Diesel-Powered Vehicles at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Say the word "diesel" and people immediately think of dirty, stinky and loud over-the-road trucks. That’s just not true any more. Today’s modern diesel engines are quiet, powerful and efficient. Best of all they don’t smell any more!

Diesel engines are inherently more efficient than their gasoline counterparts. Take, for example, the Land Rover Range Rover. With the six-cylinder gas engine the Range Rover is EPA rated at 17 mpg city and 32 mpg highway. The diesel counterpart carries a rating of 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. That’s roughly a 25% improvement. Better yet, the diesel will save you more than $250 per year in fuel costs.

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An the other end of the spectrum, there’s the all-new Jaguar XE. The base gas engine rates a respectable 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway. Opt for the diesel and you’re sipping along to the tune of 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway -- those are hybrid numbers.

Another advantage of diesel engines is the amount of low-speed grunt they offer. Exhibit A, Chevy’s Duramax diesel pumps out 765 lb/ft of torque.  Exhibit B, Ram’s Cummins Turbo makes 900 lb-ft of torque.  Exhibit C (and the closing argument), Ford’s Powerstroke in the Super Duty produces 925 pound-feet of torque. So if you’re pulling a boat out of the water or stump out of the ground, there’s no better choice than a diesel.

You can find the following diesel-powered vehicles on display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show or at the Vehicles on Display section of the auto show Web site.