab 4X4 SWB (2)   Truck   $51,000   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 4X2 ST LWB (2)   Truck   $36,095   N/A


Dodge Ram 3500 Regular Cab 4X4 ST LWB (2)   Truck   $39,070   N/A


Ford F-450 SD CrewCab 4X2 172-in. WB XL (3)   Truck   $44,720   N/A


Ford F-450 SD CrewCab 4X4 172-in. WB Lariat (3)   Truck   $55,660   N/A


GMC Savana Cargo Van G2500 RWD (10)


 $37,770 --


Mercedes GL-Class GL350 BlueTEC (3)   SUV   $59,950   23/17 mpg


Mercedes M-Class ML350 BlueTEC (4)   SUV   $49,700   25/18 mpg


Mercedes R-Class R350 BlueTEC (2)   SUV   $50,800   24/18 mpg


VW Golf 2.0L 4 Door TDI (6) Sedan $22,760  41/30 mpg


VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (5) Wagon $24,615  41/30 mpg


VW Jetta Sedan TDI (12) Sedan $22,830  41/30 mpg


VW Touareg V6 TDI (2) SUV $44,350  25/18 mpg


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