5 Hybrid and Diesel Cars: MotorTrend’s Fuel Efficiency Shootout
With the upswing in alternative fuel vehicles, the debate has started as to which is truly more efficient: hybrid vehicles that use a combination of gasoline and electricity, or diesels, which run exclusively on diesel fuel. Although hybrids have proven to be quite popular domestically, offering commendable mileage for a price that’s reasonable relative to the industry, the latter has long been considered a ‘dirty’ method of energy, especially in the U.S., where regulations greatly restrict the importing and production of numerous diesel models that the majority of the world enjoys.
However, new breakthroughs in technology have allowed select diesel vehicles to meet federal requirements, and have been approved for sale in the U.S. Some, like Volkswagen’s TDI system, have been around longer, while others, like the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Cruze, are just being released. As diesel options expand, those seeking a more fuel efficient car will face an increasingly difficult decision.
Fortunately, publications like MotorTrend spend a great deal of time putting these cars through their paces, and presenting their findings in a comprehensive report like this one. This time around, they featured the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, the Toyota (NYSE:TM) Prius, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, and the Honda (NYSE:HMC) Civic Hybrid. Here’s how they all stacked up.