EPA fuel economy (city/highway, combined):
Only the Germans are brave enough to sell diesel-powered cars and SUVs in the US. While todays diesels are legal in all 50 states, produce no smoke, and sound as quiet as gasoline-powered cars, most automakers avoid them like the 13th floor.
Which is a pity, considering that diesel engines offer greater fuel efficiency and pulling power. Witness the three-row Audi Q7 TDI and its colossal 406 pound-feet of torque, which the V-8 model and its EPA 13/18 rating cant match.
If you want a diesel with a small footprint, get the $22,660 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. If youve got to cruise large with all the trimmings, its hard to pick a diesel thats more well-crafted and stylish than the Q7.