Diesel Car Guide: Every 2015-2016 Car & Light Truck, With Specs: UPDATED Page 2


2015 Chevrolet Cruze

2015 Chevrolet Cruze

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Chevrolet

General Motors is the only U.S. carmaker attempting to challenge Volkswagen in the entry-level diesel field, with the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.

The Cruze features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 151 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, and drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

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EPA-rated fuel economy for the small Chevy is 33 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 46 mpg highway).

The Cruze received a handful of updates for the 2015 model year, but an all-new version is expected for 2016.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Like the Cruze, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is the only offering in its class from a U.S. carmaker.

Behind the Jeep badge is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 borrowed from parent company Fiat. It produces 240 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque.

MORE: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel: Diesel SUV Fuel Economy Tested

An eight-speed automatic is the only available transmission, but the Grand Cherokee can be had with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

With rear-wheel drive, the Jeep gets an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway), or 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway) with four-wheel drive.

The Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel is Jeep's sole diesel model at the moment, although have been reports that Chrysler is considering a diesel engine option for the next-generation Wrangler, which likely won't appear before 2017.

2015 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

2015 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec

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Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes currently offers four diesel models, three of which use the same 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed automatic transmission.

The 2015 E250 BlueTec sedan features 195 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, and a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Rear-wheel drive models are rated at 33 mpg combined (28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway), while all-wheel drive models are rated at 31 mpg combined (27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway).

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The GLK250 BlueTec ML250 BlueTec SUVs both get a slight power bump to 200 hp, with mandatory all-wheel drive. They're rated at 28 mpg combined (24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway) and 25 mpg combined (22 mpg city, 29 mpg highway) respectively.

The larger GL350 BlueTec uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6, with 240 hp and 455 lb-ft. As with the other SUV models, a seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are required.

Mercedes' biggest diesel model nets 22 mpg combined 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway).

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE

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Ram

The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is the only diesel half-ton pickup truck on sale, and the most fuel-efficient half-ton as well.

Its 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 is shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, producing the same 240 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission is mandatory, with a choice of either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

The standard EcoDiesel gets 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway) with rear-wheel drive, and loses 1 mpg in each category with four-wheel drive.

For 2015, Ram also added an HFE (for High Fuel Efficiency) model to the lineup. Available only with rear-wheel drive, its more aerodynamic body boost fuel economy to 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city, 29 mpg highway).


 
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