The Best Diesel Cars For 2020: Diesel Cars Are Making A Comeback

Diesel cars are making a comeback as consumers clamour for cars with robust engines with a more responsible fuel economy. A diesel-powered car is worth considering for your next major get-around.

The best diesel cars are not only for standard passenger cars. Some of our top picks include SUVs and substantially sized trucks. And you’ll find foreign and domestic options loaded with all the comfort features and entertainment options you could want. Here are the best diesel cars for 2020. Fit a range of budgets and needs.

Jeep Wrangler
The best

Jeep Wrangler

If you want an SUV that’s as efficient as it is capable, you should buy this

Who’s it for: Off-roaders who hate stopping for fuel.

How much will it cost: $39,290+

Why we picked the Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel:

Popular demand convinced Jeep to make a turbodiesel engine available in the United States for the first time. Called EcoDiesel, the unit in question is a 3.0-liter V6 that delivers 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque to the four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If it’s efficiency you’re wondering about. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates it at 22 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg in a mixed cycle. To add context, the 3.6-liter V6’s figures check in at 19, 22, and 21, respectively.

The EcoDiesel’s torque also gives the Wrangler a useful 3,500-pound towing capacity. The one major downside is that the engine is only offered in the four-door Wrangler Unlimited. Two-door models can’t be equipped with it. And Jeep charges $4,000 for it.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6
The best diesel performance SUV

The best diesel performance SUV

Who’s it for: Adventurers with something to tow.

Cost: $69,500+

Why we picked the Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6:

If you haven’t driven a diesel since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. The Range Rover Sport Td6 will leave you totally flabbergasted. It’s everything a modern six-cylinder diesel should be: Quiet, smooth, powerful, and efficient. Land Rover went to great lengths to design an oil-burning engine it can market to discerning luxury buyers.

The 3.0-liter Td6 V6 develops 254 hp and a massive 443 lb.-ft. It propels the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. That’s pretty quick for an SUV weighing almost 5,000 pounds. Because this is a diesel, you also get the ability to tow up to 7,716 pounds, as well as EPA-rated fuel economy of 24 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway).

It’s not all about fuel mileage figures. The V6 generates peak torque at 1,750 rpm. So the Td6-powered Sport is well-suited to going far off the beaten path. That low-end torque is exactly what you need when off-roading, which typically involves crawling along at a slow, steady pace. Adventurers, this is the engine to order if you don’t want to step up to a more expensive V8-powered model.

Chevrolet Colorado Diesel
The best diesel truck

The best diesel truck

 

The Chevrolet Colorado Diesel is all the truck you’ll ever need.

Who’s it for: Buyers seeking a daily-drivable workhorse.

Cost: $37,710+

Why we picked the Chevrolet Colorado Diesel:

Dropping a diesel engine in a compact pickup truck makes a lot of sense. Especially for customers who need a reliable, efficient workhorse to drive on a daily basis. The oil burner’s low-end torque makes towing and hauling a breeze. And the truck segment is one where any mpg improvement is welcomed like a Christmas basket.

Like the identical GMC Canyon, the Chevrolet Colorado benefits from a 2.8-liter four-cylinder developed by Duramax. The same company that designs the diesel engines used by Chevy’s heavy-duty trucks. It’s tuned to generate 181 hp and 369 lb.-ft., and it returns up to 30 mpg highway. Chevrolet also notes that the Colorado Diesel can tow up to 7,700 pounds when it’s properly equipped. Chevy, Ford, and Ram all offer diesel engines in larger half-ton trucks. But the Colorado offers plenty of capability in an easier-to-park package.

The Colorado Diesel is available in several configurations. The base truck comes with four doors and 61-inch-long cargo bed. Buyers who need to put more junk in the trunk can order a 74-inch long bed. And those who want to hit the trail can select the ZR2 package. It adds serious off-road goodies like a special suspension with additional ground clearance, all-terrain tires, and skid plates.

Land Rover Range Rover Td6
The best diesel luxury car

The best diesel luxury car

If you like spending money on everything except fuel, you should buy this

Who’s it for: Luxury car shoppers who drive a lot.

Cost: $91,700+

Why we picked the Land Rover Range Rover Td6:

The Range Rover Sport shows that diesels can be refined. And the bigger Range Rover shows that they can be properly luxurious. The fact that Land Rover felt confident enough to offer the Td6 engine in its flagship model shows just how far diesels have come.

