According to the EPA, diesel engines typically return up to 35 percent better fuel economy than comparably sized gasoline fueled engines. The introduction of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuels to the U.S. market in 2007 finally paved the way for American drivers to take advantage of the benefits of a fuel European drivers had enjoyed for decades.
The high price of petroleum products over there is what led to the recognition of the advantages of diesel fuel. Paying between six and ten dollars MORE per gallon than we do, fuel-efficiency has been an issue in Europe for a very long time. Perhaps for this reason, you’ll find every vehicle on this list of 2014 diesel SUVs hail from European manufacturers.
There’s more good news here. In addition to the fuel economy advantages of diesel, the fuel now burns cleaner than ever before. Ultra-low sulfur content in diesel fuel enables the usage of advanced emission control technologies on diesel vehicles. The combination of ULSD with these advanced emission control technologies is sometimes called "clean diesel." A recently developed process—which involves injecting a chemical called Urea into the catalytic converter—makes ULSD fuels burn cleaner than gasoline.
So now, you can drive farther for less money, and feel good about your impact on the environment as well—with any of the vehicles on this list of 2014 diesel SUVs.