Posts from ‘Diesel Cars’
It wasn’t that long ago that the typical family-oriented passenger car was notably more fuel-efficient than the average SUV. Today, the efficiency gap between the two vehicle types is much smaller than it used to be. Crossover SUVs–those based on passenger-car chassis instead of truck-like body-on-frame architectures–have proliferated, and many new SUV models have gotten smaller and lighter while still retaining an extra degree of cargo room and functionality over their comparable passenger-car counterparts.
Class: Compact Car
Miles driven: 364
Fuel used: 10.8 gallons
2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Platinum Crew Cab 4X4
Class: Large Pickup Truck
Miles driven: 166
Fuel used: 12.8 gallons
It’s not just about ROI any more.
Back in the 1970s, diesels became attractive for passenger vehicles due to their superior fuel economy, and in some cases, the lower price of diesel fuel. As diesels often cost significantly more than a gas engine – and also suffered from noisy operation and meager power output – it was a diesel’s fuel-cost savings over time that accounted for their appealing Return On Investment.
But lower per-mile fuel costs are no longer a diesel’s only attraction.
Class: Premium Large SUV
Miles driven: 293
Fuel used: 12.3 gallons