The Range Rover uses the same 3.0-liter V6 as the Range Rover Sport that makes 254 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. This slab of luxury will do zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and tow up to 7,716 pounds, according to Land Rover. It will also return 24 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway). Not bad for a big SUV shaped liked a stately mansion.

What really sets this Range Rover apart, though, is its luxurious feel. This is an SUV that can rival the best Mercedes-Benz or BMW in quietness and comfort. But also go where those cars can’t. The Range Rover isn’t just luxurious for one BMW’s SUVa. It can easily compete against any of their luxury sedans or sports cars too. The diesel engine adds better fuel economy to the mix, and enhances the Ranger Rover’s off-road capability with its low-end torque. The only caveat is the Range Rover’s hefty price tag. There’s a lot to love about this vehicle. You’ve just got to be able to afford one.

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Peugeot 5008 Gains New Face And Tech For 2020

Peugeot has updated its 5008 family SUV with a new look, enhanced tech and streamlined trim structure with the brand’s latest design language.

Chief among the changes for the Skoda Kodiaq rival is a revised front end that brings the Peugeot 5008 into line with their newer models. It comprises a frameless grille that expands across the front, fading into horizontal stripes underneath the main headlight units.

Those headlights have a light bar which continues downwards. Replacing the old units which sat along the top contour of the headlight. Peugeot’s moved the 5008 badge to the leading edge of the bonnet. This design first adopted on the 508 and since applied to the 208, 2008 and 3008.

Peugeot 5008 gains styling and interior tweaks

Peugeot’s upgraded both screens, with the i-Cockpit digital dial pack now featuring new graphics and greater contrast. It comprising a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen. Wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted at all trim levels and the facelift brings three new USB sockets.

Peugeot 5008 gains styling and interior tweaks
Peugeot 5008 gains styling and interior tweaks


What’s more important is what hasn’t changed. The 5008 still offers seven seats, with three adult-sized units in the centre row. This makes it one of few cars that can accommodate three child seats sat next to each other.

A drive mode selector is now standard on 5008 models equipped with an automatic gearbox, allowing drivers to choose between Normal, Sport and Eco. As before, the 5008 can be specified with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. Buyers can choose the 128bhp 1.2-litre petrol with six-speed manual or eight-speed auto gearboxes, or a 1.6-litre four-cylinder with 178bhp and autobox as standard.

Expect pricing to be reveales and order books to open soon. But can be expect to mark a slight increase on the 5008’s current £28,980 starting price.

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This Volvo P1800 Cyan may be the best restomod ever

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class may have debuted today; but this right here might actually be the coolest thing we see today. This obscure machine is a Volvo P1800, but not any P1800 — it’s a restomodded P1800. What’s the big deal? Cyan Racing, formerly Volvo’s factory racing team, undertook this challenge and created something sublime.

Volvo P1800 Cyan - Cyan Racing, formerly Volvo's factory racing team

The idea was simple: Cyan wondered what the P1800 could have been if it had a race team backing the car all the way back in the 1960s; much like the iconic Ferrari and Jaguar vehicles of the time. The Volvo P1800 Cyan is the final product after the team channeled its motorsport learnings to imagine a race car for the road with the original car’s gorgeous design. And there was an effort to focus on driving purity – not a totally digital creation with an electric powertrain.

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Thus, there’s a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four derived from the Volvo S60 TC1 race car; which makes 420 horsepower and 336 pound-feet of torque. The team looked at plenty of engine options, including the P1800’s original engine, a five-cylinder and an inline-six, but ultimately, the turbo-four was the best fit.

The team’s knowledge surrounding the engine made it a perfect candidate to help tread the line between motorsport and road car. Even better, there’s a bespoke five-speed manual transmission onboard, and Cyan Racing said the powertrain is meant to rev. Keeping with the modern touches, the original live rear axle gone; and in its place sits a Cyan-designed independent rear suspension. There’s also a limited-slip differential meant to balance everyday driving and high performance on the track.

That’s not all for track use, though. The front and rear suspension is completely adjustable and sports double wishbones and two-way adjustable dampers with Cyan hydraulics. In true restomod fashion, it has a classic look, but the story shifts underneath the skin.The chassis itself is ready to take a beating, too, with carbon fiber reinforcing the car’s steel bones. Ensuring the 420 hp makes its way to the ground is a set of Pirelli P Zero tires; which wrap around 18-inch forged wheels.

