Diesel technology tends to offer improved fuel efficiency over equivalent gas-powered alternatives. Add in the fact that diesel engines deliver exceptional torque and driving dynamics, and it's easy to see why these engines are becoming more and more popular in America. Review this list of 2011 diesel cars to determine if any of these fuel-friendly models are right for you.
2011 Audi A3 TDI
Volkswagen's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine is available on a number of vehicles this year. EPA estimates suggest figures almost as good as top hybrid vehicles (30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway). Other advantages of the A3 include solid safety scores and a contemporary design that appeals to a broad audience. Downsides include a high base MSRP ($30,174) and cramped rear seating.
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2011 Audi Q7 TDI
With an estimated 17 mpg in the city ad 25 mpg on the highway, the Audi Q7 TDI is one of the most fuel-efficient luxury SUVs on the road. These ratings come courtesy of a 3.0-liter TDI V-6 that makes 225 horsepower. Base price comes in just above $50,000.
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2011 BMW 335d
The diesel BMW 3 Series is a performance-oriented luxury machine that also manages to earn 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Engine specs indicate a stout 265 horsepower and 425 lb-ft. of torque. The BMW 335d starts around $43,120.
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2011 BMW X5 xDrive 35d
The TwinPower Turbo engine available on the BMW X5 diesel manages 265 horsepower and is revered as one of the most powerful diesel engines for the year. Fuel efficiency also comes in at a respectable 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Initial asking price for the diesel BMW X5 is listed at $49,660.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC
Mercedes-Benz bolsters its commitment to diesel technology with the re-introduction of a diesel engine option to the E-Class. The 3.0-liter V-6 diesel serves up 210 horsepower and mileage of 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Initial price for this diesel sedan is set at $50,900.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC
The Mercedes-Benz M-Class is available with a BlueTEC diesel engine that produces 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Given the 210-hp V-6 performance offered by this luxury SUV, those fuel figures are pretty good. A base MSRP of $47,895 places it in stiff competition with the more powerful (and less refined) BMW X5 diesel.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC
The Mercedes-Benz 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel also finds its way into the Mercedes-Benz GL350. In this premium luxury package, the engine delivers 17 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Base MSRP is $58,363.
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2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC
The Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC diesel is a crossover SUV that starts at $51,740. For that price, you'll get a luxurious interior and fuel ratings of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The same 3.0-liter V-6 for on other MB's delivers 210 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque.
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2011 Volkswagen Golf TDI
The VW Golf TDI serves as a more affordable alternative to the Audi A3 TDI. Outfitted with the same engine, drivers can expect 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. A base MSRP of $22,810 makes it one of the most accessible diesel options for the year.
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
For those who are unsatisfied with the amount of room offered by the Golf, the Jetta TDI delivers identical mileage and a larger interior. Starting at $22,995, the base MSRP is also comparable. For those who need even more room, the TDI engine is also available on the VW Jetta Sportwagen.
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2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
The VW Touareg comes outfitted with a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. An output of 225 horsepower helps give the Touareg decent acceleration and driving dynamics. Base price is around $43,000.
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