6 Luxury Diesel Sedans: A Leather-Clad, Fuel-Savvy Alternative to Gasoline
It has been very interesting to see how, as the saturation of alternative fuel sources increases, the technology used in the U.S. has been dramatically split between the two different countries that are most integral to America’s automotive landscape.
Japan has graced the world with mass-market hybrids; generally, companies in Japan from Toyota to Honda have put most of its ‘green’ eggs in one basket by funneling large amounts of money and resources into developing complex hybrid systems that use an electric motor alongside a conventional gasoline engine.
Germany, meanwhile, has spent its time and resources backing clean diesel technologies, expending additional efforts to ensure that its cars are qualified to meet the States’ stringent emissions codes. While hybrids have been catching on in a big way, diesels have been taking their time — but it, too, has begun to find its stride.
Despite the cost premium up front, diesel engines might be a smart investment depending on the type of use that it will see, as it can offer a lower cost of ownership than gasoline. Here are six luxury diesel sedans that will run a bit more up front, but can reward the buyer for years after purchase. Since we here at Wall St. Cheat Sheet haven’t driven the vehicles in question ourselves, we turned to the automotive expertise of Edmunds.com, Car and Driver, and others for some insight as to the pros and cons of each vehicle. The following are ranked alphabetically.