Cyan Racing plans to build this car, believe it or not. Naturally, it’ll be an “if you have to ask” sort of ordeal when it comes to prices; but those with the means can be in touch with the racing outfit to spec their very own — and incredibly cool — P1800 Cyan.


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SkyDrive Has Completed The First Manned Test Flight Of SD-03 Flying Car

Japanese startup SkyDrive confirmed that it has completed the first manned test flight of its SD-03 flying car. With videos showing the vehicle in action.

Japanese startup reveals videos of flying car’s first manned test flight

SkyDrive said in a press release that the test flights, which were conducted on August 25 at the 10,000-square-meter Toyota Test Field, lasted for about four minutes. And a pilot was in the SD-03. But to ensure stability and safety. A computer-assisted control system was used. Along with technical staff that monitored flight conditions and the flying car’s performance.

SD-03 is designed to be the smallest electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle in the world. And, it only taking up the space of two parked cars. SD-03 flying car uses eight motors, with two rotors in four locations, to ensure safety during emergency situations.

SkyDrive plans to launch flying cars by 2023

“We are extremely excited to have achieved Japan’s first-ever manned flight of a flying car in the two years since we founded SkyDrive. With the goal of commercializing such aircraft,” CEO Tomohiro Fukuzawa said in a statement.

“We want to realize a society where flying cars are an accessible and convenient means of transportation in the skies. And people are able to experience a safe, secure, and comfortable new way of life.”

“In designing an unexplored, new genre of transportation known as the flying car. We chose the keyword “progressive” for inspiration,” Design Director Takumi Yamamot said. “We wanted this vehicle to be futuristic, charismatic. And desirable for all future customers. While fully incorporating the high technology of SkyDrive.”

The company hopes to make the flying car a part of normal life and not just a commodity. SkyDrive said that it will continue conducting test flights in more conditions. And that it is aiming to acquire approval to fly the SD-03 outside the Toyota Test Field before the end of the year.

The company will continue to develop technologies to safely and securely launch the flying car in 2023. 


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Top 8 Electric Vehicle That’s Expected In The Year 2021

Electric cars are the future, and each year we’ve seen automakers add more EVs to their lineup. These EVs aren’t for sale yet but are in various stages from concept to production. We’ve compiled a list of electric vehicle, from concept to starting production. After that, it isn’t available yet but will be soon.

BMW i4 (Expected: Late 2021)

New 2021 BMW i4

BMW has already announced that the i4 will have 523 hp and an 80.0-kWh battery pack, and it will start production in 2021. The i3 and i8 relied upon wild, futuristic designs to make a statement. The next model in the electric sub-brand will have far more conventional styling.

Audi Q4 e-tron (Expected: 2021)

Electric Vehicle - Audi Q4 e-tron
 

As you might expect from its name, the Q4 e-tron will slot in between Audi’s Q3 and Q5 crossovers in size. But it will be different from both in that it will come only in an all-electric e-tron configuration. In addition, Audi Q4 e-tron will ride on the company’s MEB platform.

Electric Vehicle Mercedes-Benz EQC (Expected: 2021)

Mercedes-Benz EQC


The Mercedes-Benz EQC400 4Matic, Mercedes’s first electric vehicle, is a compact crossover with an estimated range of 200 miles. We tested the EQC this past spring and found it hewed closely to the values Mercedes is known for: comfort, quietness, and precision in steering. The luxury vehicle starts at $68,895 and is slated to reach showrooms in early 2021.

Mercedes-Benz EQA (Expected: 2021)

Electric Vehicle - Mercedes-Benz EQA
 


Mercedes-Benz’s entirely new EV lineup will be part of what they’re calling the EQ family. Mercedes-Benz has pretty tight-lipped about range, or other powertrain details. EQA is their electric compact SUV, that was spot testing in the early months of 2020.

Mercedes-Benz EQS (Expected: 2021)

Mercedes-Benz EQS


EQ designates this new model as part of Mercedes’ electric sub-brand. And spy photos suggest that it will have an odd body shape. That’s not quite a sedan, not quite a hatchback, not quite a crossover, but more of a mishmash of all three.

