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Compare 2011 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

Advantages

Disadvantages

  • 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 2011

2009 | 2010


Year

Model (Trims)

Type

MSRP*

Fuel Econ.

2011

Audi A3 2.0 TDI (6) Sedan $30,250 42/30 mpg

2011

Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro (3) SUV $50,900 25/17 mpg

2011

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

2011

BMW X5 xDrive 35d (5) SUV $51,300 26/19 mpg

2011

Chevy Express CargoVan 3500 RWD (10) Van $42,180 --

2011

Chevy Express PassengerVan 3500 LS (14) Van $46,375 --

2011

Dodge Ram 3500 CrewCab 4X2 SLT (6) Truck $44,015 --

2011

Dodge Ram 3500 CrewCab 4X4 ST(6) Truck $42,375 --

2011

Dodge Ram 3500 MegaCab 4X2 (2) Truck $44,515 --

2011

Dodge Ram 3500 MegaCab 4X4 (2) Truck $51,465 --

2011

Ford F-450 SD CrewCab 4X4 (4) Truck $57,395 --

2011

GMC Savana CargoVan G2500 RWD (10) Van $37,975 --

2011

GMC Savana PassengerVan LS G3500 RWD (14) Van $44,505 --

2011

Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 BlueTEC (9) Sedan $50,900 33/22 mpg

2011

Mercedes-Benz M-Class M350 BlueTEC (5) SUV $50,490 25/18 mpg

2011

Mercedes-Benz R-Class R350 BlueTEC 4MATIC(5) Sedan $51,740 24/18 mpg

2011

Mercedes-Benz GL-Class GL350 BlueTEC (3) SUV $60,950 21/17 mpg

2011

VW Golf 2.0L 4 Door TDI (4) Sedan $23,435 41/30 mpg

2011

VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (3) Wagon $25,830 42/30 mpg

2011

VW Jetta Sedan TDI w/ Nav. (10) Sedan $24,195 42/30 mpg

2011

VW Touareg V6 TDI (3) SUV -- 28/19 mpg

 

* Base price

 

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