Electric Vehicle Ford F-150 Electric (Expected: 2021)

Electric Vehicle - Ford F-150 Electric
 


Ford drawing in new shoppers interested in owning a pickup, but without the carbon footprint of a gasoline engine. It’s too soon for detailed specs, but Ford did pull off an impressive stunt in July when it had an electric F-150 tow a million pounds. Above all, the Ford F-150 electric pickup truck is expected on sale in 2021.

Mazda MX-30 (Expected: 2021)

Mazda MX-30


Mazda’s first fully electric vehicle, the MX-30, is a quirky small crossover with rear half-doors reminiscent of the RX-8 sports car. Initial specs show a tiny, 35.5-kWh battery pack, which won’t likely have more range than 150 miles. However, It hasn’t officially confirmed for the U.S. market yet, but if it does come, we think it will arrive sometime in late 2021.

Electric Vehicle Nissan Ariya (Expected: Late 2021)

Electric Vehicle - Nissan Ariya
 Nissan Ariya


The Nissan Ariya is Nissan’s second fully electric vehicle and built on what Nissan has created with the Leaf. Nissan said the most powerful version of this electric crossover has 389 hp, while the longest-range model promises to go 300 miles on a charge. It’ll feature Nissan’s new semi-autonomous driving system, ProPilot 2.0, and a dual front/rear motor drive configuration. Therefore, it has a starting price of around $40,000.

 

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Some Cars Will Never Be Crash-Tested

The Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery, and Porsche Macan are all comfortable SUVs with extra trimmings and technology. Consumers can easily compare their fuel economy, 0-to-60-mph acceleration time, and cargo capacity. But when it comes to safety, consumers are left in the dark as to how they would hold up in certain crash scenarios. That’s because these cars have no publicly available crash-test ratings.

Some Cars Will Never Be Crash-Tested

Nearly a half-million passenger cars and SUVs sold each year have not been crash-test rated by the two main organizations that conduct independent assessments: the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which uses a star rating system, and the insurance industry-backed Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which rates vehicles from Poor to Good.

Most of the vehicles without ratings are low-volume models, sports cars, luxury vehicles, or large vans. The expense is too great for NHTSA and the IIHS to test all vehicles, so choices are made based on car sales volume and testing budgets. Some untested models are new or redesigned and merely waiting in line to be evaluated. About 97 percent of all new vehicles sold are crash-test rated by one or both of the independent organizations.

If the vehicle you’re interested in is new and doesn’t have a rating yet, it may be worth waiting until it gets tested, says Jake Fisher, CR’s senior director of auto testing. “This is another good reason not to get the first new model at the dealership,” he says. “In addition to being able to see the results, if you wait, you’ll get a car that’s likely more reliable and probably with more of a discount, too.”

To be certified for sale, every new model sold in the U.S. must be crash-tested internally to ensure minimum federal safety standards are met. But a publicly available rating isn’t required.

Currently, no Jaguar, Land Rover, or Porsche models are rated by NHTSA or the IIHS. Last year, those three automakers represented almost half of all vehicles sold without any public cars crash-test ratings—or more than 185,000 new vehicles on American roads.

Among vehicles without ratings, a few—such as the Cadillac CT6, Kia K900, and BMW 7 Series luxury sedans—have sales numbers below 10,000 cars a year. NHTSA has no crash-test ratings for any recent Maserati or Alfa Romeo vehicle, although the IIHS tested the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Maserati Ghibli sedans, both of which got Good ratings for crashworthiness. Similarly, NHTSA did not test the Fiat 500L hatchback, but the IIHS did—and it got a Poor rating on the driver-side front small-overlap test.

CR does not perform crash tests, but we take NHTSA and IIHS crash-test ratings into account (when available) to calculate our Overall Score for each vehicle we buy and rate. That score also takes into account available safety systems, a vehicle’s CR road-test score, and results of CR’s exclusive Annual Auto Surveys, where owners report on their reliability experiences and their satisfaction with their vehicle. Vehicles without public crash-test ratings can still earn a CR recommendation. The current BMW 7 Series, Honda Clarity, Lexus GX, Mazda Miata MX-5, Nissan 370Z, Porsche 718 Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Macan, and Toyota Sequoia earned recommendations, as did the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette.

What If the Cars You Want Has Not Been Crash-Tested?

Some currently unrated cars, including the Cadillac CT4, are likely to be tested in the future. And now that Jaguar is selling more SUVs, the IIHS may consider testing some of them, says IIHS spokesman Russ Rader. But others, including the Nissan 370Z sports car, and Lexus GX and Toyota Sequoia full-sized SUVs, have been on sale for years without ever having received a public rating.

Rader says that car buyers who are interested in a model without publicly available crash-test data should at least look up driver fatality rates and insurance claim losses by make and model, which can be found on the IIHS website.

“These resources show how vehicles are performing for safety in real-world crashes and include some vehicles that are not routinely crash-tested by independent testing organizations,” he says. Rates for most cars are included, but there’s not enough data to determine rates for certain low-selling vehicles.

American consumers shouldn’t rely on ratings from safety agencies in other countries because protocols and safety standards can differ from country to country, and vehicles sold in other markets may have design differences that greatly affect their performance in crash tests even if those variations aren’t visible to the naked eye.

The vehicles in the chart below do not have public cars crash-tested ratings from NHTSA or the IIHS. They’re organized in order of average annual sales volume, listed in the right-hand column.

All Land Rover Vehicles – 94,736

All Porsche Vehicles – 61,658

All Jaguar Vehicles – 31,051

Lexus GX – 25,945

Mercedes-Benz GLS – 22,225

Mercedes-Benz GLA – 22,137

BMW X7 – 21,574

BMW 4 Series – 18,621

Chevrolet Corvette – 17,988

Mercedes-Benz A-Class – 17,641

Mercedes-Benz S-Class – 12,528

Mercedes-Benz CLA – 12,400

Honda Clarity – 11,654

Toyota Sequoia – 10,289

Mazda MX-5 Miata – 7,753


NHTSA says it provides cars crash-test ratings for 85 percent of new vehicle models, and the IIHS has crash-tested over 80 percent of mainstream vehicle models—which represents more than 97 percent of all passenger vehicles sold. Some vehicles that have not been crash-tested have been evaluated for child car seat fit, headlight visibility, rollover risk, or advanced safety features.

A NHTSA spokeswoman told CR that the agency chooses vehicles “predicted to have high sales volume, structural or restraint design changes compared to the previous year, and/or improved safety equipment,” and that some vehicles are not tested because of budgetary restrictions. Similarly, Rader told CR that the IIHS typically does not test high-end vehicles, sports cars, or large SUVs. “We try to stay in the heart of the consumer market,” he said.

David Friedman, CR’s vice president of advocacy and a former NHTSA acting and deputy administrator, says that although the agency might leave some vehicles out, focusing on top-selling cars is a wise move, considering that it pays for the cars it crash-tests, which can cost $10 million each year. For the most part, the IIHS also pays for the cars it tests.

“To fit in low-volume luxury cars would require either testing fewer cars that are more popular or taking money away from other life-saving efforts,” Friedman says.

Cars Crash-Test: All Models Must Meet Federal Standards

Even cars that lack public cars  crash-test ratings from NHTSA or the IIHS must still meet minimum federal safety standards. In order to sell a new vehicle in the U.S., manufacturers must provide information from their own company crash tests to NHTSA to ensure compliance with federal standards. Some automakers, such as Mercedes, also told CR that they perform extra crash tests before introducing a new vehicle. “We often conduct up to 15,000 realistic crash simulations and about 150 vehicle crash tests to make an entirely new vehicle ready for customer operations,” said Ashley Gillam, a spokeswoman for Mercedes-Benz.

A spokeswoman for Jaguar Land Rover did not respond to CR’s questions. A spokesman for Porsche told CR that NHTSA and the IIHS determine which vehicles to test; that the automaker “rigorously designs and tests its vehicles to confirm they comply with” federal standards, and that those results are shared with NHTSA.

NHTSA also sometimes randomly tests vehicles that aren’t part of its regular five-star rating program—including some Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, and Land Rover models—to make sure manufacturers are in compliance with federal standards.

Manufacturers can request a cars crash-test, too—which is why the IIHS tested the Maserati Ghibli sedan, Rader says. The agency has occasionally tested specialty vehicles, such as convertibles and hydrogen fuel-cell cars, to see how they perform in a crash. The IIHS will accept data from crash tests performed by manufacturers in certain cases—such as when the prior version of a model got a Good score—but the IIHS still audits a selection of those reports, Rader says.

Ultimately, crashworthiness is one of the many important considerations buyers must take into account when purchasing a new vehicle; in addition to the available advanced safety features that may help prevent a crash from occurring.

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